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  1. Well I did figure it all out. The one thing I thought wouldn't matter seems have been the culprit. That dang little take up spring. I loosened it just a little and "Snap", it fell right into place. I ran the machine in forward and reverse nonstop for about 4 feet at least, no frayed thread. I feel embarrassed, happy and relived all at the same time. I love these Pfaff Machines. I'm working on a complete restoration of an H4 model. I just wish they had the M bobbin like the Juki. Here's some pictures
  2. You guys are amazing. I figured on waiting a few days to a week for some replies and I come back to my computer just hours later to find all guys taking the time to help me. Thanks!! Everything that had been mentioned has been looked over. Nice to see I did look into the right direction. The thread isn't really fraying, every strand stays intact. It seems to be unraveling. I only have left twist thread and that's all my other machines have ever needed. I have never ran into a machine old enough to need right twist, so I don't know what differs in those machines. I haven't had a chance to play with it since my last response, but I'll be able to this morning. First need a nice hot cup of coffee. I'll also get more pics uploaded
  3. So what your saying is that it may be caused by intermittent changes in tension? I will give this a try. I did notice the thread whip (?) after the take up lever change a little bit when ever this happens. Seems quite touchy if this is the problem. Maybe the spring just before the take up lever is the issue as well. It doesn't respond as my other machines do. I will start with your suggestion Joe and take a very close look at the spool and disc. Thanks! David
  4. It does sew for a while before this happens. It was much worse. I messed around with it for a while and got it tosew longer, but it still happens. Could it be that I'm using the wrong twist thread? I don't know.
  5. I'm having a problem with this older machine. As in the title, my top thread keeps building up right at the needle eye. I changed needles, thread, material. I adjusted the tensions but I cant seem to stop this machine from unraveling the top thread. The spring that helps the take up lever is kind of binding, a little. It moves freely up and down, but it isn't resting all the way down. I have messed with it some, but it really doesn't seem to be related to this problem. I know quite a bit about these machines.. but no where near as much as you guys here in this forum. So I was hoping for some guidance... please David Miller
  6. +1 Tinker Motors are so simple. The only real wear is in the bearings. If you plan to have it down for a few days, definately order some new bearings, dont even bother with lube. Like Tinker says, there just $5 each off Ebay. you might need to have a shop press the old bearing out. The new ones can be tapped in with a hammer. But use a block of wood (like a 2 by 4) between the bearing and your hammer. Just light taps, not one big hit. It'll get in there. Then you'll have a new motor ready for more decades of service. David
  7. Wow. That is nice. Downloaded it too. Thanks for sharing David
  8. Maybe the 211 I was reading about was a different sub class. Good to know about the one I have, Thanks! I hope to find some time this weekend to take a look at it. maybe during halftime on Sunday Yes, you couldn't be more correct about the addiction to these machines. That alone is like a hobby in itself. David
  9. Thanks Steve I was looking for accessories for the Juki last night. Prices for the Juki are unbelievably reasonable too. I read that people have successfully opened up the hole in the bobbin cap to run 207 thread. Have you heard that before?
  10. I use 3:1 reducers with 1275rpm clutch motors. works great for me. I personally like to hold the handwheel and feel the clutch slipping. But I'm sure the same thing can be done by setting the belts loosely with a servo. I had a servo motor and just didnt like fussing with it. But it was a cheepo motor, so I cant really compare between it. I am planning to buy a quality servo motor next month to try it out again. Just need to save more money. The clutch motors are huge and getting everything set up can be a challenge, but not impossible. You may have to drill new holes and move the motor location, but thats it. I have a video of a Juki 562 with a reducer/ clutch motor and a 2" pulley on the motor. It doesn't show the set up, but you can see how the machine behaves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3H_SHMAn-Q
  11. If you could only have one machine what would you choose. I'm planning to use mine for auto upholstry (leather) and bags, wallets and maybe belts. So just hobby stuff, nothing serious or high volume. I know the the 211 has a small handwheel but I'm planning on turning a larger wheel/pulley for either one of the machines. But I read somewhere that it needs to run fast for its auto oil;ing system, but not sure about that. I'm quite new to this so please explain what feature you like or dislike about the machine. I'm really stumped on between the Pfaff and the Adler because well... there Pfaff and Adler. So pretty much deciding by reputation. But the Juki looks so well made and quite more beefy. I did notice the Juki has pressed in (and replaceable) bronze bushings for the hook shaft, where the Pfaff is just machined in the castings. I havent had time to look over the Singer yet.
