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Gioia

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    Bridgeport, Ct., USA
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    design and make one of a kind handbags using antique purse frames.

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    handbags lightweight and exotic skins
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    sewing machines, skivers etc.
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    Location:Bridgeport, Ct., USA

    Interests:design and make one of a kind handbags using antique purse frames.

    Leatherwork Specialty:handbags lightweight and exotic skins

    Interested in learning about:sewing machines, skivers etc.

    How did you find leatherworker.net?:google

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    Posted Tuesday at 01:51 PM

    I have just purchased a model G fortuna  #16107 black skiver.really old(I will be getting a table , servo motor and foot pedal with rod ).(no vacuum).  It has no vacuum which is fine with me. I have a newer Fortuna service manual forType 50 S-A0 and 50 S -AG. The manual I have is not helping me very much. The machine seems complete except it does not have lever to raise and lower presser foot. I can look on the manual you shared on this site a few years ago and  try to match the parts numbers. I do have the parts # from  the newer catalog. I need the lever to raise and lower the presser foot.The machine came with about 20 presser feet(made in Italy) many duplicates. also a few guide bars. Can you help me? I  had a Fortuna Skiver many years ago ( From Hoffman company) and then I had a chinese copy about 20 years ago. I do not want another copy.  I bought this skiver because it is a fine machine . the parts are fine precision.  It looks like everything else is here, but I could be wrong.I took its apart I don't even know if this machine can  to clean it up and have laid out all the parts. Can you help? I would be so thrilled if you could. Please let me know. Thank you

    Joy Liotta Horvath

    bagstudio@aol.com

     

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    1. bruce johnson

      bruce johnson

      Joy,   Sorry but I dont have access to parts on most of the powered machines. I would suggest Campbell-Randall in Boerne, TX as my first call. 

