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  1. You don't want this to be your first industrial sewing machine, if your goal is to sew leather. First this is not a leather machine. Second I don't like any "oil-pan" machines. I am sure some people out there love them, and if I was running a factory of these machines I'm sure it was great just filling them up and checking the window and topping them off every so often. However as a hobby this is a pain. If you ever move the machine oil will slush all over. Sure you can swap out the motor with a new Servo motor and that will slow it down, but its still not a leather machine. Keep looking
  2. The Singer 301, 401a and 500a are decent machines, pick the 401a if you have the option. Yes they are home machines and not walking foot leather machines, but they are a the last batch of Singer machines made with metal parts. They are the first group of Singer machines to take the standard 15 needle, so you can get leather point needles at the fabric store and regular sewing thread and start to practice. The down side is, your using regular thread and needles, so you wont be sewing very thick or hard leather. If you have some time and a little more cash, look for a Singer 111 machine. They can be found from $200-$500 and are a true leather machine and a great machine to learn sewing leather on.
  3. I think Wiz is referring to the Knob you can add to the hand wheel. There is a spot on the hand wheel you can drill and then add the knob so it makes it a crank. Also - you can get a few parts and move the hand wheel to the side of the machine. Those parts can be hard to come by if they didn't come with your machine.
  4. First the CB4500 does come with a servo motor and a speed reducer pulley installed. I like supporting a local company when possible plus it will save on shipping. However that said if the machine is "setup" correctly and oiled regularly you wont have any issues with it for many years. The real work is getting the machine "dialed in". I have checked with local industrial sewing vendors and they wanted almost double the cost of the CB4500 for the Highlead version. Yes they are almost the exact machine and if I had not unboxed and assembled a factory direct Highlead machine and table for a friend last summer I would not have noticed all the adjustments that go into setting up a Cowboy CB-4500. So I guess what I am saying is there is value in both options and Cowboy is quality machine and a great value . So if the local company prices are competitive, and you feel it is a reputable place that will be extra helpful, then it is worth considering.
  5. I have been using the CB4500 with @uwe flat-bed table. I like Uwe's flat-bed because it has a seamless fit over the arm, unlike the standard flatbed table that leaves a gap. So with this you get a true flat-bed and an arm machine, thus making the perfect machine!
  6. WOW - I thought I was hard on The Boss, that's taking it to the next level.
  7. I think that motor on the side is for the drill and or air compressor separate from the machine motor and drive system. This setup is similar to the Singer Class 7-31. The hand wheel has a clutch-wheel on it and when you press the pedal the large arm engages the spinning clutch against the hand wheel to start it sewing. This clutch-wheel looks like it has been removed and they are just placing the belt directly on the hand wheel. Here is a better picture of how the machine would have looked in the power table with the clutch wheel and arm even though this is the Class 7-31 it is the same mechanism. On this type of hand-wheel it doesn't have the belt groove since they expected you to place the wide belt on the clutch-wheel. But I have run my class 7-31 with the belt directly on the wheel and it still woks. You could also swap the wheel for a 7-33 wheel that has the v-belt groove. Back to your original question, I don't think it would be the best machine to sew leather. You probably could convert it to a class 7 needle, but still its not what the machine was intended to do, and depending on what it cost it may not be worth the conversion. If you get it for a very reasonable price (for me that number would be less than $100 USD) it may be worth the effort, otherwise I would pass and keep looking for a Class 7 machine. On the other hand if they have all the extra parts in a box then it would be of more value, since you may be able to restore it. 31
  8. That looks like an interesting machine. In its current setup it appears to be missing the "drill" attachment? Plus when they say drill, I think the actually meant drill rather than needle and awl. If it was a good deal and worked I bet it could be handy, however I have found it better to leave "book-machines alone unless your actually making books.