  12. Sorry. I'm having trouble trying to figure out how to post pictures.
  13. Thanks so much Bob. THIS is what I was looking for, answers right to the point. You guys have saved me so much grief by telling me not only what, but why a machine is good or isn't for a particular purpose. I think I will get the 300 for the french seams (the price is more than reasonable), but I'm not going to get rid of my 111w155 (unless I find a 156 or similar). That I'll keep for all the other sewing. So something like a Singer 212 or a Consew 339 would be good for double stitching belts? David
  14. I'm a little new to this forum, but have posted a couple times about a month ago. I'm still getting my "shop" set up and have nice Singer 111W155 to start out with. I came across a nice 300w203 for sale. I found some info on it and it sounds amazing. But the 62x59 needle system has me questioning it. I haven't heard anything about this system and cant find much info on my own. I'm also wondering what size thread can it handle. Singer says it is made for auto trim, which is what I'm going to use it for primarily, but what about heavier belt leather? I'm really interested in it because of the 2 needle set up and I do plan to get a nice Slow controllable servo motor for it. Since I'm going to be doing a lot of french stitching, so I thought it would be handy. And I have to admit, I'm kinda getting addicted to these beautiful older machines. So what do you guys think about it. Is it a good upholstery machine? Just to share, I wanted to add a couple pics of my table I've been working on since I last posted. I have it set up with a Pfaff 145 H4 but I think I'm going to sell it to a friend who is really needed it. Thanks in advance everyone! David
  15. Well everyone who knows me knows I love new challenges. I have a little project of a light resto to a 97 audi wagon that has some really bad leather interior. Replacement covers are not available so I'm going to make them myself. This decision just happened a little over a week ago. Since then I've been researching as must as I could. Learned a lot on youtube. But really found some helpful info here on what to look for when starting out. A couple days ago I settled (after days of changing my mind) on a machine I would be happy with. A Consew 225 from a service shop in LA. They said the head is all cleaned up, checked out and timed. So it should be ready to go as soon as I get it. I found a couple tables locally to save on shipping, and ordered a servo motor (not the best one, but one that will work). The very next day, my wife Heather finds an add for a Consew 226 complete and a Pfaff complete. I called the number until 11pm. Then started again at 7:30am and called about every 45 min. At 5pm we get a call from the owner. Says he left his phone at work and cant believe the volume of messages left on his phone (I left 4 myself). Reason is his asking price was $200 each! I bought the the consew sight unseen and said I maybe interested in the Pfaff. He didn't know the model number off hand so I planned to pick up the Consew. His shop is about 45 mi away, I got there by 6pm after stopping by the ATM for $400 (extra $200 just in case the Pfaff is what I would hope it to be. I really wanted a 145, 545 or a 1245) Got there and Both machines are up and running. They both were still being used for this upholstery shop. I bought the Consew and then I walked over to the Pfaff. It is a 145. Talking to the owner, The Pfaff was purchased new by his father sometime in the late 50s or early 60s. And He learned to sew on that machine. Later he bought the 226 in the 80s, new, to add to the shop. The Pfaff was still for sale. He said he didn't call anyone else until I came by. So I left there broke, but with two Awsome machines. I really have a soft spot when it comes to tools. And I really enjoy the history of old tools. These 2, one owner machines, although showing there miles a little are going to be perfect once cleaned, checked out, and set up. Cant wait to get started!!! David
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