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    Restoring vintage sewing machines. Sewing + repairing military canvas + leather items

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  1. Look at the pictures - this could end as a real bargain!
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    Needle clamp for adler 30-1

    that probably explains why I´m kind of "Singer crazy" though I live in the country of Pfaff and Adler
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    Keith Pommer Auction

    Indeed! I found 2 or 3 vintage Singers I would be interested in
  4. Agree what kgg said AND you have not pulled the thread over the small hook (prong) in the tension unit - see this Video. I mentioned the small hook in my post from June 27th.
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    Just found this feet on Ebay. Seems seller will ship to the UK
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    29K8 new purchased

    machine should be the same as the 29K4 and the like. I only have this quite poor manual. Singer 29K4 Manual.pdf There are a lot of 29K models (different subclasses) and there are several differences. Yours seems to be from the early 1900´s. Most available parts are for the late models and not all are compatible with your very early 29K. There are are a few parts that universal fit (not many) and some can be modified to fit. You f.i. can buy 29K parts from College Sewing in the UK or Machine looks quite complete so what parts do you actually need.
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    29k mystery

    Why should it be modified? I don´t think someone would retrofit a patcher machine with a different gear box. Regarding pinions - there are at least 3 different sizes of pinions among the 29 / 29K series but I think at least 4 different gear boxes. Your machine appears to be a very early one made somewhere between 1900 and and early 1920´s or so. Please post some pictures if you don´t mind.
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    New to me Pfaff 1245 feeds backwards

    This sounds very strange and I don´t know what a Singer 519 is so just to clarify: Moving backwards in your case means the material is feeding towards you when the lever is down and you turn the hand wheel towards you and it is feeding away from you when the lever is up and you turn the hand wheel towards you. Is this what happens? I know question may sound stupid but you never know...
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    New to me Pfaff 1245 feeds backwards

    is it just feeding or is it permanently sewing backwards? If it is just feeding backwards and the stitch length lever is in correct forward position it could be a motor failure.
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    Singer 133k or 29k

    Singer 29K in best case have a 5mm stitch length but rather expect 3-4mm. These are repair machines and not really production machines. If you do repairs on shoes or bag or other items they are very handy to have. Funny machine for sewing smaller odds and ends and nick nacks but forget this machine for serious leather work. 133K8 / 17 machines I would consider as heavy upholstery type machines. However Singer describes them in their parts list as suitable for "general leather work" - what ever that means. I would say plain or flat leather work. These machines have a very large capacity rotary hook and can handle quite thick thread and needles (but depends how they are set up). Availability of presser feet for this machine is quite limited. The majority of feet you find are just piping feet. I have a 132K6 (flat bed version of the 133K8) and I can get 12mm materiel under the foot w/o problems but I have not sewn 12mm leather with it but I have sewn 12mm felt. The 133K / 132K have a rather lightweight hand wheel considering the overall size of the machine. Machines like Singer 45K have a much much heavier hand wheel = more punching power due to the rotating mass. So if you need a good punching power you probably have to add a speed reducer and servo motor with small pulley if you want do heavy leather work with heavy thread and thick needles. Also - this machine has no reverse (if that matters). Parts situation is very good because SEIKO SK-2B and Mitsubishi DY253 are very similar machines and are still in production. Both are flat bed machines but share a lot of head parts with the 132K8 cylinder arm machine. Best advise always is to test the machine before you buy it especially when you do not have much experience with sewing machines.
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    Bargain Sewing Machines in the UK once sold table mount bobbin winder for the barrel type bobbins on Ebay and Amazon. Their website is gone but maybe you can contact them through Ebay. Singer and Adler produced feet for these jump foot machines. They are very hard to find. Unfortunately there are no after market feet for this machine.
  12. Solar leather once posted this hand control solution:
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    Can you run a cowboy 3200 on an old singer treadle?

    I never understood why someone would like to hand crank a heavy duty machine when electricity is available or health reasons make it impossible or you don´t live out in the boonies. Space is no "proper" reason in my opinion. You can make space saving solutions even with servo motors and speed reducer. Sewing proper straight lines must be a pain with must 1 hand on the material. Or what am I missing? This was my solution but you for sure can build narrower stands with smaller pedals (scroll down to the end) EDIT: I tried the heavy treadles (as for the 45K´s) a few times - did not like it at all. The control and torque at slow speed is not nearly as good as with servo + speed reducer. These treadles may be nice for display of historical reasons but not relay comfortable in a daily use (from a nowadays view).
  14. No offense but you should have posted more detailed pictures of your machine from the start so we probably could have seen if something is wrong on the machine. Seeing the "whole picture" can lead to faster and better evaluations / solutions. The Singer 111 needle bar works on your 239. College Sewing has them If you replace the whole bar you already know where you can find spare thread guides or screws if you need them in the future. Better order a few spare needle screws too. If you loose them on a carpet you never find them again - guess how I know! See items description for spare parts numbers. Thread shredding often is caused by needle / hook timing issues. sometimes it helps lowering or rising the needle bar just a tiny bit - even when you followed the values from the manual. EDIT: It also could be the needle hook distance. If the needle is too far away form the hook tip thread could be shredded. There also is a bobbin case opener that needs attention if not properly adjusted thread could hang on it and break. Or in worst case a combination of all this. Can you post a short video with open bobbin cover while sewing (slow hand cranking if possible) and the thread shredding happens? Maybe we can see something...
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    Siger 51W SV 2 Post Bed Machine Restoration

    I also added a thread holder I found on Ebay a while back. I also figured when you remove the silver limiter which is mounted to the stitch length lever and grind down the feed dog a bit on the backside you can achieve almost 5mm / 5SPI stitch length - original stitch length was approx 3.2mm The paint once again is VHT crackle / wrinkle paint