      Thanks

      - Bruce

  2. I have just purchased a model G fortuna #16107 black skiver.really old(I will be getting a table , servo motor and foot pedal with rod ).(no vacuum). It has no vacuum which is fine with me. I have a newer Fortuna service manual forType 50 S-A0 and 50 S -AG. The manual I have is not helping me very much. The machine seems complete except it does not have lever to raise and lower presser foot. I can look on the manual you shared on this site a few years ago and try to match the parts numbers. I do have the parts # from the newer catalog. I need the lever to raise and lower the presser foot.The machine came with about 20 presser feet(made in Italy) many duplicates. also a few guide bars. Can you help me? I had a Fortuna Skiver many years ago ( From Hoffman company) and then I had a chinese copy about 20 years ago. I do not want another copy. I bought this skiver because it is a fine machine . the parts are fine precision. It looks like everything else is here, but I could be wrong.I took its apart I don't even know if this machine can to clean it up and have laid out all the parts. Can you help? I would be so thrilled if you could. Please let me know. Thank you Joy Liotta Horvath bagstudio@aol.com
  3. I need to purchase a new or good(used) skiver for myself. Hopefully one that's been regularly serviced. I've owned a fortuna skiver for a few years many years ago( purchased from Hoffman Brothers in Illinois) and later a Chinese model which wasn't the greatest. It may have been me. I need to skiver alligator skin. I've been hand skiving it for over a year, and it is just too painful time wise.I am located in Bridgeport, Ct., USA . My email is bagstudio@aol.com.Thank you for your time.
  4. Hi, On bags in stores, specifically Nancy Gonzales and alligator bags, there are matching edge cotes used in colors like pink, red, blue, green etc. Does anyone know where to get these? Do you make them yourself? How can I get colors of edge cote? Please help!!!! Thanks, Joy
  5. On many alligator bags in store(specifically Nancy Gonzales), the manufacturer uses a matching edge cote to finish raw edges.I've seen reds, rusts, navys, turquoises whites and many shades of brown. Since Fieings only offers two colors...black and brown...Where can I get the colored edge cotes? Does anyone know? Can you make it yourself? I really need this info. Please help!!!! Joy
  6. When I learned leather working ,I was told to use a slightly higher table ...and always stand when cutting.You have more control over the amount of pressure you can exert on the knife.Good luck.Also, if cutting garment leather, either use a cutting board(butcher block style)or self healing vinyl cutting mat. Years ago , all the hand cutters in the garment center would place a block of wood under the top side of their cutting boards. This a created a slight angle to the board...kind of like a drafting table.but not as extreme. Joy
  7. Scott, I'm not sure if this will help you, but I always make the holes for handstitching with a sewing machine without any top or bottom thread.Try to use a leather needle. Sorry if this doesn't work. Joy
  8. Well I broke down and bought both machines from one person. .I got an Adler model 69-373 lightly used (made in Germany) for 1350., and a leather skiver(white) new copy of Fortuna 110v motor ,no vacuum(thank god..the noise was obscene)complete unit with table for 1000. bought both from Itzhak Erez at Miami Industrial Sewing Machines in North Miami Beach.I never met him in person, but he knows machines.I had a few long discussions with him about what I needed a machine to do. He is about 70 years old and really knows his stuff.I don't work on very very heavy leather.more like garment weight and up to a few ozs. I used to have some machines and explained what I had hated about the old machines. Itzak was right on it. He assured me that I'd be happy ,,,and I am.He is the best.When I'm in Miami in February, I 'll go visit him. What a nice man.He didn't want to sell me what I didn't need.I love my machines. They do exactly what he said they would.They arrived crated and already set up with instructions and drawers plus attachments in the tables(I paid for crating and shipping).Thank you Itzak. Joy
  9. Hi folks, I am ready to buy an Adler cylinder walking foot machine and also a skiver(Like a Fortuna) single phase only. I'm in Connecticut. Please contact me right away if you have this for sale or have any leads. Thanks. Joy Horvath bagstudio@aol.com
  10. Hello everyone, I no longer have a fortuna skiver to skive some of my pattern pieces .I make handbags.Is there anyone willing to skive my pieces and or charge me to use their skiver.I'm in Fairfield CT. 203 257 8099 I cannot afford to buy one right noe as the price of 1800. is not justified by the amount of work I need it for. Any suggestions? garment weight 1 1/2 to 3 oz. Joy Horvath
  11. hi, i'm a bag maker who sometimes uses leathers; mostly garment weight or slightly heavier.I need to thin leather in seams and foldovers and also when I'm covering a metal purse frame with leather.I presently do not have a skiver.I used to have a Fortuna, but not any more.Is there anyone with experience who can do this for me for a fee...?,,,or is there anyone near me(Fairfield, Ct.) that is willing to allow me to skive my own pieces on their machine for a fee?I am pretty desperate. Please help.Or maybe someone wants to sell me a skiver.(no three phase and no exhaust) I can be reached at bagstudio@aol.com Thanks, Joy H.
  12. hi, I used to put the spool in a plastic bag and that would slow down the unravelling. Joy
  13. hi Where is machine? I'm in Fairfield Ct
  14. please send me info and photo Thanks, Gioia
  15. Hi All, Heres the story. I had a small handbag shop and used to use Juki 563 walking foot ,and Nakajima narrow cylinder walking foot.Both machines used same feet and bobbin , so it was easy. They were both overkill for lightweight leather. Isn't there a high post machine that has finer feet? I used to modify them by grinding off sides and bottoms of feet.I also always removed finger guard. I once saw a man in Manhattan who was using a wheel on right side of foot to feed leather.I dont think it was a walking foot.Anyone ever seen one like this?I'd be interested in buying one.I need to buy a lightweight hi post(I will make a plexi table to convert it to a flat bed) Any help or suggestions or machines I can buy will be great.My husband swears by an Adler, . Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? Please? I need to get a machine. I have an ols singer flat bed straight stitch 95-10. The feet are tiny and delicate which I love however the stitch length adjustment no longer works and , of course, I only get short stitches(too short, as it turns out). I'd love something like this in a high post. Gioia
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