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Darren Brosowski

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  1. You and me both Gregg. If the price is right I cannot walk away and I have fallen in love with the 1950's to 1960's Japanese central bobbin machines. The only thing not in my collection - yet - is a Japanese vibrating shuttle zig-zag machine......
  2. As a dealer it pisses me off no end when someone buys a machine direct from China and then they bring it to me to get it to work. Half the time it is shipped incomplete with a three phase motor, a stand that does not fit properly and no accessories. When I quote them what they need to get the machine up the standard that I would have sold them they are going to have to shell out another $1000 or more on top of a landed price that is already higher than my price because they did not realise that landing costs, import agent, taxes, transport from the wharf were all on top of the shipped price. Being an importer I know these costs and I know exactly what to order from the supplier and even then I can make mistakes BUT they are my mistakes and the buyer does not wear them
  3. The Cowboy equivalent is the CB7205 which is based on the GB6-182.
  4. Look at the clearance between the needle and hook, making sure you push the hook away from the needle. The shuttle can wear the spacer ring behind it and allow too much clearance so try cutting a thin cardboard ring to sit behind the spacer. I have seen this fix dozens of times on old 45k25's
  5. On the topic of lovely old cup seamers - one of my customers has this baby on the shelf.
  6. I am working on a 1910 Singer 45k25 for a customer and it is not a bad machine - a new feed dog and shuttle backing ring fixed up the bottom end issues - but both tensions had the wrong springs. Changed out the springs and top tension plates and noticed that someone had done some polishing on the bottom tension post. Set the tensions to what felt about right and off we went - first few stitches were ok then we started looping on the bottom. I noticed that the second tension was loose so did it up and had the same thing happen. The post had been polished so much that the nut would not bind to the thread properly so I fixed it by using a second thumb nut as a lock nut. I see this sort of thing a lot on machines and the moral of the story is that cleaning is great and polishing is ok but when there are fine tolerances involved be gentle. At most I use fine steel wool to polish any contact parts. Many a good 29k has bee destroyed by the over enthusiastic collector
  7. The base Chinese machine is a GB6-182 which is a simple walking foot machine using the same shuttle as the Singer 7-5.
  8. Before the major work I would just add that the needle clamp (the bottom of the needle bar) can be moved so make sure the needle is as close to the hook as possible without touching. If the thread is jamming up that could cause the feed issues so work on one thing at a time. Above all patience..........
  9. Just to be clear that Steve owns and operates the Australian Cowboy business in his own right but we do work closely on product development and promotion @Trevor Bartlett
  10. ABLE Sewing on Facebook at the moment. The machines are $250 + shipping email me darren@ablesewing.com.au
  11. Not sure if Cowboy USA is selling these yet but we have these on order in Australia. As well as burnishing edges it comes with leather discs for honing tools
  12. Singermainia (Steve) you need to start paying me royalties on that photograph LOL
  13. Not sure if Cowboy USA sells them but in Australia we sell a few of these bench mounted slitters with a 4" throat. As they are often used in the shoe industry they have a rotary glue press.
  14. There is also no problem with having the CB2500 or CB3200 set up as electric on a table and have them drilled and tapped to take the rotating handle if you need to take the machine on the road. With Hand crank machines (and patchers) the best bobbin winder is a battery drill and a screw that fits nicely through the bobbin with a rubber washer to lock it in place. Roofing screws are good for this
  15. I want a 45k treadle!! You can also get the needle bar, needle clamp, presser bar, feet, roller feet, shuttle spacer and shuttle race
  16. It does nothing that an old cast iron straight sewer won't do better for much less money
  17. There is an Italian company that makes one that looks very much like a sewing machine
  18. People have raised this issue before and for 99.9% of machines it is BS. I have a PFAFF "basting" machine where the tension is released in sewing but it is designed to move the material pulled through by hand doing a large stitch. The purpose is to hold the fabric together while other processes are done then the basting stitches may be removed
  19. That one is in much better condition than mine - might be time to clean it up and sell it!
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