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JojoSinclair

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  1. OK, so I understand that most machines in the same class are pretty much identical. In this case, I refer to the Cobra Class 18, The TechSew 2700 and the Cowboy CB227R.............. Both the Cowboy and the TechSew can be bought and fitted with an optional roller guide, however, the Cobra does not have a roller guide built for it. The Cobra might be the more suitable machine for the user in that is has a true flat bed table. Would the roller guides from the TechSew or the Cowboy fit the Cobra Class 18, since they are reasonably identical machines? Is there a universal roller guide that would fit the Cobra out there? Anyone got a link for that? Thanks for your time.
  2. When people talk about 441 clones not 'handling' light work very well, what do they mean by this? I read this a lot. What problems would you likely run into?
  3. Hi Art, I've just checked the Cobra site and it states that the Class 18 would run up to #207 thread........... did you mean something else?
  4. Thanks for the replies so far. I've attached a picture showing the exact thickness I have in mind. I'm a metric kid so it would be good to have an opinion on here. Is my work light/medium (class 18 etc.) or heavy (Toro 3000)? Used machine........ not something I'd thought of before, but I suppose when I know what class of machine I would be going for it might be a good idea to see if there are any deals out there. Part of me also thinks that I should go new because of being in the UK. I certainly don't need somebody's old problem, but I will definitely look into it. 207 thread and up is really something that I would value. I hadn't realised the Class 18 was 138 max. Thanks again for the advice.
  5. Hi, I’m a new member on here trying to learn and looking for sound advice based on the 100’s of year of combined leather work experience on here. So, please, let me tell a little about my story…… So, my mother, who is has been an exceptionally gifted craft person and artist for many decades (been a teacher, collaborated on books and won awards in different, intricate, craft fields), lost my father last year after caring for him for many years through an all too common illness. The whole process drained her and drained her financial resources. She’s asked me to come up with a way, since I setup run my own marketing business, for her to make a modest living so she can still have a decent retirement. After much thought, thinking about her skills and personality (her obsessive perfectionism!) I thought leather craft would offer the best opportunity to do something she would enjoy, be likely to be good at, and that I could comfortably develop as a small business for her, here in the UK. She is also a mandolin player and singer in a local band and her friends are all musicians, and because of this, we settled on her making instrument straps for guitars, mandolins, brass etc. We are lucky enough to live within 30mins of a leather craft shop. We went and got some veg-tan scraps and some cheap tools for a few pounds to see if she would like the medium. She instantly loved the feel of working with leather and started noticing all kinds of cross-over techniques from her past craft experience. She is very enthused about the whole thing and she has decided she is serious about letting me help her create a little business for herself. She wants to get the right tools to work with the best leathers she can get so she can make really strong, high quality products. So, she’s the skill but I’m the research and planning! That is why I’m here…. SEWING MACHINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve read the 8 page guide on here started by Wiz about how to select the right sewing machine for the job at hand. That was one hell of a read in one sitting, but it did help me understand that I was probably looking at a triple feed, walking foot with servo motor and I would be best served by going for a dedicated leather sewing machine than a upgraded domestic or a cross-over industrial. Feel free to correct me! Thank you to all that made that thread the informative read that it was. I’m personally of the opinion that the most expensive machine that I will ever buy would be the cheap machine that won’t do the job, i.e. a total waste of time and money. Especially since I am using my mother’s capital, I am eager to make sure we acquire the best quality machine for the job without making a mistake and buying a product that has more features than we would use. I don’t believe I can source a true leather sewing machine in the UK. After a 400 mile round trip to see the country’s largest industrial sewing machine showroom, they just tried to sell me something that I don’t believe was fit for purpose and was over budget. Their so called expert was getting prompted by me, and I’m a total novice!!! Sourcing from the States it is then! Since I’ll be paying 20% of the cost of the item in import tax and then about $400-$700 shipping to the UK (so over $1000 more than the list price of the machine), and waiting over a month to get it to the UK where I will have to hire a truck to go and pick it up from a port or airport I really, really, really don’t want to pick the wrong one! It’s going to cost a lot, take time and effort to get it here and setup in my mother’s workshop. _______________ We will mainly be sewing straps using heavy bridal leather with a thinner suede or leather backing. Some of the designs we intend to produce might require a double layer of the bridal with backing, but I wouldn't anticipate any thinker than that. 80% of the work would be the single layer of bridal with the backing. We may occasionally use snake skin or alligator hide in the mix. I’ve narrowed it down to a selection of machines I believe are suitable (again, correct me if I’m wrong) and I would really value opinion of the experts on here about which would offer the best suitability, which company offers the best customer service and see if there are any other machines that people can recommend to add to this list: Cobra Class 18 http://www.leatherma...alog.php?item=5 $1,595 ($1,445 with Dave’s discount) Spoke to Dave Spiegel, who I must say is a class act, about his machines and he believes the Class 18 would be the tool for our work. He also offered $150 of the cost of the machine in recognition of the extra $1000 or so I will be paying to get it to the UK. $695 shipping (understandable from the West coast). Artisan Toro 3000 or 618-1 LTHR http://www.a1sewingm...antoro3000.html $1,950 http://www.a1sewingm...n618-1lthr.html $1,675 Spoke to Ron Anderson at A1SewingMachines and he suggested that the Toro3000 might be overkill for my needs but that the 618-1LTHR would be more suited. He questioned the Toro’s ability to work on medium leather as well as the 618-1LTHR would. Any help on that one? Yet to get shipping price back but estimated at $400-$600. TechSew 2700 or Techsew 5100 http://shop.raphaels...products_id=289 $1,599 http://shop.raphaels...products_id=562 $2,695 (pretty much out of the price range unless I get a seriously compelling reason to opt for this one.) Spoke to someone called Michael, I think, who said the 2700 wouldn't be suitable as my work was on the heavier side of medium and recommended the 5100. TechSew did however over shipping at $350. HELP! And thanks in advance.
  6. This is my first post on here and I don't want to upset anyone, but found this thread interesting enough to reply. I don't yet know much about leather work but I know a small amount about law. I spent a year of my science degree in law school (an optional route) and while I am by no means an expert, or even slightly professionally competent, I'm experienced enough to have an educated guess at this. I would see this as cut and dry....... As you would be using their brand elements and looking to gain either directly, or indirectly, commercially (directly: monetarily. indirectly: enhancement of your brand or services through association with LV), they would have a problem with it. I feel the main issue that LV would have, though, is that you would be in control of their brand elements, not them. Guarding of brand elements, logos, even certain shades of colour is taken very seriously by even medium sized bodies, never mind an international brand of the stature of LV. Also by using their brand elements they would argue (as one poster has already said) that you are implying LV endorses or condones your product, professional standards and brand image, which they don't. I would have thought they would 100% have the legal angle to pursue you, but the idea that they would would be remote. It's probably 1 in a million that they would see your products and then even if they did, I doubt they would pursue you compared to their other counterfeit problems originating in Asia. However, having said that LV may also have a zero tolerance on brand violation due to the mass counterfeiting of their products and image............... I think they probably would. I think as the very least they would issue a cease and desist notice on you. I suppose since you are very unlikely to come under their suspicion it all comes down to whether you are happy to do it from an ethical point of view. And you also must consider if it will damage your reputation. It would be quite obvious to most that you aren't an affiliate of LV and therefore are producing something counterfeit. I would have thought you wouldn't want yourself associated with a non-professional practice? Just weigh up the pro's and cons and go with it! Good luck either way.
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