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  1. HBARK

    Question on a Juki 555

    I have a Juki 555 and use it to sew light horse blankets.It is not for leather though I have sewed very light leather on it.
  2. I get mine from Weavers.I had tried some from Tandy but they don't compare to the ones from Weaver.I don't know of any other place in Ontario.
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    Can you Identify this machine?

    That is a champion stitcher. it is a hook and awl machine.I have one similar to that but without that stand. That would be an original stand to it. I'm not sure how old yours is. I think it is older than the one I have. These machines will only stitch leather. My machine will stitch about 7/8 of an inch. It can be hard to get parts for them but I think there are still lots of them being used.I have stitched saddle skirts , breast collars and a lot of other tack on them.They are a brute to move though.
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    Seeking info on Champion machine

    I have a champion machine almost identical to that,but I only have the head.Mine is on a Landis stand and runs off a motor.Mine stitches very well and I used it for almost 20 years.I bought a cowboy 4500 so now it doesn't get used much.I bought the new one only because the champion can only stitch leather,not nylon.it is of course a hook and awl machine.I wish I had the base that you have.that is really nice.
  5. I only paid HST. I showed them the bill of sale and they were good with that.I also had one of his adds from the Harness Shop with me.They looked at it but I didn't really need that.
  6. I bought a 4500 off Bob a few years ago and drove to Toledo to pick it up.I wanted to see the ins ands outs of it and see how it worked.I took it back across the boarder and only had to pay HST.If I had stayed 24 hours they said they could allowed some off.There was no problem at all.I was only stopped maybe 20 min.They were real good to deal with. Bob was great to deal with and I was glad I took the time to go and meet him.
  7. I have a saddle I bought back in 1988 that is stamped Billy Cook made for Cletis Hulling. I guess he had different saddle makers making saddles for him. I have never heard of Cletis making saddles .
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    Used clicker dies

    where are you in Canada? I would be interested in chap dies and the sort if that is what you have. I'm located in Ontario
  9. I have a 151 and have stitched lots of belts and other things on it. Mine has a roller foot, I bought it that way. I like that foot. Mine will sew 10 oz but not more. I have a cb4500 for larger size. I have had the 151 for almost 20 years and have had no real problems. The only time I have had trouble is when I try to stitch more than it can handle. Overall has been a good machine. i
  10. what other tools and equipment do you have? I am in Ontario as well and might be interested in some of your things.
  11. I spent a number of days with Ray in Palatka Florida back about 1985. I had him make me a 13 ft Florida stock whip which I still have.He wasn't able to braid it real tight because of his health but it is still good. I use it to do a wrap up in my whip act. There was another guy that was good friends with him, he hung around there a lot, that I heard ray was going to leave his things to but I can't remember his name. Ray was training dogs and working cattle when I was there. The last I heard he was in a home and I never got back to see him. This probably doesn't help you much but it was interesting to see someone inquiring about him.
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    English Bridle Leather In Canada (Ontario)?

    You could try Aaron Martin Harness in Wallenstein. I just got some bridle leather from them and it was a nice piece. They sell retail and wholsale. Their number is 1 800 367 0639.
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    Nylon Webbing For Haybags

    I just got the material in. I plan to make up some bags this week. When I get one finished I will try to put a picture of it on here.
  14. I am looking for a source for nylon webbing for haybags. The webbing is fairly tight so that hay wouldn't be able to fall through.I have some material but I don't know where it came from.Maybe somebody knows where to get it.
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    #277 Thread In Multiple Colors ?

    You could try weaver leather. I get 277 from them and they have about 12 different colours.
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    Nylon Webbing For Haybags

    I have found what I was looking for. What I found was nylon mesh webbing,the type that is used for tarps on trucks. This material lets a horse breathe if they put their head in the bag. The bags will be square and hold about a half bale.Dust can fall through but not the hay. Thanks to the replies
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    Champion Stitcher

    It could be the needle is slightly bent. Maybe try a new needle. On my champion I don't see how the needle would get out of line unless the piece holding the needle was wore out.Don't know if this helps but good luck.
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    Cowboy 4500

    I have a cowboy 4500 as well. I've had it about a year and a half,and found it very easy to stitch on.I use it almost every day and have not had any real problems.Any problem I did have were because of something I did.I am quite happy with it.