David Bruce

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    Tooling, Stitching, making small leather goods by hand

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  1. David Bruce

    Ideal Clicker Machine Model C

    Did you ever get this thing running? If so how is it working out?
  2. David Bruce

    Wanted Merrow Eccentric Stitch Cams

    It was better than the Madeira 12 but it's still not filling well enough so I'm going to try floss.
  3. David Bruce

    Wanted Merrow Eccentric Stitch Cams

    Hi Alexander, I just realized that my reply never posted. Your videos have been very helpful, thanks for posting them. With regards to contacting Merrow for parts, I spoke with them and they told me to reach out to a dealer since they don't sell parts direct. It took a while but I found a dealer that had the parts that I needed in stock (eccentric feed cams). They ranged in price but averaged around $20 including shipping. It is rare to find a company that still makes parts for a machine let alone one this old and in the US no less! My machine was made between 1924-25 according to Merrow. To answer Ferg's question, pricing varies. Like a lot of vintage sewing and leatherworking machines, prices seem to keep increasing. I feel like it's ebay driving private sellers to ask often ridiculous prices for things but, I guess it's whatever folks are willing to pay. I was fortunate to get mine complete with the original table, lamp, motor, manual, tools and a few accessories for $180. At the same time there was another one for sale in my city for $600. It was a slightly different configuration but essentially the same machine and only for the head. Back to Alexander, what thread do you run through these machines? I read that Merrow floss is recommended but it's hard to find so I ordered some Madeira Rayon. I'm using #12 for the upper looper and #40 for the needle and lower looper along with a 36 cam (for patch borders). I'm hoping to add these patches to some of my leather items.
  4. David Bruce

    Wanted Merrow Eccentric Stitch Cams

    Here's my Merrow machine from 1925. It's not meant for leather but can sew light garment weight leather and canvas.
  5. David Bruce

    Wanted Merrow Eccentric Stitch Cams

    I 'm looking for some eccentric stitch cams for my Merrow machine. They are the little slotted barrels like this one. The part number is 6-82. If you have some for sale please let me know.
  6. David Bruce

    Best Leather Splitter/skiver?

    Interesting! I've never seen one like this.
  7. David Bruce

    Best Leather Splitter/skiver?

    Sounds interesting. I've never seen one, do you have a photo? I come across old machines quite often.
  8. I've decided to sell my Dixon since I already have a larger Keystone splitter along with a Landis crank. This is a rare machine that is also great for doing lap skives. It was made in England and has the original blade in great condition (no nicks or warping). This is a pull through splitter and the depth is set by the knob on the bottom. I'm asking $500 firm and would prefer local pickup in here Chicago.
  9. David Bruce

    DIY Heat Creaser Question

    I think you're misunderstanding. Look at how the handle attaches to the regad transformer, it's not the wall plug. Only the handle connector would need changing is my thought. I'll look closer once I get handles in.
  10. David Bruce

    DIY Heat Creaser Question

    So, the Robotemp would replace the black box/transformer.
  11. David Bruce

    DIY Heat Creaser Question

    The regad transformers are what have specific voltage and they come in both 220v or 110v. The handles work on either voltage of machine. I'm talking about using a Robotemp instead of the transformer and plugging the handles into it. The plug would have to be changed but it seems doable.
  12. David Bruce

    DIY Heat Creaser Question

    I recently ordered a second hand regad heat creaser from this shop in france http://www.cuirtextilecrea.com/ While I'm waiting I was moving around my Kwikprint heat stamping machines and was looking at the heat controller on them. I'm no electrician but wouldn't it be possible to wire a regad or adece handle so that it connects to the Robotemp controller from a Kwikprint? They regulate temp and are designed to stay on for long periods of time. Plus, the Robotemps are inexpensive.
  13. David Bruce

    Bell Knife Skiver

    Hey Blake, I was in the same position and just purchased a used Fortuna machine. I had been looking at the various Chinese clones like Cowboy, Cobra and Artisan. From what I've read, the clones are all made in the same plant and just re-badged. I would recommend buying one from whichever dealer is closer to you. Bob at Toledo Sewing has always been great to deal with, I've purchased servos, parts and supplies from him. I also have a Cowboy cylinder sewing machine, it's not as smooth as my old Singer but it works well and if it ever has a an issue that I can't deal with I will take it to Toledo for repair.
  14. David Bruce

    Fortuna Skiver Questions

    Thanks, it's fine with the greasy/oily leather it only glazed the feed roller when I ran natural veg tan. I just need to get a steel roller for veg. Such a time saver and no more concern about slicing through soft leathers with a skiving knife! Thanks!