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  1. There’s nothing to synchronize on this machine when you replace the belt on a Pfaff 1245. You’ll just have to adjust hook timing after replacing the belt. This machine design has feed motion driven via cams located on the main (top) shaft. Replacing the belt does not change feed timing, it will only change hook timing. If you remove the belt, then needle and feed motion are unchanged, just the hook no longer rotates. The Pfaff 1245 manual provides details on various adjustments, including hook timing.
  2. The Juki 1508 Engineer’s Manual (lu1510n.pdf ) describes how the adjustment of the safety clutch torque works, on page 32/33. Here’s a screen shot of the relevant section:
  3. The Global 9971 appears to be yet another a copy/clone of a popular design dual driven-wheel post bed design. I don’t know what original design these machines are based on, but there’s a lot of them. The Global 9971 is essentially the house brand version sold by Global, a big sewing machine company based in the Netherlands. If you’re within day-trip driving distance to Global then you should strongly consider visiting them. I’ve not personally used this machine, but I spoke with a Global representative at a sewing machine trade show a few years back. Global seems to have their act together from what I can tell. Other clone brands sell very similar machines, often with a 9910 or 24618 in the model name. Example: Highlead 9910/24618 The relative quality of generic clone machines often depends on the company importing them and setting them up. This is why being able to visit the vendor in person for a demo and/or purchase and for service is important. In Europe, some of the big brands for generic clone machines are Global, HighLead, HighTex (Cowboy), Typical, Sieck, among others. Take some of your materials and finished products to get meaningful advice on which machine is best suited. The dual driven-wheel post bed machines are generally popular with people who make shoes. They’re very good at sewing tight curves and following intricate designs very close to the edge. Long straight stitch lines can be challenging because the material pivots so easily around the needle. The YouTube videos showing theses types of machines in action often feature very skilled sewists who make it look easy. You can also sew belts, bags and similar projects with a machine like this. If you’re expecting the machine-sewn seams to look like your hand-sewn saddle stitch seams, would will very likely be disappointed.
  4. Which parts book is that page taken from? Do you have a link to the whole parts book? I don’t remember ever seeing that mechanism on a Singer 111W155. I’ve seen it on other machines. The position of the slider on that eccentric determines the eccentric offset - the distance between the center of the driving shaft and the center of the collar bushing. That offset determines the amplitude of the eccentric motion, meaning how much or how little the connecting rod moves (wobbles) as the mechanism spins. The worm gear is used to change the position of the slider. As with most worm gear designs, the purpose usually is that the worm gear can move the slider, but the slider cannot move the worm gear. Rotating the worm gear moves the slider, but pushing on the slider does not rotate the worm gear. This prevents the slider position from changing on its own as you sew. There’s probably a locking screw that fixes the slider in position and takes slack out of the mechanism to minimize noise. I’m curious to know if your Singer 111W155 is a special version of some sort to employ this eccentric mechanism for walking foot lift. The standard 111W155 foot lift eccentric has a fixed-offset eccentric and the motion amplitude is then changed by changing the position of the connecting rod on the “banana slot” in the driving lever. I’m looking forward to seeing some photos of your machine and that eccentric detail.
  5. You’ll have to show us some pictures of the parts you’re talking about. Your words don’t really match what I’m picturing in my head.
  6. For turning corners, I recommend stopping the machine with the needle in the material, ideally right after the needle enters the material and well before it reaches the very bottom of its movement. There’s some bad advice floating around on this subject. Also, lift the feet just enough to pivot the material, but not so high that the thread tension release activates.
  7. I think you may be missing a part or two in that mechanism. One is a small eccentric disc (269 16 011 0) that I think allows you to change the height of the feed dog when vertical feed motion is enabled. I’m not sure what the function of the flat part (269 16 007 0) is. Do you know when your machine was built? Durkopp Adler also made some updates to the 269 design in 2017. Manuals published by Durkopp Adler for 269 machines built through May 2017: https://www.duerkopp-adler.com/en/main/Support/downloads/index.html?action=search&prop0=%2Fcommons%2Fdownload%2Fpublic%2F269_valid_till_May_2017%2F&prop1= Here are the manuals for the newer versions of the DA269: https://www.duerkopp-adler.com/en/main/Support/downloads/index.html?action=search&prop0=%2Fcommons%2Fdownload%2Fpublic%2F269%2F&prop1= Perhaps somebody else ( @DonInReno ?) can take picture of that area on their DA269 machine to compare? Feed dog lifting parts through 2017: The newer DA 269 parts manual has a slightly different layout and shows slightly different parts for the feed dog lifting mechanism, including double-needle versions.
  8. That’s very interesting. I wasn’t aware that the machine has a built it mechanism to disable vertical feed dog movement. I was trying to find some reference to this adjustment in the manuals, but didn’t see anything. I’ll have to check again. It’s possible that your machine has never been used with the vertical feed dog movement enabled.The lifting parts may not be as smooth against each other as they normally are with lots of use, or there may be some dirt or grit making a noise. A good cleaning and oiling of that mechanism might help.
