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  1. This may be a dead post but,,, I have tried all the links to parts and needles and none of them work. Does anybody have current information on parts and needles for Gritzner and Frobana? I have a gritzner and want some spare parts on hand. Thank you
  2. Thank you, I will research cadmium coating in my area.
  3. If it works here is a picture of the part in question. The circle is the spot that needs fixed and the blue line is where the 2 pieces split. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  4. Hello all. Short and quick question that I know won't have a short answer. I have a Gritzner sole stitching machine that works like a charm. When stitching the wet leather sole, the chrome face plate is turning my leather sole black (chrome worn off). I am wanting to rechrome the faceplate but wanted to get everybody's opinion first. Has anybody successfully had parts rechromed for sewing machines? Would it be cost effective or would the tolerances be out of wack by doing so. The reason I want to rechrome is the wonderful world of google returns nothing as far as Gritzner or Frobana new parts. If anybody has a good source for parts I would be equally interested.
  5. I would sure appreciate a copy, leathermoose@yahoo.com
  6. I know this is an old topic but I wanted to let people know that yes the price varies. The prices for said Singer machine in my area are running $1200-1500. These machines have been sitting in a closed up shop or garage for some time. I would like to say shop around but I will not buy a machine that I cannot visualize and sew on first so that knocks out buying over the internet. Thanks for listening.
  7. I know this has been a while but I have a question. In the manual it states the needle and awl should be about 1/16 of an inch apart, isn't that a long distance?? I also read somewhere in this forum(can't find it again) that somebody said the needle and awl should be about the thickness of a fingernail apart. Any input?? Also in the maintenance manual it pairs the 23-47 needle with 23-45 awl. I have 22-50 needle with 23-45 awl, could this be why I am having problems with my machine working correctly?? I bought the machine with this needle and awl combination. If anybody could help would be great. Thanks
  8. The machine works fine when moved by hand and when no shoe on the rest. I can run it all day long when it is empty. I have come to the conclusion it is just operator error and inexperience. I think I might be pushing the boot too hard into throat of machine, as it is the stitches are only about an 1/8 inch from outside edge of leather. I am going to play around with different amounts of pressure holding a boot in place. As for the groover, it was not pushed down to the level of the leather. I will get it lowered and give it a try. Thanks for your help.
  9. Hello, I have been looking and cannot find anything similar to my problem. I just acquired a Landis 12K for my new hobby or side business of boot repair. The gentleman I purchased it from was using it prior to me picking it up. My issue is that I have broken 4 awl tips and bent or broken 3 needles since getting it home. It seems difficult for me to get the first stitch started on a new pair of leather soles. I have read the manual and maintenance books and everything appears to be in order. Can the thickness and hardness of the leather be the issue? I am using Live Oak Prime Giant 12-up for soles. Up to this point I have hand sewn the soles so I was pretty excited to get this stitcher. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.
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