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  1. I know Campbell makes one. It will cost you more than Weavers. And for the record I've owned the Weaver punch for about 6-7 years. Punch with it every day. Never had the issue you describe.
  2. We average about 1000 packages out a month. 99% we use 1st class package. We are seeing minor delays everywhere. Basically most items would arrive in 2 business days anywhere in the US before this mess hit. Now it is 4-5 business days with the exceptions of New York and Chicago which have been absolute nightmares. Pretty much every package that has gone into the Bronx distribution center since May has been MIA. Everything that has gone into the Lake Zurich , ILL facility has taken a 3-4 week vacation. Like Nstar, we have also stopped shipping international for the time being as we have about 200 items out there MIA for about a month or so...Seems like it got really bad the beginning of July. Our local Post Master is of the opinion that 1st class package is actually a little better than priority right now as there are more trucks moving than planes. Whether there is any truth to that I don't know.
  3. If it is an older swing arm type press most models are pretty much made them same and there are a ton of old clicker presses out there. IMO unless the deal is phenomenal and the press looks in good condition I would not buy a press I couldn't test before hand. You could wind up with a 3000 LB paper weight. Finding people that know how to work on them is hard. I had one of my older Fipi presses go down a few years ago and it took my almost 3 years to find someone that could fix it. As for if it would work for what you want? The little bit I could see about it online from one that sold in the past says it's a 25 ton. That is more than enough. I have a 25 Ton and two 15 tons and have not come across anything yet leather wise the 15 tons can't handle even with very involved dies and 14oz leather.
  4. https://leathermachineco.com/product/cobra-class-20-upholstery-feet-set/
  5. Either a Cobra 4 or a Cowboy CB4500. You are going to have a hard time finding them in your budget but you are close on a used one. You see them pop up in the $2200 range on this site and some of the trade forums on FB. While you are saving up watch for one close to you. They are beasts and are expensive to ship. You also may want to call The leather machine co for Cobras and Toledo sewing for Cowboy. they are both basically the same machine so it comes down to which is closer to you for shipping. I know LMC usually has some used ones available to. Both dealers are top notch and neither will sell you more than you need.
  6. Yep, nice looking Kingsley there. I'm with Wiz, i have two that look like dinosaurs but the work great. A free tidbit of information. I have found that I can use Foundry letterpress type on them so you can use larger fonts. I spell out what I want with the letterpress type, run a piece of electrical tape around them to hold them in line. Them I use double sided tape to hold the letters to the letter block on the Kingsley. You will need to run the heat setting higher than the smaller letters but it works great. 2nd free tidbit. About the only thing that ever goes wrong on them is the heating element. There is a guy on eBay that makes and sells them. His seller ID is lou_dawg
  7. Well it appears the conversation has ended and the name calling and putting people down has begun so I am out. To the initial 3 in this conversation, thanks. It is obvious you all care about our country while we have different views. I respect your opinions, have a great day! I'm done with work now. I'm gonna go kill some golf balls!
  8. Yes, I saw this story also, several times. So in your opinion Any sitting president should ignore the advice of the CDC's top guy (the one you say is in Trumps pocket) yet he has served under 6 different presidents from different parties. It is obvious from your posts that you are anti anything Trump. I get it. But using that logic that Trump is a fool, somehow you think that he is smart enough that he should have started taking actions beyond what his very top medical advisors where telling him? You do understand that presidents have advisors because they can't possibly know everything right? Even The World Health organization was saying that Trump was over reacting when he banned travel from China...
  9. Source: Fox news, White House, Dr Anthony Fauci. Dr Fauci explains that President Trump approved every single action that he, the head of the CDC requested immediately. What does golfing have to do with taking action? I have lots of problems going on in my life right now due to this mess. They have just opened golf courses here with social distancing rules. I have been golfing every single day since the re-opened weather permitting. Amazingly I am still able to get all my business done. Am I supposed to sit in my house and do nothing all day? Or shop I delegate jobs to my employees and take care of the business I need to take care of and recreate. It clears my head and keeps me sane. Don't think I'm defending Trump blindly. The guy is a buffoon with no moral character. But when he does something good I call it like I see it, same with when he does something bad. The difference is in both scenarios I get my news from multiple credible sources and then decide. Listen to Fox, CNN, and BBC and you will find the truth lies somewhere in the middle. https://www.axios.com/fauci-trump-coronavirus-clarification-48ea405a-a25d-4820-b5e0-dab697e899b0.html
  10. And here we go with the blame game. lets get the public so busy fighting about who's fault something is they will become tribal about their political views. We came make them think all politicians outside their party are evil and want the country to fail. They will be so busy fighting about who is to blame the government will be able to do anything it wants. People will vote for a bad idea just because their party suggests it. Amazing.
