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  1. Are you looking for new or used? Do you have a decent budget? Do yo know how wide you need it to be? That's pretty much all you need to know to start hunting.
  2. I don't know nearly enough about what's out there to recommend anything for you. I have an older model Camoga and it's all I've ever used. All I can say is that you should really get your machine from a trustworthy dealer. I got mine from an unknown dealer who seemed like a good guy, but he took me to the cleaners. I specifically asked about the condition of some expensive parts and he sad they had plenty of life left on them. Well, the parts that I asked about were worn beyond usable when the machine arrived. I ended up spending thousands on the parts and service to put the machine back into running condition. I know this machine in and out now, but that took time. I would highly recommend calling Campbell-Randall if you're serious about getting a splitter. They have new and used machines and they have never steered me wrong.
  3. No problem. And once you have the bridge lined up with the edge of the face, you should be able to see the start/stop points when you're stitching from the face. If you can't see where to start and stop clearly enough, just run the machine needle through the wallet from the inside to mark the points. Just make a hole in each position and when you flip it over to stitch, you'll have holes right at the points you want your stitch to start/stop. Good luck, let us know how it goes.
  4. Anthony, You're pattern is different than mine, but you're so close to success. Look at this picture, it's just a quick mockup, I hope I got it right. The top is your pattern, bottom is my recommendation. Try changing it to look more like the bottom and you will see a better result. And when you stitch the little middle bit on the interior, don't bother with backtacks, just stitch it a few stitches beyond the fold on both sides and it will look like a continuous stitch on that piece than blends into the rest of the wallet, instead of something that you're struggling on. Once the face is folded over, the tacks will have no purpose on a structural level, and they just look ugly.
  5. I see from your signature that you got a skiver. Did you use it on the new wallets that didn't turn out so well? i would think you'd be having better results now, not worse. What are you shooting your photos on? I shoot (obviously not the snapshots I posted here) on a Nikon D300s with 3 off camera flashes. White background can be very difficult to achieve proper exposure with. I do my best to get a 255,255,255 background, but I almost always end up having to make adjustments in post when the subject is placed directly on the background surface. The only way I have ever truly gotten a white background on the RAW image without overexposing the subject is to shoot on a clear glass or lexan surface a good 5-6 feet in front of the white background. I use 1 or 2 speedlites to properly expose the subject with another speedlite only on the background, overexposing it by a couple stops. This makes a perfect, blown out white background that looks almost perfect on the RAW image. Give that a try and I think you will be amazed at the results. You don't need to have strobes to do it, I've seen it done with continuous lighting too. Just make sure all your bulbs are matching to avoid white balance issues. If you want any tips on white background photography, I'd be glad to send you some links I've used as reference.
  6. Lou, You're wallet looks really good for a first attempt! Heck, it looks better than some final attempts I've seen! I see two issues you are having with your bridge bit. First, it looks like the leather is too thick. I know this brings us to your issue of skiving and you can't easily solve that until you get a skiver, but it's important to know that you will have an instantly better result when you get a proper skive. Once that leather is thinner, it won't buckle like that. Second, I see a patterning issue. If your interior met flush on the bottom with your exterior, you would have had a bend that covers the exterior fold. I'm attaching a couple poor images of my own wallet so you can see. With this style billfold, that part is not stitched, you did fine with that. But it is always going to look a little ugly and having the bend section cover it makes the wallet look much nicer.
  7. I've never used a manual splitter, I only have a band knife. I can't imagine you would want to ever try to split wet leather with a manual splitter, though. If wet, the leather will stretch and stick, and the blade will have a hard time cutting it soggy. I wouldn't think you should have any issues splitting to that thickness, just make sure the blade is extremely sharp.
  8. Before I got a band knife splitter, I did exactly what Andrew recommended. You will be limited to the width of the foot and stone on the bell knife machine, but you can run a piece through the machine multiple times to split wider pieces if you have to. However, there will be some lines where each new split starts. Depending on your leather and application, the lines may or may not show through to the top grain, but you'd have to test it out to be sure. In my application, this splitting method made my leather unusable, so I got a band knife splitter. If you really need a clean split and don't have the money to buy a band knife splitter, I'd recommend sending the leather to someone to split it for you. We do splitting and clicker die cutting here and the cost to our customers is minuscule compared to what it would take to do it on their own. Ask around here if there is someone in your area who can do this for you, I'm sure you'll find someone. Worse comes to worst, you can fit a lot of leather in USPS flat rate shipping box and ship it to someone very cheaply.
  9. You mean make sure the needle doesn't rub on the feet? I have done that before. I remember setting up everything on a machine once only to find that the hook was way off because the needle rubbed on the raised foot when I timed it. Ever since then, I take the feet off or make sure the feet are down when timing. :-)
  10. Ok, it was my mistake after all. The problem was the needle bar height. I swear when I put it in that I had it at the right depth, it looked right but it was just a hair off. I get the feeling that the 0.5mm I was off made a bigger issue on the Adler than my other machines. It seems to be a very finicky machine that wants everything perfect before it will lay a nice stitch. Or, maybe it's just me. Anyway, got her working well now. Thanks for the tips, Art.