  9. As for the feed dog lifting motion, I don’t think you can easily turn on or off , or adjust the feed dog lifting motion. You can adjust the feed dog height, but the amount of vertical movement of the feed dog is determined my an eccentric lifting cam that is not adjustable, to my knowledge.
  10. Your machine stops in the needle-down position. It is normal for the rear foot to lift up as soon as the front foot presses against the material or feed dog. That’s just the walking foot mechanism functioning normally. There’s nothing you have to do, because there is nothing wrong, from what I can tell.
  11. Feed timing issues are often caused by improper synchronization of upper and lower shafts via the timing belt. One quick visual check to do if your machine has the indicator plate with the arrow, is to bring the thread take-up lever to the very top position. In this position the two arrows on the underside should line up. It they don’t, then you’ll have to adjust the timing belt position. This video shows the basics of that adjustment on a Consew 225:
  12. I still think you should try to advance hook timing. It may make a big difference. After my previous recommendation, you just said hook timing looked fine as it was. What I’m a asking you to do is to purposely advance hook timing away from that “fine” adjustment. You may just end up with a “perfect” adjustment. On occasion, the by-the-book setting is just the starting point. Then you make small adjustments until everything works smoothly - I do this quite often. Picking up the top thread loop is only one of the functions the hook timing tries to get right. There are several other functions that are also affected by hook timing. To get all of them working just right at the same time, you may have to vary slightly from the original adjustment. Don’t view the adjustments shown in the Juki engineer’s manual as absolute commandments. Your machine is a copy and it uses a different hook. Some adjustments may simply be a little different for your machine. That change-over to the 1341 configuration you’re contemplating seems like a major undertaking, one I personally would be very reluctant to sign up for. I’m not sure it will be worth the money you’ll spend to have a mechanic do all that work. It’s like accidentally buying a car with a manual transmission, then asking the dealership to install an automatic transmission. While technically possible, it’s not an economical solution. It’s generally far cheaper and better to trade the manual car for an automatic one (or learn to drive a manual.)
  13. It’s not very difficult to make small hook timing adjustments. I just tried it out on my Juki LS-341. This video is NOT a full hook timing video! It’s just shows you how to quickly make very subtle adjustments to the hook timing.
  14. There are several parts that need to be changed over to use the other hook. Check the parts diagram. Every part that is listed separately for the 1340 vs 1341 is involved. It’s not a simple task, more like major surgery. I’d recommend trying to make the current hook work reliably before undertaking that project. That hook by itself isn’t very useful to you.
  15. I see the thread snagging slightly as it’s trying to slip into the passageway under the throat plate, and a second time when it’s trying to cast off the hook gib. The thread take-up leaver is trying to pull up the thread, but the hook hasn’t let go if it yet. The upper shaft with connected (non-adjustable) linkage for the needle bar and take-up lever determines the timing of everything else in the machine. So, based on that video I’d say you need to do two things: 1. Advance hook timing a little bit to make it arrive at the needle sooner. This will also make the hook let go of the thread a moment sooner. Your top thread snags momentarily as it’s trying to get cast off the hook. 2. Your bobbin case opener is too late in starting pull back the bobbin case. The thread has already force-slipped into the passage when the bobbin case opener is just starting to touch the bobbin case. Ideally, by the time the thread needs to slip into the passageway under the throat plate, the bobbin should already be pulled back into the center of the cutout under the throat plate. The arrow in this still image points at your hook cast-off gib, the little finger that point up. Your thread gets stuck at the bottom of it. My stitch cycle video above does show both of those somewhat critical moments. The bobbin case opener video show the proper adjustment of that mechanism. Details matter. If the thread snags at any point during the stich cycle, more thread may get pulled from the spool and the thread take up lever has no chance of pulling the knot into the material. In your case the hook timing and bobbin opener timing is off just a little bit, which may explain why it sometimes works fine, and sometimes it doesn’t. To make it work consistently, you have to adjust the timing to be in the sweet spot, not teetering on the edge of failure. Just to illustrate the cast-off problem, this video shows the too-late-cast-off problem on one of my other machines. Advancing hook timing solved the problem in my case. By the way, according to the Juki LS-1340/1341 parts manual diagram ( LS-1340-LS-1341_P.pdf), you appear to have the hook assembly for the LS-1340 (hook assy. 12 in the diagram) , which is the smaller capacity hook for smaller thread sizes (up to size 92). The large capacity hook (hook assy. 1 in the diagram) is for thick thread (up to 138) and has a bobbin cap. Clone manufacturers often mix and match parts from different versions of the original to come up with their own clone version. This hook design difference may contribute to your troubles making size 138 thread work consistently, because it’s really beyond the spec for that hook assembly. However, with a little fine tuning, you can likely make it work.
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