  11. No, can't find anything regarding this on the CDC website or any legitmate news source. Please supply a link to it on the CDC website. I would like to read it.
  12. I never did like where our country/society was heading so I never had kids. Don't have to worry about what will happen to them. As for government surveillance, I was stationed at Clark Airbase in 82. When I arrived I looked over at this big metal monstrosity of antennas and asked what it was. Was told it was called the Elephants cage, don't worry about it. Turns out because of my job I had to learn about it, It was listening post. It was able to monitor any signal broadcast anywhere in the world. Computers and internet weren't a thing yet so it was manned by humans listening for keywords and then recording conversations when they heard them. Bottom line, they have been listening to all our communications for decades. Stop getting your news from Facebook. Please explain to me how someone would try and push their agenda to get people to vaccinate for something by saying the vaccine will be 7 times deadlier than the virus. While Gates funds a medical research institute he has no medical degree. Please list a source showing this information that the vaccine (any vaccine ever put into use) is 7 times deadlier than the disease. And lets see some legitimate sources, not Billybob from the backwoods news channel on Youtube.
  13. We agree on the vaccinations for sure. Herd immunity is a thing and we need to protect all by vaccinating those that safely can be. Whether or not this is worse than the flu my jury is still out. As far as the "It's not getting any better". The numbers where I am say something completely different. We are testing more than ever now in Utah with new test becoming available every day by the thousands. Our governor is now asking people with no symptoms to test. yet with all these new tests our numbers of infected people continue to decline daily over the past 5 days from a peak over 112 a day testing positive to yesterday 42. We have 19 deaths from Covid-19 this year. Every single one of them an older person with other health issues. So far in the 2020 flu season Utah has had 29 influenza deaths. 11 older people with other health issues, 7 under the age of 18 consider healthy, and the rest somewhere in between. Covid -19 is real and dangerous, don't think I'm saying it is not. I also think our health organizations and politicians fudge the numbers to direct money and political gain.
  14. True. Source Worldmeter , scroll down to "health" 140,000+ deaths this year from influenza. Then click on Coronavirus on the top of the page. 129,000 deaths so far worldwide. https://www.worldometers.info/
  15. A lot of paranoia here. My opinion is that the majority of the hysteria about Covid-19 was (is) caused by the media. They have forced the political parties to play the same old game that whatever you do is wrong. You did this too late, too early, not enough, too much. Now the blame game will start. As for DNA paranoia. It has already been proven that just about anyone in the world can now be accurately identified by DNA even though they gave a sample. This is because of all the people that already have given it which allows people to be traced through genealogy. Law enforcement has already proven this to be true by closing cold cases using DNA from genealogy businesses. Vaccinations...look, even I was calling Bullshit on Corona Virus being as big of a deal as it is. Despite how it is in Wyoming and here in Utah there is no arguing it is bad in other parts of the world and country. Are some of the numbers being fudged? Probably. Hospitals and health organizations can gain massive funding by making this look worse than it is and medical professionals have great leeway with no oversight on what they declare is the cause of death. Bottom line though, vaccinations, come on already. I grew up in the days of polio and other afflictions in New York City. It seemed like very week classmates would just be gone, either crippled or dead from diseases that vaccinations all but eradicated until this idiotic anti vaxxer crap started. The carp that has been proven false over and over by every major medical research organization worldwide. Are people adversely affected by vaccinations? Absolutely. A very very small percentage of the population with the vast majority protected. Two weeks into this Covid -19 crap and I looked at one of my friends and said, "watch, the same people crying bloody murder that this virus will kill us all and the government is not doing enough will be the same people crying about everything the government did and refusing to take the vaccination". I must be ing psychic. As far as being slaves to the government. Until people pull their collective heads out of their asses and force term limits for congress and senate, yes, we are slaves to our government. They have tricked the younger generation into thinking we work for them instead of them for us. People waste so much time with partisan bickering and fear mongering that nothing gets done. Instead of listening to other opinions and having conversations about them they vilify anyone who doesn't think like them. Watch, I'll no doubt be called an idiot and probably other names for this post.
