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  1. They always seem to be around $800 here in central CA. I lucked out and got a working one years ago for $250 but that seemed like a fluke.
  2. So the 1508 sews the same sorts of materials as the 111? I don't need one that sews thicker material, so much as it is quite happy with the 138 thread, and uses the same feet.
  3. I truly love this tough old machine and have sewn lots of canvas, denim and upholstery leather with it. I have lots of feet and a binder set up for it. I use 138 thread, but would like to use thinner thread for some projects, like leather jackets. I have a Cobra 4 and a Juki 8700 for bigger and smaller projects. However, the Singer is finicky for changing any settings, and I sure get envious thinking about machines with reverse. My question is, what new machine would make a close replacement, that could use the same feet? The 1541s looks good to me, but I see it maxes out with 138, and I am leery of running a machine at a maximum parameter.
  4. Try searching sewing pattern websites. McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick and Vogue are available at Joann's fabrics and Hobby Lobby. Vogue 8311 has some nice gloves.
  5. Instructable's website has some nice tutorials. They aren't necessarily traditional, but get the job done. https://www.instructables.com/id/Bind-a-Book-in-Tooled-Leather/ https://www.instructables.com/id/From-Paperback-to-Leather-Bound/ I have made a couple of books by cheating and attaching the tooled leather onto some that is thinner and more flexible.
  6. Thank you so much Wizcrafts. I will try this in the morning.
  7. I was wondering about this issue as well. My foot will not rise above 9/16th inches. However, the machine came with a "test stitching" block of leather 3/4 inches thick, which it will not come close to fitting under the feet now.
  8. If it is in a place no one sees or for a utility piece (like canvas repair) #2. If looks matter I leave the tails long and use needles.
  9. For that price plus the servo motor conversion you are getting sort of close to the price of a new one that has reverse.
  10. The line 20's from Tandy and Springfield don't fit.
  11. I am happy that I bought the Goldstar press for setting rivets, and feel it is a huge improvement for hand setting snaps. However, the snaps that they sell and fit it are just too darn cheap - they bend with use. I still need to buy another snap setting system that uses better quality snaps. So in the long run it will end up being more expensive than just buying something nice right from the start.
  12. I have an old treadle 66. I use it to sew on patches, using the hand wheel.
  13. I have the 4500 and an old used singer. Have they paid for themselves? Not even close. Am I glad that I bought them? Heck yes. They probably will pay for themselves in the future if I get more creative on the business end, and the resale value is high enough where they certainly won't be a total loss. Money spent on good tools is an investment. It doesn't hurt if you actually like sewing and messing with the machines as much as I do.
  14. I have made quite a few stamps from nails. Granted most are pretty ugly, but some are really useful. I like the undercut bevelers better than my storebought ones. Also I use cheap clothespins to hold leather while gluing.
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