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  1. Would you mind sharing the link to that website? These kind of reference to online resources work best if you make it a clickable link. Don't make dozens of people try and Google it when you already know the website address.
  2. The only example I could find of a flatbed attachment for the Durkopp Adler 869 is sold by Sieck (http://www.sieck.de/en/machines/sewing-bags-and-leathergoods/arm-type-triple-transport/?produkt=7286) in Germany. They charge 200 Euro for that flatbed attachment. Here’s a picture from their website for the LW archives: The arm design of the DA 869 is very different from the vintage DA 69 and modern DA 669. The flatbed attachment I make for the vintage DA 69 won’t fit the DA 869.
  3. It's the bobbin winder from a Singer 132K. I can only make out the "41896" number in the pictures above, but it matches the parts diagram of the Singer 132K. Looks like yours is missing the rubber "tire" that should sit in the groove and provide friction against the handwheel. Here's the picture from the SInger 132K owner's manual (Singer 132K Manual.pdf) This page is from the Singer 132K parts list (132K6_10_12.pdf)
  4. The Durkopp Adler 205-370 class of machines and clones are by far the best synchronized binding solution I've seen in that category of machines. The synchronized binding solutions for the Juki TSC-441 and clones look similar, but don't function the same way. I've not personally used the 205 clones sold by SewPro, Weaver, or Cowboy dealers. I would expect them to be of similar quality. The 205 clones I have lack the access hole in the arm needed for synchronized binding. The length of the arm on the 205 clone is an important consideration. The synchronized binder kit that Kwok Hing makes is designed for the standard 12" arm (DA 205-370). Some clone machines have longer arms (e.g. 205-420) and may not accept the KH synchronized binder kit. You can order KH parts for the DA 205 directly from their online store: http://www.khsew.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=205 You have to register to see pricing and place an order. The order confirmation email normally includes Paypal as a payment option. KH also released a fixed binder kit (KH205-FNP/FDB) recently, but I've not yet tried it. This kit should work with all 205 clones, regardless of arm length or access holes. Here's my installation video mentioned earlier, using an original Adler 205-370: Here's a video with a few binding samples:
  5. I'd recommend trying standard Pfaff double-toe feet with a knurled outer foot (e.g. Kwok Hing part KP-1245W). I have some left in stock if you need it fast (KP1245W). If you have time, you can also order directly from Kwok Hing at http://khsew.com for less. The inner foot is perfectly smooth to begin with except for climbing teeth at the front. I doubt the knurled outer foot will leave major marks, but if it does, it's easy to turn it into to a smooth outer foot. I prefer using a pneumatic rotary sanding disc tool to make toothed feet perfectly smooth in about a minute or two. The bigger the footprint, the less likely it is to leave marks. Tiny footprints are not your friend when trying to avoid marking leather. Here's a picture of the underside of the KP1245W feet:
  6. Uwe

    PFAFF 193 ongoing problems

    You are talking about the needle guard. This is a part that can be bent slightly and carefully with a screw driver to adjust it. When bending the needle guard, make sure you don't use the hook tip as a lever point (it may break the tip of the hook!). Rotate the hook into a position so you can use the body casting as a lever point to push the needle guard plate in or out. The needle guard is supposed to barely touch the needle when the tip of hook is at the needle. The function of the needle guard is really to protect the hook. It prevents the needle from getting deflected towards the hook and causing the hook to strike the needle. It's best to upload videos to Youtube and share the link here in order to keep the video with the topic and so that others can see and learn from it too. I can do it for you if you don't know how. My email address is uwe@uwe.net I made a short video once that was an addendum to a hook timing video. It shows how the needle guard is supposed to barely touch (or "kiss") the needle. The same applies to the Pfaff 193 (and just about all other machines with a needle guard.)
  7. Uwe

    PFAFF 193 ongoing problems

    That picture upload did not work, sorry. It's a bit of a science to upload pictures in this form. Unless you pay-to-play, you have to downsize pictures before uploading. Either way, you can drag-and-drop or use the "choose files ..." link to upload pictures. The post on the Pfaff 193/593 (and many other post bed designs, I suspect) consists of two halves that can be moved independently. The left half of the post (blue in the picture below) is the feed dog carrier - it needs to stay aligned with the needle. The right half of the post (red) is the hook carrier. Either half can be moved independently of the other a small distance. This allows you to adjust the distance between hook and needle. The left side of the post needs to stay aligned with the needle, to make sure the needle is centered with the hole in the feed dog. In order to adjust the position of the hook relative and the needle, you have to move the RIGHT portion of the post. The post cover plates front and back have slotted holes or simply slide over the opposing part to allow relative position changes between the two halves of the post. In order to adjust the right half of the post, you'll also have to move the hook driving gears to make sure they stay nicely meshed. That's my theory, in any case. I have a Pfaff 593 but I've not yet adjusted hook-to-needle distance on it. If, as you say, it's really the bottom of the bobbin case that touches the needle, something totally different may be going on. Pictures are indeed required to have any chance of remote debugging. Here's a detail picture of my Pfaff 593 post. You can see that the front cover plate is really only attached to the left half of the post.
  8. That may be true for a few particular models. Perhaps you misinterpreted something or somebody misspoke when you were there. Durkopp Adler has factories in several countries (Germany, Czech Republic, China, etc.) Only a select number of models are produced in Bielefeld nowadays, mostly high-end automated workstations for garment production. The Durkopp Adler 267 Traditional in particular is produced in China, I'm quite certain. The showroom in Bielefeld appears to have nearly every model Durkopp Adler (and Pfaff) currently makes on display, but not all those machines are built in Bielefeld. At least that was true when I was there in 2017.
  9. You likely won't find a manual specific to just your model, but rather a general manual that covers a bunch of available options, including yours. The "G" means that it should have a wheel on top of the machine to adjust walking height (stroke) of the feet. The HP option means that it is capable of switching between two walking heights by means of a knee switch. Actuating the knee switch makes the machine use max foot walking height (to cross seams, etc.,) The default walking height is the one dialed in with the wheel on top of machine.On some machines, changing walking foot height also limits the maximum sewing speed. The Durkopp Adler 467 Service Manual (Durkopp-Adler-467-Service-Instructions.pdf ) covers various options, including your "G" and the "HP". Post some pictures of your machine including the type plate on the back, when you get a chance.
  10. Love that acrylic handwheel @threepets!
  11. I have a nice original Adler 30-1 and I'm game to meet up in Akron, OH about halfway to your ZIP. I'll send you some pictures later today. Regards, Uwe
  12. The folks a the Leather Machine Company who market the Cobra brand have some odd marketing policy not to make basic information available online. They want you to call them and talk their sales or support people. When you buy one of their machines new or used, you kind of buy into that philosophy. So give them a call - it's what they want.
  13. Uwe

    Presser lifting eccentric 111w155

    I made a video on this topic using a Pfaff. The concept is the same for many other machines.
  14. Uwe

    Sewing Machines Near Me

    Keystone Sewing in Philadelphia is only about 85 miles from Joppa, MD. You can contact LW member @Gregg From Keystone Sewing to arrange a visit.
  15. Very often the only difference between the leather and fabric versions of a machine are the feed dog, throat plate and presser feet. The leather versions will have smooth surfaces and the fabric version will have teeth or knurled surfaces on those parts. The parts are generally easy to swap out and you can turn most fabric machines into a leather machine by installing parts with smooth surfaces.