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About altheapdx

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  • Birthday February 6

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    Sandy, OR
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    Sewing, Gardening, Mothering, Domestic Queen

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  1. I'm really new to posting in forums or on blogs or whatever. This site is actually the first time I've ever used one. Yesterday I put my real email address on this forum/blog. Could you please edit the post and either delete my email altogether or edit it to read robynstoll at gmail dot com? I would be so much appreciative. I've already started receiving spam and was told by another member that this is a big no-no. Lesson learned. Thanks, Robyn Stoll http://leatherworker...showtopic=40419 Name: Robyn Stoll UserName: altheapdx IP Address: Email Address: altheapdx@gmail.com
  2. DoubleC you make a very valid point. I've done a considerable amount of sewing on these seats with my lil o'Brother machine. I'm actually amazing myself at what I've been able to do. It's just the dang nab corners. I can't get the lift I need out of my walking foot. And I'm done trying. I'm working on the cushions for the bed and the curtains now, have resolved myself to "gonna have to wait until I find the right tool for the project". I'm gonna contact you off list to talk about machines. My hang-up is shipping. I'm on such a tight budget, that I'm afraid if I pay you a fair price for the machine, the shipping is going to be over the top. That's why I'm scouring my 'local' craigslist. "Local" in quotes, because I'm actually looking as far as 5 hours away from home. I've only found one shop local and when I talked with him, really nice guy btw, he buys used 'junk' and refurbishes them and is at least 4 months out... ugh. I'm posting this and contacting an administrator about the email snafu. I've never posted on a blog or forum before I and I'm caulking this up to "lesson learned".
  3. I maybe too late... this morning i opened my mail to about 100+ spams...couldn't figure out what in the world...then read this. Thank you for the heads up. How do I edit that post? I was able to edit this one, but there's no 'edit this post' button-thingy on yesterday's. Ruled out the Juki DDL-552 btw. Glorified domestic household machine...ugh.
  4. I'm in Sandy, Oregon. email me at robynstoll@gmail.com
  5. Hi guys, me again. smile. Have done a bunch more reading and again appreciate all the guidance I've received. I've found yet another machine locally that I think might fit the task at hand. BUT, big but, can't seem to find a whole lot of information about it online. Was hoping someone might have an opinion they would share... It's a Juki DDL-552. http://medford.craigslist.org/bfs/2956617561.html Thanks again.
  6. Wow. Thanks so much for the info and quick responses. I'm going to do some reading, tomorrow, about the 111w155 and the 15-91 DoubleC recommended. Hopefully by then I won't be so cross-eyed. My husband is nearly finished with the motor & tranny work and wants the seats done yesterday... smile.
  7. Reasoning behind the compound feed? Seems like maybe the short answer... I've read at least three dozen of your other responses & posts and you are a wealth of knowledge. I'm sincerely looking for help. I bow to your expertise.
  8. any recommendations? very limited budget & one time project...ugh.
  9. Hi, I'm new to this site, but have been a seamstress for decades (a girl never reveals her age). I have mostly done household items - clothing, quilts, handbags and other miscellaneous items. All of these items have been done on my Brother XR-65. Recently we purchased a 1974 VW Bus. I am in the process of re-doing the seats & curtains. I'm using a medium weight vinyl for the seats. My Brother has blasted through the seams & did a good job of attaching cording to the edges, but once I hit piecing at the corners…uh, oh. It's a no go. My walking foot doesn't lift high enough to maneuver over them. The standard pressure foot is a no go, had a terrible time with it bunching the vinyl. So by now you're asking "why is this crazy lady posting on a leather site when she's using vinyl?" Here's why, I'm finding that after days of reading on this site and various others, there is a lot of similarities between leather and vinyl. And my questions are specifically related to different machines I'm looking at and the wealth of sewing machine knowledge on this site… well, I think you all can help direct me. First, let me state that a 'reverse' feature isn't necessary. I am totally capable of flipping the material to do the backstitching. I'm not planning on doing upholstery for a living, just this one time project. So I'm putting that low on the priority list. Of course it would be great, but it's not necessary. Then walking foot: I've absolutely had to use the walking foot on my Brother to feed the material evenly. For the portion of the project I've done thus far with my Brother, I've been basting the edges of the vinyl prior to sewing it. Will continue to do so just to make doubly sure that the vinyl feeds evenly. But I'm thinking that with this upgrade and the foot dogs with much more girth, I will probably be able to get by with either a nylon/teflon pressure foot or a roller foot. With all the expertise I'm finding on this site, do you think that's a logical assumption? Here's the machines I'm looking at locally and my comments/questions. Any advice, guidance, suggestions or other would be much appreciated. A Singer 241-12 for $150: The ad states it runs great but could use a tune up. When I talked with the seller she said there's nothing wrong with it, it just needs cleaned and lubed up. I'm pretty sure this machine would do what I need it to do. Do you agree? I think my biggest reservation with this machine is the speed. This puppy, according to what I've read, moves and it moves FAST. Like 5000 stitches per minute! I'm afraid the speed on such work is going to be too much. I've got to do some pretty tight corners and I happen to like the tips of my fingers. If I purchase this machine, could I put on a different motor to slow it down? It says it has a "foot operated clutch motor". A what?? Feel sort of like a dunce, but I'm not sure I know what that means. My educated guess after reading about 5.7 million webpages, is that your foot engages the clutch. But isn't that how all machines engage? It also has a 1/3 horsepower motor, stronger than the other machine I'm thinking about. This machine is gear driven with minimum stitch of 5 1/2 per inch. It's also a drop feed machine, which I think for my purposes is good. The manual I found online says it has a 5/16" pressure foot lift. It also states it will accommodate needles from 8-21. I've been using a 90/14 on the Brother and haven't had any issues with it. The other is a Singer 31-15 for $250: The advantage over the 241-12 seems to be it will go slower, max of 2200 stitches per minute. But it only has a 1/4 horsepower motor versus the 1/3 horsepower of the 241-12. It's been recently serviced and I saw the receipt stating as much. The stitch length is slightly longer, minimum of 7 per inch. But I've measured the original seat covers and they are from about 4 - 7 stitches per inch. I can't seem to find information about the pressure foot lift on this machine, whether it's gear driven or not and what type of feed it has. It, per the manual I found, accommodates needs from 14-23, so good there. So where am I at? I think it seems as though the 241-12 would be the better machine for my purpose. But I'm really worried about the speed. LIke I said I really like the tips of my fingers and wish to keep them. I'm finding a lot more information about the 241-12 online-Gear driven, drop feed, lift of pressure foot than I am about the 31-15. Think this is probably because the 241-12 is such a newer machine. Other question: Do either of these machines have the ability to sew with synthetic thread? And what thread would you recommend? Ideally I wouldn't want to use cotton because it is easily damaged by sun. V-dubs of course have lotso windows. I don't want to be doing this again in a few years. Enough. I've literally been reading every blog, thread, post, e-bay ad, manuals, you name it for days trying to whittle this down. I'm cross eyed from staring at my computer monitor and my head is swirling with details. Plus, my kids have only have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every meal for days. Ok, not really, but I've definitely not being putting out the 'normal' mommy meals. Like I said, any advice, suggestions or recommendations would be really appreciated. Thanks, Robyn P.S. I should mention that with 3 young children in the house and a 1 person income, the budget for this purchase is $0.
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