  16. I sell my products on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, and two of my own websites. There are out of country sellers selling the same type of product I sell for as little as $4 with free shipping. I never tried to compete. I make mine better, explain why it is better. have really good photos and exceptional customer service and I charge $39.99 and sell them all day long. Bottom line, don't compete. Be better and name your price.
  17. I don't have a solution on how to repair it. I would remove it and just make a new cover but I understand that can be a daunting task. The reason you can not push the needle through is because of how the french seam is designed. The hole you are sticking the needle into is sewn shut a few millimeters past the hole.
  18. Ask me what made me think it may be that...we have all had our first machine once. I remember doing the same exact thing. Of note is a Facebook page called Tips and Tricks with Cobra Class Leather Working Equipment. Two guys moderate it, Al Bane and Bruce Brand. They both not only know more about sewing machines than most but they have the bat phone to Steve at the Leather Machine Co. It is a fantastic resource. The few problems I have had over the years with my Cobra machines (all caused by me) they talked me through and had me up and running quickly. Usually you will have a response to any issue in minutes and Al will often have you call him so he can work through the problem with you on the phone.
  19. Taylor, Most of the time when that happens it is because you are not bringing the needle all the way up after finishing the last stitch. Just rotate your hand wheel so the needle is all the way up before trying to remove your work from the machine.
  20. * In the UK it is illegal to refuse to supply or make anything for anyone based on their colour, ethinicity, disablement or sexuality - even if I tell them I don't make that item its seen as a refusal That's ridiculous. How could they force you to make a product you don't currently make? I can see if you have a table full of widget arms sitting in front of you and they want a widget arm and you tell them you don't have any. But if someone walks into my shop and asks me to make them a saddle, it ain't happening. I never have and don't know how. Can't see how they can say that is refusal of service.
  21. Yep, what Mike said. I have a shop but no retail store front. No signs, no nothing. We do zero face to face dealings with customers. I did that before in the past. Had 2-4 hours a day wasted by people asking stupid questions, telling me I'm over priced, giving me product suggestions, and thinking I want to spend 30 minutes talking about their awesome motorcycle rides while I have a six month back up on custom orders. I'm too busy making product to have to stand around and answer silly questions. We do business online only. Every great once in awhile someone will find my phone number and call saying they want to talk to me about ordering a custom leather dohickey. I text them back at the end of the day when I'm done filling orders and give them my email address and explain that we do not accept orders by phone. Reason for this is in 30 years of making stuff, I've never had one person be able to explain a picture over the phone. I also explain that we like to have the details written down so we both have a record of all the details. I know this turns a lot of potential customers off but that is fine. From March to October we have a 3 person shop pulling 14 hour days 6 days a week and 3 contract jobbers used as needed. After October we stop taking new orders till March and just try to play catch up.
  22. I don't believe it is. Pretty sure it is a needle feed.
  23. My opinion is if they can teach you how to make money doing something, they would be doing that something and keeping their mouths shut about it as less competition is always better. The fact that they are selling "How To" make money doing something means they make more money selling the how to method because the method is bunk.
  24. I do regular business with Hide house using their oil tanned and Chrome tanned leathers. They are fantastic people and the leather I get from them is great. Trust me though, don't bother trying their veg tan if HO A quality is what you are after. It's a lot better than what you just received but it won't compare. My main complaint is major fluctuations in thickness. They think when you order a 4/5 that a 4/6.5 is Ok. not to mention you can order the same weight in veg 3 different times and 3 different thicknesses.
  25. I didn't even consider the paste. I always use the gel.
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