  9. Yes, it is very simple. Here is the video.
  10. I struggled with this question for a few years and went with the CB4500. Just like you I have a Singer 111w155 that is similar to the Sailrite and it can cover the smaller weight leathers and canvas, but I wanted a machine that could do more. I run 346 thread in it and it doesn't flinch on a single stitch it runs so smooth I wish I had 2 of them. I feel if I had gone with the CB3200 with the shorter arm and less clearance I would have wished I got the CB4500. Plus with @Uwe flat-bed table it converts into an exceptional flat bed machine and I see my Singer 7-31 gathering dust. So I would recommend getting the base CB4500 with Uwe's custom flat-bed. I know it seams like a lot more money, however these machines last 100 plus years so it is worth the money.
  11. I made up a needle and thread PDF that covers some basics. needle and thread.pdf
  12. I think if you saw a 9-1 in-person it would be very impressive, but it looks like a quilting frame rather than the traditional machine shape so it lacks in its overall "wow factor" from the Singer rendering. I wonder if any survived? It would be great to see an actual photo of one. It would be also great to see a 14k8, they looked fairly complicated.
  13. This looks like an extended Class 7. I think the Class 8 is bigger than this? At least from looking at that picture. The largest machine is the 67-1 Class 8-8 monster>
  14. Send me some pictures of what your missing, I may have them. There is a local place off University Ave called Service First Sewing, they would also be able to order parts and have bobbins and needles.
  15. I saw that machine listing for all of 5 minutes yesterday on CL since it was priced to sell. It looked like a nice machine good score!
  16. That Union is a very nice machine. I'm not sure I would recommend that for your first machine. Plus if you have that kind of money to spend get the Cobra C4 or the Cowboy CB-4500 AKA juki 441 clone machine, that would be a better first machine for less money and it would be brand new.. The 441 clone can sew with heavy thread, 346, 415, plus if you really want to use wax thread you can add the wax pot. You will be able to get more project around the arm of the 441, and have a longer throat area to work with.
  17. Can you sew the same material but double it up? Sometimes this happens to me sewing thinner layers. Not that this is a fix, it would just still be an issue on the thinner projects. Then you may need to change the needle and foot lift for thinner projects.
  18. Here are some Thread charts, for Ticket, TEX, Metric and Gov't size thread. This helps if you find a deal on Gov't thread, you can figure out what size it is.
  19. If your starting out you will want a servo motor and/or a speed reducer rather then the standard clutch motor. I also notice they come with the welt-foot (makes the round-rolled seams) not bad to have but you will also want to get a set of regular feet. The 111 has an internal belt and a clutch, you will want to check the condition of the internal belt and make sure its not ready to fall apart I'm sure there are other things to look out for but those are the major things I can think of.
  20. It should just be just sitting on the cast iron braces that bolt on the bottom and you could lift it right out of the table once you remove the belt. That was how mine is setup. I really like that smaller table yours is in. They clean up really nice, with the open head it reminds me of an old hot-rod. I did repaint mine, why not I never plan on selling it. I was tempted to take it to the auto painters for a real paint job. I would like to get the decal set for it some day so it will look close to original. One day I might find and original pedal treadle for it.
  21. I would bet there are better machines for free-motion than this one? I suppose you could just remove the feed dog and try that? The Consew guides are on this page. http://www.consew.com/Resources/
  22. If your buying it new you should expect it to be new when you get it. Even a used machine should be well packaged and free of shipping damage "Paint chips and scratches are probably normal and probably not a cause for concern" I disagree with this statement. Your going to pay a few hundred dollars for shipping so make sure its still in "new" condition when you get it. If your machine shows up with any damage there is a good chance it was not packaged or handled correctly and could have other issues beyond cosmetic. Really it should be fine and the first thing you will notice is that the fork-lift or pallet-jack ran the pickup-bars right though your package or they missed the pallet and took a chunk off the machine base. I suspect it could also get dropped off the forklift, I have seen my fair share of Nascar forklift drivers, it should be obvious that there was a mistake. Enjoy the new machine.
  23. Not sure what model THOR your looking at? But all you need to do is compare the specs of the (2) machines and if they take the same needle class (say 135X17) then they will be very similar.
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