  11. I normally do the switch on the upstroke, but maybe not exactly 1/4" up. I checked everything again, and it looks like the needle bar might have been a little low after all. I will try it as you suggested and report back.
  12. I am working on an Adler 269. Installed some new parts including a new hook, and now I have this one issue of the thread looping on the underside of the workpiece. Stitches are perfect until I go from reverse stitching to forward stitching. Just the one stitch it is on at the point of switching to forward stitching is the one that loops. It happens on about 75% of the time, and only at that point. I have tried releasing the reverse bar at different pints in the stitch to see if it has any effect, and it doesn't appear to. Is there somethign obvious that I am missing that might cause this? I'd appreciate any tips because it's got me stumped!
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  14. I had my dealer send me an actuator so I could add air lift to my machine and I am having trouble figuring this out. I have another machine with an add-on air lift, and it was a totally different setup than what he intended this to be. I tried calling him, but they closed for the weekend about 15 minutes before I realized I have no idea what I'm doing! Hoping someone can help me here so I can perhaps set this up this weekend. So, here is the machine And here are the parts he sent me He told me I would have to tap some threads into the machine, but I don't really know what that would be for. The chain on the actuator is really long, and I can't figure out why it would have that long chain on there if the actuator is to be mounted on the tabletop. My other machine has the actuator mounted on the table on sort of a hinge so when it pulls the presser bar down it can flex a bit on the hinge. But this one looks like he intended it to be mounted flat, and I just don't know how I am supposed to get it to pull the presser bar when it is mounted perpendicular to the machine. I hope someone can clue me in here!
  15. PM inbound actually, I see you listed your email....so....email inbound.
  16. What a shame, I posted about a Puritan back in 2009 on this site. http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=14519&st=0&p=88857&fromsearch=1entry88857 I have no use in my shop for a chain stitcher, and don't really anticipate needing on in the future either. So, I gave this one away.....for free. If anyone would have inquired about it, I would have sold it for a small fee to cover packing it up for shipment. I didn't get any bites, so it went to a local fellow who came and picked it up.
  17. I have an Efka and two Quick Rotans. None of them are very "modern", but the Quicks are newer. I didn't know I could mess with the position like that. What if it's on a machine with a thread trimmer and automatic functions, can I still change where it stops? Even still, sometimes when I stitch through some tricky areas I have to run the needle through slow so it doesn't get deflected in the piece and break. So, I still have issues, but like I said, we do some pretty tricky stitching.
  18. Am I the only person who has some issues with needle positioner motors? I do relatively high end work, and am very particular about where my needle goes. On some of my pieces, 0.5mm off and my piece is destroyed. So, I like to be able to stitch slow and let the needle stop right before it hits the material so I can position the piece if the needle is off its mark a little bit. For the most part, the fly wheel can be cranked by hand to get the needle to this position, but that means hand cranking the majority of a revolution if the positioner is set to stop in the needle down position. I could set it to stop in the needle up position, but then I have to hand crank every stitch where the piece needs to be turned with the needle down. So, I was wondering if there is a motor option that will let me disable the positioner for certain operations. But really, am I the only person who has these issues?
  19. Yeah, I hear you loud and clear, Anne. I also tend to agree with you. I would prefer to keep this machine, but I already have a graveyard of machines. I have a Consew 277, Econosew 206RB, and several non-walking foot machines just collecting dust. I would like to keep the Nakajima, but if I sell it, I get money to put towards the new machine and I save space, which I don't have much of. What I will do though, is I will get the new machine first and make sure that it can do everything I need it to do before I sell the current one.
  20. Considering keeping the Juki and only ditching the Nakajima for an Adler. Maybe something along the lines of a 269?
  21. I just spoke with one of my suppliers. It turns out my idea is not a slam dunk. The feet are not so interchangeable like I thought. Actually, it is just as impossible to switch the feet between some of the Pfaff machines as it is with a Juki! So, I will have to rethink this idea. I'll let y'all know what happens! Darn it, I accidentally edited this post instead of posting a new one. Hope you saw my replay about the 2335 plus, because it's gone now!
  22. I am in the US. I have a dealer I use for most of my equipment, but they are not in town. I am in Las Vegas, and the nearest dealer is in Los Angeles, about 5 hours away. So, I kind of need advice from actual technicians, so I can make an informed decision. Sometimes, dealers will sell you a machine simply because they already have it. I prefer to know what machine I am looking for and have them get me what I need, not sell me something that may fit the bill just because they already have it. You know what I mean?
  23. Yeah, I really want to move to Pfaff, just because I have more availability for parts in my particular needs.
  24. I would like to know what model is a step up from the Pfaff 335, and what machine would be equivalent or maybe a step up from the Juki DNU-1541s.
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