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  1. Yetibelle

    Fisters hand sewing machine?

    This is also the issue with the Tippmann Boss (that is way more expense), its hard to sew long runs, belts and straps, with just one hand and keep them looking good. Sure it can be done, its just tricky. That is a Chinese shoe patch machine. Similar to a Singer 29-4 in the operation, but that's about it. I don't think you will be happy with this machine if your going to try and actually make something and want it to look good. Save up a little more money and get a machine with a motor. It will give you much better control of your project and they will look better.
  2. Yetibelle

    Vintage Clutch???

    Welcome to the group. I love that cast-iron base! I will give you my 2 cents, that is probably not worth even that. The big motor (yours is a newer one not original) once plugged in spins up to a some crazy RPMS and sounds like a small jet taking off and runs at full tilt as long as it has power. That front antique clutch has a spring that keeps your machine disk away from the spinning disk until you press the foot pedal, it then pushes the machine disk side into the spinning side to engage spinning and start sewing at warp 10. Once you take your foot off the pedal it the machine side pulls away from the spinning madness and the machine stops. If you look at a new clutch motor it will have a little arm that drops down from the pulley end that you directly connect the foot pedal, the newer motors have this cutch ability built in. The down side to this setup is clutch motor noise, the zippy fast speed, and the potential bump in the electric bill. I recommend replacing both with a new Servo motor, silent, speed adjustable, take less power, overall a much better user experience.
  3. Yetibelle

    how to identify old singers

    *** Basic Disclaimer *** This is a simple collage of vintage Singer Leather Sewing Machines. I am sure I missed something, I can always add more. I just borrowed these pictures from the Internet for reference purpose only, not rights reserved bladdda bladda.....enjoy.
  4. Yetibelle

    Singer Industrial Sewing Machine Screws

    WOW that's great thanks.
  5. Yetibelle

    Singer Industrial Sewing Machine Screws

    Here is the Singer Screw guide from 1890 on the Smithsonian page. It is a scan of the book but I bet someone can convert it to a PDF.
  6. Here you can see a Sailrite in action!
  7. Yetibelle

    Not exactly a Leather sewing question... BUT

    Here is a handy chart...
  8. This machine reminds me of my Ferrari! I think I should have done a little more research before I spent all my money.
  9. Yetibelle

    Tippmann Boss VS CB 3200

    I really like the concept of The Boss, small footprint can be made portable, sews thick leather, no power needed ect. That's also what its drawback are. Since its so small its not great for larger projects, since you have to hand crank you loose one hand to the crank vs a foot pedal and two hands on the project. Hand cranking and clutching (like a motor cycle) is tedious. Someplace between 50 and 100 cranks you will loose patience with this process and your cranking may get a little lazy and not complete your follow-through up\down correctly and the machine may bind up. It' funny in the Cowboy Outlaw video he actually says "run this machine like your angry at it". In the demo videos they typically run the machines with small scraps of firm veg-tan, rather than actually making something. As your making your decision look for some videos of people actually making things and watch how they use the machine and their hands. Then picture yourself making the same project, you can crank-it-out -angry style, or gently guide it along peacefully. Good luck.
  10. Yetibelle

    Singer 111W153 & table resto project

    Looks great! I want a sandblaster! You should get a Servo motor for it. That giant clutch motor while they look great there is really nothing great about them. The Rex Servo is about $100 buck on Amazon, I have got a few and they work great. The best upgrade you can do for the machine, other than a sandblaster.
  11. Yetibelle

    Help! I'm reaching the end of my tether!

    I sold this machine a few years ago, it was working when I sold it. I'm sure that part could have been wrong, if I ever come across another one I will have to compare.
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    Help! I'm reaching the end of my tether!

    Correct that is the 51. They are all 80 year old puzzles and figured any tricky thing to look for may help out a little. When I put that head back together it was stiff and didn't spin smoothly, I took it apart 3 more times and then finally got it to spin smooth and I still have no idea what I changed. Does that k3 have an internal presser foot spring? Or is it getting foot pressure from the bar?
  13. Yetibelle

    Help! I'm reaching the end of my tether!

    There are a number of items that can keep the 29k from making a stitch. A few are really simple and frustrating. Some include worn parts on the inside of the head, but lets assume they are ok. From what I understand its sewing "in place" and not advancing the leather. So even if it was not threaded and you just blank stitched you would not get even stitch holes? Or are you getting very small stitch holes in a line? Here are a few things to check. On the back of the 29 there should be a wing nut sliding adjustment, move that all the way to one side and the other. When you raise and lower the foot, that spring should compress and release. Sometimes it gets stuck and wont release so you don't get any pressure on the foot. You may need more oil in there and not even know its stuck until you hear it click release. But if the foot has no pressure and not moving its probably the spring. So check that tension on the spring and see if it is actually doing its job, and you feel pressure when you raise and lower the foot lever. That little screw in the front middle under the second tension assembly is annoying and I'm not sure of its value other than to frustrate. So loosen that and it makes the machine work. If the machine is feeding correctly and you have the right pressure on the leather and getting spaced holes and its still not picking up the bottom thread. Flip the needle plate around. It has 2 sets of holes, again not sure why, one set works and the other does not. This can also be frustrating. Once you find the side of the plate that works mark it with a dot. Last thing, since the head can rotate by turning the Wings, there may be one direction it prefers and it will start sewing. I guarantee that direction is not directly forward like you think it should be. So turn the wings that rotate the foot to the right slightly and then left slightly and see if you find that point it actually picks up the thread. This also means that you have a worn track in there and a few parts need updating.
  14. Yetibelle

    Singer 111w155 stitch length selector “wacky”

    That is tricky. If its not adjusting the "normal way" take a look under the hood. Tip the machine back and rest it on a block if you don't have a tilt-knob there, this way you can use both hands. Watch as the plunger pops in place, the eccentric lever arm then should move smoothly in/out as you turn the wheel. I am going to guess that its not moving or slipping and the feed eccentric needs to be reset. Here are the Singer instructions.
  15. Yetibelle

    Bag kote and waxed leather. No go?

    I think once you added the "homebrew" oil/wax product (depending on how well it set in) I don't think you going to want to cover that with a finish. The leather will breath from the rough side and your olive oil mixture will start to mold and using the bag-kote will then trap the mold in, it wont be pretty. So you would clean that off as best you can with a leather soap, then use a leather dressing\conditioner. The "food based" oils are not good, your project will get sticky and mold-up. You can experiment with your own formulas, and process but I would stay away from the cooking oils.