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  1. I've got 9 industrials in two former bedrooms upstairs....all but 2 are on the normal sized industrial tables, and those 2 are on custom made tables that are shorter but wider. Lightest is the Singer 20U33, heaviest is the Seiko SK-6. The Juki LG-158-1 on its stock issue Juki table will NOT be making the trip upstairs LOL. -DC
  2. It certainly helps to have the clearance "hole" in the raised needle plate.....it allows the outfeed lip of your binder to recess below the bed level of the machine and have the tape flow more smoothly with no vertical step. ------> why is the feeder only half the normal one in length 111g models It is advantageous to have the lip of the binder mounted as close as possible to the needle...and the shortened feed dog and inner foot allow this clearance when the binder is "buried" in the raised needle plate.
  3. After making my own utility cover plates for several brands and ages of machines, its fairly obvious that their tolerance for the dovetail milling operation used in that design must have been pretty....open. I'm guessing that if you made a cover plate to fit the higher end tolerance passably well, it wouldn't even drive in some of the beds with the low end of the run. They probably modified the "cheaper part" to allow some compensation for variables and wear, and the 'spring' shape left on the narrow slide of the slot is able to adjust to the *feel* desired. I have to individually fit mine to the machine it will be used on (mostly for binder mounts, edge guides etc) ...and of the five vertical axis machines I've had which share this design, only 2 of them could share plates. My problem is/was, that the plate needs to fit the dovetails pretty well because of the setscrew-type clamp I use to secure the plate after adjustment. If too loose, this locking screw lifts the whole plate nearly out of engagement with the bed, and the original singer slotted spring can't resist the lifting force's tendency to wedge it back inwards. So....hand fitting it is. -DC
  4. Thank you Bob! A 158 followed me home and I'm in the process of deciding whether to give it a name and keep it or turn it over. Thanks again- -DC
  5. Do any of you happen to know if the Singer 144w presser feet (with the typical "111w style" blade on the lifting foot's attachment) can be used on the Juki LG-158 single needle machines (which have the slot in the presser bar with a transverse orientation) just by rotating the Juki's presser bar? Most of the 158s I have seen have the crosswise slot in the presser bar, but I HAVE seen a couple using feet with the inline Singer-type slots. Just checking. TIA- -DC
  6. In your video, you can see a small square tab just about touching your needle plate. There is a slot on the underside of your needle plate this tab is supposed to be confined in...this prevents the bobbin case from rotating. Remove your needle plate, rotate the bobbin case until that tab is nested in the slot, and reinstall the needle plate. If your bobbin case opener is correctly adjusted, that should correct it. -DC
  7. My impression is the needle bar is too high at the point the hook rotates past the needle...sort of common on other machines if your needle has had an impact with something solid. If you have the manual for the 206rb5, page 13 and 14 pretty much line out the procedures for verifying or recovering the correct adjustments. -DC
  8. Around these parts, its: 1. Working on other machines, getting distracted, and threading the needle right-to-left 2. Not noticing the needle is installed backwards. 3.Make sure the safety clutch didn't trip out.... 4. Aftermarket bobbin cases. IF you have had the hook out, and the simple stuff all checks good, you probably can't get out of double checking your hook timing and needle position by the numbers. Mine has always been extremely forgiving. It DOES prefer that you insert the bobbin case when the dot on the handwheel is aligned with the dot in the main casting. The 206RB5 was promoted as a machine you could just pop a new bobbin in and start sewing, without the usual ritual of drawing the bobbin thread up first with the needle, so yours should be as forgiving as mine if its all healthy. Habit occasionally forces me to draw it up and hold back the needle thread tail for a couple of stitches anyway, just because. -DC
  9. Binding tighter *inside curves* easily with an inline binder requires some arcane incantations I never was taught, I suppose. The 90 degree makes it way easier. I suppose doing enough faceplants attempting it with an inline binder makes my 90 degree cure a sort of personal preference. LOL. -DC
  10. I use the generic double-fold 90-deg. binders (which are SOLD for use on flatbeds) mounted to the bobbin cover plate. This combination WAS mounted on my 111w152 but is now on a rebadged LU-562. As you can see, the needle just can't be much closer to the finished work exiting from the back of the folder. I have the synchronous binder stuff available on my CU-865 Mitsubishi cylinder arm, and it works pretty well, but I really can't see much advantage to it unless the work has a 3-D curved shape and won't lay properly if sewn flattened out. -DC
  11. The Mitsubishi CU-865-22 is a very similar (Japan made) machine, and its arm assembly seems to be copied from the "old casting" Pfaff 335 mechanically. There are quite a few clones of this very popular small cylinder arm machine out in the wild. I have used a couple of the generic 335 -style synchro arm covers (sold on Ebay & elsewhere), and they seem to fit fairly well. To change from a fixed arm cover to the synchro, you do have to replace the needle plate, feed dog, and presser feet to allow the parts to mount in the correct proximity for the binder to do an acceptable job. The photo you show with a "flatbed attachment" doesn't have the pivot point "axle" for the synchro arm cover to swing from, but that may be removable on the Seiko models. On my Mistubishi, when I change from a synchro arm cover to a stationary plate, I use a DIY version that has a relief milled in the underside to allow the feed dog driving arm to move back-and-forth normally, yet has no open hole in the upper surface to snag some of the odd work pieces I make sometimes. The pivot point in the arms I use still have the hole for the spring loaded retainer, which I use for mounting and locating aids. I've made up several fixture plates with different configurations to allow experimental setups for different guides and binders.....mostly I adapt the "double fold" binders to my machine because the color choices for tape or webbing are pretty limited. -DC
  12. Lots of popular machines use the "U" style bobbin....searching for *bobbins Juki LU-563* will pop some up. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cutex-Pack-of-25-Juki-LU-1508N-LU-1560N-LU-563-Metal-Bobbins-With-Storage-Case/164249790612?hash=item263e0ce894:g:xHMAAOSwVVBe6phJ ...as an example. -DC
  13. We have actually covered this old saw several times. There are multiple ways to retain the usual "tilt back" when using a wheel-type reducer. One universal rule is to mount the reducer so that its axle's rotation point is very slightly behind the hinge pin location on your machine. This unloads the belt upon tilt and everything is business as usual. I have had a variety of machines all using reducers with brushless motors and still have 4 set up that way now. Carry on. -DC
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