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About Icho

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  • Birthday 07/11/1977

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    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Hunting, fishing, camping, trap shooting, knifemaking

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    Too new to have a specialty
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    everything leather
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  1. I'm pretty happy with the little patcher. I wasn't expecting much from it and I think it may have even surpassed my expectations. It will definitely be handy to have around. I'm hoping to be able to make it out to Toledo in a month or two. My wife is ok with me getting the CB3200. lol I am still trying to justify the cost to myself. It is definitely worth the money but I have to make sure I will be using it for more than just 3 - 6 sheaths per month. I'm pretty sure I will be able to make a few extra bucks doing other things with it and I'm even trying to convince my wife that she needs a hobby... one that involves using a sewing machine. The exchange rate is another hard thing to get over. It is an extra 30% more or less.
  2. Ya. I'm surprised I even got it to stitch again let alone with the fishing line. I think the smaller thread it came with is #69 and i'm really hoping to get it to work with #138. I don't mind the small bobbin size as long as I can get at least 12 - 18 inches of stitch. I'm guessing stitches with this will commonly be 3 - 4 inches for me but I guess I will find out. I wiped out the threads against a rock on one of my hunting boots so I'm looking forward to trying this thing out when I feel a little bit more confident with the machine.
  3. Hey, I haven't been around for a while but still trying to squeeze in time for my hobbies. A few weeks ago I ordered and received my patcher from China. Before I get into that I just wanted to say that I will likely be getting a CB3200 and this experience helped me decide to do it but that is probably a couple months away. So I know just about everyone here has at least seen pics of these patchers but here is a pic of mine anyway. From the beginning it didn't stitch all that good. The best I was able to get it is an inch or two of good stitch and then a really loose stitch or two and than back to good. I really wanted to try thicker thread and a larger needle but there wasn't a supplier anywhere close to me that had anything. I started thinking and came up with the idea of using the needle from my stitching awl. The shank was too big of a dia. but the main body was perfect. Since the needle was longer I was able to cut the shank off, grind a flat on the needle and it fit into the patcher. My next problem was thread. As I said I couldn't find it around my area anywhere. The most specialized sewing machine store around here had no industrial thread or needles and didn't even know much about sewing leather. Thick to them is a couple layers of canvas. So I went and picked up the thickest braided fishing line I could find. This is what I got. So now I have thread and needle I decided to make sure the needle would go thru the stitching motion without the thread and of course there was interference. I had to clear the path of the needle with a needle file. After I got it to work I cleaned it up, threaded the machine and gave it a go. All I have to say is birds nest. I battled that for a bit and decided to go back to the thread and needle that came with the machine since I knew it did kind of sew with the original. Now I had a birds nest with the original set up. I truly thought I had scrapped the machine. I left it for a couple days and got back to it today. I decided to take the lower machine apart and clean, deburr and polish the areas that looked like could use some TLC. Once it was ready to go back together I oiled it up, started assembling, set the timing, threaded is and tried it out again. I used the thread and needle that came with the machine since my main goal was to get it to work as a patcher again. A couple more adjustments with needle height and it started stitching again. At least as good as before I thought I scrapped it. A little more playing with tensions and this is what I got. Still not perfect but it is the best it has been so far. Ignore the larger holes and thread in the center of the sample. That is coming up. I still have to play around with it and get a little more familiar with it. Next I decided I wanted to see what it will do with the thicker fishing line and stitching awl needle so I threaded the machine and gave it a shot. After some tension adjustments, here it is. I still want to try out the #138 thread but at least I'm pretty sure I can get acceptable stitches with these two thread and needle set ups and I am pretty happy with the results. The worst thing about this is that the bobbin does not hold much thread. I can only get about 12 inches of stitch with the thick fishing line. This thread may not belong here but there was no section called "What not to do" so I figured this was the best place. Up until this little adventure I didn't even know how a sewing machine works. I am definitely not a sewing machine tech guy but now I have a bit of an understanding of the basics of tension, timing and overall what a sewing machine is all about mechanically. Turned out to be a great learning experience and it didn't even cost me any money since I still have a sewing machine that works. My next mission is to start getting the funds together for the CB3200 that is calling my name. Thanks for your time reading about my crazy little experiment and feel free to ask, comment, suggest and even criticize...just be nice. lol
  4. My grinder has a VFD. 110v single phase in, 220v 3phase out. 1hp motor. Works great. Just a regular 110v single phase in, 220v 3phase out converter is about $100 more or less. I'm definitely not an electrician so that was just some research and consulting I had to do. I love the internet.
  5. Thanks Eric. The 220v wouldn't be a problem. I have a 220v 2phase belt grinder running in my garage right now. I read Wizcrafts sticky before and didn't realize that there was a lot more in there than I originally thought. Thanks again guys for putting up with me. Lol. I will stick with my awl for now and continue researching and hopefully find a good deal on the right machine.
  6. Hey guys. Sorry it took me so long to get back. Thanks for the replies. Sa said in the opening post this machine does have walking foot. As for the motor, considering it is 220v I would have never thought of it as very small. Anywhere I looked online the Pfaff 1295 is listed as an industrial machine. Here is another pic of the motor and electrical box. It does look to me that it is a servo motor. Since I am so far off on what is an industrial sewing machine for leather is there anything I can look for when searching thru sale listings that would make it capable of sewing up to 1/2" leather? Such as hp rating or anything else that can be spotted out. Like I said, I know pretty much nothing about sewing machines but I am trying to learn as much as I can because I am not a fan of the awl. Thanks so much for the help.
  7. Well the guy got back to me and sent me some more pics. It is a very solid looking machine and I found out that it is 220v 3 phase which is a slight inconvenience but not a big deal. It also has air hook up. I never imagined a sewing machine would have air hook up. I know I should probably look at a machine that is more appropriate for what I am doing but it seems like such a good price that I am having a hard time forgetting about it.lol I may take a ride and check it out. Andrew, I really don't think the guy would be wiling to ship it to California but if I don't end up getting it I will definitely send you the info an all of the extra pics he sent me.
  8. Well thanks for the replies. I called and emailed to get some info from the seller so I guess now I just have to wait. I figured the machine was worth a decent amount. Doing searches on that model I think the lowest price I found was about 1200.
  9. Hi all. I'm new to leather work and very new to this forum. I only made about 5 knife sheaths. I'm hoping someone can help me out with sewing machines. There is one for sale and was wondering if it would work for making sheaths. I know pretty much nothing about sewing machines so any help would be greatly appreciated. Here's what I'm looking at. Its a Pfaff 1295 walking feet 3phase motor and they will throw in a 110v clutch motor. Any ideas what it would be worth? Also I was wondering what the controller panel does.... I know I am lost when it comes to sewing machines lol. Any other help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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