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About GerryR

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    VA, USA
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    mechanics, electronics, guns, hunting, leather work, General Sewing, woodworking, etc., etc., etc.

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  1. Sorry, that unit has been sold, but I can post some pictures from the cast iron version that I have. It isn't a portable but everything is nearly identical. I'll take some pictures of a belt I made and post them. May be a little hard to see the black-on-black, but you should be able to get the idea. Edited to add pictures; last picture is the backside which is brown but doesn't show it in the picture. The buckle end pictures shows the beginning and end of a 45 inch long belt done with one bobbin with thread to spear (92 thread).
  2. Here is a "portable" patcher I put together. It does need 220VAC to run, though. Much quicker than sewing by hand, and it can be clamped to any bench. The stitch quality is quite good IMO. This is the aluminum alloy patcher, not the cast iron one. The foot pedal speed control is made from a bicycle hand brake.
  3. I have a "Chinese Patcher" and put a servo motor/controller on it. It cost me about $150.00 total. Maybe I'm not as fussy as others, but I think the stitching is fine. I changed the needle system to 135x16 so I have more options, and can sew up to 138 thread size. The change was rather minor; the needle bar had to be adjusted. I have a way of putting a flat on the needles like the HAx1 that the standard machine uses, but I have read where others modify the groove in the needle bar to accept the round 135x16 needles. The real negative I find to be is the small bobbin size, but I have been able to do the complete perimeter of a belt with no problems. Still the best buy to get one into a machine! (I had a Singer 153W103 and sold it as this sewed just as well. YMMV!) It will do up to 5/16" (20 oz.) leather, depending of course on the temper.
  4. Thank you both for your comments. As I stated, I used on-hand straps that were collecting dust for the harness. If I was starting from scratch, I would approach it differently; the holster carrier would stay approximately the same, but I would approach the harness part differently, especially where it attaches to the holster carrier. @Hags - I would like to see what you come up with. Once an idea gets started, it is amazing how many variations come out of it!
  5. I don't usually need a chest holster but wanted to have the option when woods walking (Black bear and now mountain lions). I built this harness so I can take my belt holster and mount it for chest carry. Not the best job I ever did but it works and might give others some ideas. I used web belts and harnesses from a tool bag and from a weed-wacker; the leather chest portion I made. No need to have a separate dedicated chest holster.
  6. Why would the width of the feed dog matter, especially that little? There will be leather between upper foot and the feed dog. Just asking.
  7. One additional Item: The controller must be in the "Pu" state (Position Up) for this to work. If in the "Pd" state (Position Down), the unit resorts to the "2-extra-cycles" condition described above!!
  8. I had started another thread looking for input on a position system problem on the SM645B-2P Motor Controller. I found from a search that this was a manufacturer's problem that was never fixed. However, I decided to persue the issue and came up with a fix. I hope it helps someone else to get their position system working for these controllers. I might mention that this problem supposedly did not exist in th 2P (220V w/ Position) units but I have two 2P units with this problem. The problem: When removing your foot from the foot pedal, the sewing machine makes two extra cycles (stitches) before stopping. It stops in the correct position, but always two cycles later. Enduro SM645B-2P Position Sensor Fix: I came up with a "partial" fix for the position sensor problem with the SM645 units. The initial problem is that when releasing the foot pedal, the sewing machine makes two extra cycles (stitches) before stopping. It always stops in the correct position, just two cycles later. This told me that the control unit wants to see two pulses prior to stopping. I took the cover off of the sensor and found two holes in the optic disk that the two sensors "look" through. One hole is closer to the edge of the disk than the other. The one closest to the edge is for the stop command to the controller; the other is for the indicator LED on the sensor body. They are 180 deg. opposite each other. I took a piece of black electrical tape and blocked the hole closest to the edge. I then drilled two holes in the disk, one just above the LED hole, and one 0.475" counter-clockwise from that hole. See Picture. (My hand-wheel runs clockwise; if yours runs counter-clockwise, you will want to put the second hole clockwise from the other two, or the LED will not light in the stop position.) Both holes are, in my case, 0.216" from the edge. I used a #45 drill bit (0.082) for the holes. I elongated the lower LED hole slightly to compensate for the slight overshoot when the stop command was issued, so the LED would remain on when in position. This also helps when setting up your stop position; you place the sewing machine in the position you want it to stop and rotate the sensor ring until the LED comes on. Had I thought about it a little more before drilling the hole, I could have drilled the "stop" hole slightly ahead of the LED hole to accomplish the same thing, but you can't "un-drill" a hole very easily! Why a "partial" fix? Because now you cannot have a set of holes 180 deg. from the first set and be able to use the controller panel to change up or down position. You have to physically change the sensor position if you want down instead of up, or vice-versa. Just unplug the sensor for no position control. I hope this helps someone.
  9. The answer was in this old post, so I found no need to repeat it, but I will restate it: The Enduro Drive SM645B-2P position system makes two additional machine revolutions before stopping, when the foot pedal is released. Uwe, in the referenced post, found that it is an actual flaw with the drive and was never fixed by the manufacturer. He did state, however, that the 2P version (220v w/ position) did not have this problem, but that isn't so, as mine do have the same problem. I may have a fix for this problem, and was intending on posting it, if it works, so that others would be able to apply it. I will report back later.
  10. It is an Enduro Pro SM645B-2P drive I bought off of ebay a couple of years ago. I bought two of them. I have another patcher, the cast iron version, bench mounted, using the other unit. I recently bought this patcher off of ebay for short money and was surprised when I received it that it had an aluminum alloy frame, and the control arms were chrome plated, sort-of. Because of its weight, I thought it would be a good candidate for a portable unit, hence another project was born.
  11. It turned out that the stroke of the hand grip was perfect for the stroke of the Enduro drive speed control arm.
  12. I put this together for a project I started for a Chinese patcher. Probably nothing new, but it makes for a nice portable unit not having to have to setup on a bench and use the provided rods. I used a bicycle handbrake and cable and made the adapters for the Enduro side and fabricated the foot pedal. Works pretty well. I thought it might give others some ideas.
  13. I don't know anything about the machine, but for what you are sewing, the 550W would be fine. However, having said that, there isn't much difference in price between the 550 and 750 models, so if you can afford the difference, go to the 750W model. You can also add a speed reducer to the unit and get along fine with the 550.
  14. The idea of using the VFD is the clutch motor will no longer be on all the time but will be under control of the VFD via the foot pedal. You just lock the clutch on and when you use the foot pedal the motor will run at the speed based upon the position of the foot pedal.
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