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  1. I've had both a Bernina 217 that could also sew 2- or 3-step zig zag and a compound walking-foot machines, originally a Singer 111W155 and then a Juki 1508, used almost entirely for marine sewing applications. The Bernina 217 was useful for occasional sail repair. Were I to have had only one machine, it would have been either of compound walking foot machines. BTW, I've also used a Consew 206RB-5 sewing marine canvas and vinyl extensively for about two weeks and was less than thrilled compared to either the Singer or the Juki.
  2. Might not apply to your application, but I use Renaissance wax on tools. "Renaissance Wax is a brand of microcrystalline wax polish used in antique restoration and museum conservation around the world. Commonly used to polish and conserve metal objects, ...." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_Wax
  3. Try this link. https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/76664-pdf-adler-167-service-manual/
  4. Here is a link to a German company that makes industrial sewing machine tops and stands. https://www.kessler-ergo.com/us-en/table_tops/
  5. Could the problem be that the machine had been unused for a long time and is gummed-up? I bought a used Bernina 217 zig zag sewing machine in excellent condition but that apparently had been stored for a long time. Zig zag worked erratically. A sewing machine repairman soaked the machine in a solvent -- kerosine maybe -- and the sewing machine worked perfectly. A few other folks on the forum seem to have had similar problems Try the following in google to see those threads. gummed up zig zag sewing machine site leatherworker.net
  6. Judy, You've probably already found the Sailrite pdf and video information. In case not, try the following query in google. sailrite fabricator manual site sailrite.com
  7. Wizcrafts seems to be correct. According to the following Sailrite chart, the Fabricator is a compound walking foot machine. https://www.sailrite.com/PDF/Straight-Stitch-Sewing-Machine-Comparison-Chart.pdf
  8. Link to download Instruction Manual https://www.supsew.com/wpfb-file/seiko-lsc-instruction-manual-pdf/
  9. I also did mostly vinyl and marine canvas for my sailboat. As for the type of machine for that application, I strongly favor a compound walking-foot machine vs a walking-foot machine -- the addition of needle-feed to walking-foot makes a huge difference. My first machine was a 111W155 that could do almost everything I can do with my current Juki 1508.
  10. The 111w class brochure link in the following thread might help. https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/88340-singer-111w155-or-singer-111w154/
  11. Frequently I think that that in general the searches provided by web sites are not very good. Accordingly, I almost never use them. Instead I use google and the "site" keyword, as in: [search subject, which might include quotes for phrases or other arcane google search syntax] site leatherworker.com
  12. Contraire -- what what works for some folks might not work for other folks. The OP seems to offer a repeatable solution for varying situations.that might appeal to some users.
  13. Here are two links on using a spring scale to measure tension: http://jukiindia.com/Item-List/Adjustment_Procedue.pdf http://sew24.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-measure-thread-tension-with.html
  14. Tammy, here is a link to very good pdf copy of the 563 user manual just in case you don't already have a copy or the machine doesn't come with the manual. http://keysew.com/Webpages/DemoImages/Juki_LU-563_Instruction_Keyfooter.pdf
  15. Gymnast, if I understand correctly, at the end of your video you mention a youtube video you made about your machine. Would you please post a link to that video.
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