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  1. I'm sure it can sew leather - It looks like it's a compound feed. It's just that most people wouldn't need a long arm machine like that to sew most leather goods. If you do need it to reach the middle of large pieces, then it might be just the thing :~)
  2. I winced when I read this - I feel bad for your machine, but I'm very glad there were no serious injuries. I hope you won't take this as "hind sight", but maybe the following description of machine lifting might help others in the future - I'm sure it isn't an original idea, btw. I'm not a large or very strong individual, but I've dealt with various kinds of machinery (including sewing machines), my whole life, and so had to learn ways of safely lifting and moving heavy (sometimes VERY heavy) objects. What we (My wife and I) do with any sewing machine too heavy for one person to easily lift, is what I've come to call the "cannibal" method - We hold a length of metal pipe ( I use a piece of aluminum pipe, but a piece of 1" EMT, etc. would work), maybe 6' long or so, over the machine arm, and wrap strong rope or nylon strap (ratchet strap is fine) over and around the pipe and under the machine arm, several times, spreading the wraps out so the machine is balanced - Secure the wraps, squat down, get your shoulders under the pipe, and lift away. We've easily and safely lifted sewing machines, one even weighing north of 200 lbs, like this, carried them up/down stairs, off trailers, etc. , and moved them quite a distance sometimes. Anyway, I hope this might help someone avoid problems.
  3. If you got that machine for $500, complete with a servo motor AND a speed reducer, you got a REAL good deal! I'd check the belt alignments, to make sure they're all running straight. A belt running on a pulley at a sideways angle can cause the noise you describe, as will a belt running too loose. And make sure you've oiled everything in the machine powertrain - Both above and below the bed. The manual should show the oiling points.
  4. Thank you ! I was sure I was right, but the guy didn't believe me that it was a re-purposed sewing machine table
  5. This was posted on another forum, I follow - A guy there, from Germany, posted photos of a small antique metal lathe he just bought. He says the table it came with is original to the lathe, but I think it's an old line shaft sewing factory table - Anyone have an opinion ?
  6. OOPS ! My mistake - Wrong subclass! I apologize for any confusion caused. We have a 153 K 103, which is most definitely a walking foot machine, and shares feet with other Singer walking foot machines . So the 100 subclass is the needle feed version, and as Bob said, needs the sideways feet. Thanks, Bob.
  7. I think we're going to need a little more info - Can you take another video, of the upper thread path as you sew. It might be that the take up spring is way out of adjustment, or something . Are your tensions balanced to begin with - Upper tension too tight vs. bobbin, etc? Foot pressure too light, it looks pretty minimal? Could be any number of things. I see Kgg has just answered - Check the foot pressure, as that might be it - Often something very basic.
  8. OK - Here's a close up photo of the speed reducer set up, which I guess is what you wanted to see. The Mustang idler is at the top - The long carriage bolt passes through the sliding part that has the idler pulley. The head of the bolt bears against the back of the fixed part, and pushes the slider against the back side of the belt - Once it's adjusted, I lock it down with the 2 nuts. The whole thing, including the reducer pulleys, is fastened to the rear cradle that hold the machine in the table. The Idler set up had to be modified a bit to work like this, but it performs flawlessly, and solves the belt tension problems with homemade speed reducers. Here's a photo of the Adler as found - It was nowhere near in as bad a shape as the 30-1 patcher I just acquired, but it was non-working, and I had to do a couple repairs and replacements to get it there. The seller had never gotten it to sew, and told me that he bought it from "some old guy" that used it to sew buffalo skin rugs together - It WAS clogged up with woolly brown fur, so I guess maybe that was true Here's the last shot, of the whole machine - I sort of re-engineered the table for it, shortening it, and making a new top. I'd seen photos of Adlers used by the German military, and loosely followed that idea, with a cabinet under it. I picked up a nice iron treadle, and fabricated a new lower crossbar, to replace the bent up originals. The table is on casters, as it lives in one end of our kitchen, when we're not using it - It rolls into the shop, through the doorway behind it. My wife said it had to look nice, if it was going to live in the kitchen. And so maybe I "over-restored" it a bit, even to the extent of polishing the handwheel rim - After I polished it, I rubbed it with this anti-corrosive sculptor's wax, and surprisingly, it's stayed rust-free for a couple years now.
  9. It's an Adler 20-19 - I'll post a couple more photos, after breakfast :~)
  10. Coming from you, a high compliment, indeed - Thank you :~) There was no rocket science involved in sinking the Adler - The photo shows the 3/16" (5mm) steel straps used. You would need to bend these with a powerful bending brake, or cut and weld them - These are welded. Just compensate for the table thickness, and how high you want the bed to stick up above, and design accordingly . They are just hung from the table with carriage bolts & lag screws - Make sure to leave a cutout for the bobbin winder, belt, and front bed access. The machine just sits on them - You could just lift it out, if you were strong enough ;~) The photo also shows my home-brewed speed reducer, which uses a modified fan belt idler pulley from a '78 Ford Mustang, to tension the belt from the backside. With a 750W servo motor, the machine has plenty of power !
  11. I totally agree - I don't like to disassemble more than is really necessary - No problem for me to mask and paint, with the main shaft, etc, still in place. I have lots of brushes, solvent, and time to spend on it :~) I can do decent work on sewing machines, if I take my time and go carefully - Here's a little one I cleaned up a couple years ago. It was a bit crusty, and didn't look, or work, as nice as it does now ( Nothing like as bad as this patcher, though) - It turned out pretty good :
  12. OK - As requested, here's some possibly better photos - At least they're against a plainer background. As you can see, everything is there, but some stuff broken . It's missing only one nut from the stand - One of the one's on the end of the treadle axle :~) It's also missing the wooden drawer, but I think I can make one. The wood pitman arm is interesting - I wonder why they chose that material. It seems to work fine, and doesn't seem to have any wear, so I guess they knew what they were doing. It'll be a little while before I can start in on it, but I will refresh the thread with updates, as they happen. Or at least some "After" photos. I've restored a few machines before, so I'm pretty familiar with the drill, but this one is different, and a bit rough - We shall see what I can make of it. And thanks again, for the encouragement !
  13. Can you take out the needle plate and feed dog, and show us the needle / hook orientation, when the the hook comes around , and the needle has risen a couple mm? No need to have thread in it for that - Just so we can see the actual situation. Just because a local shop worked on it it, doesn't mean they had any clue - I've bought machines that were supposedly, recently "serviced", and they were way out of whack. Just sayin' ........
  14. HA! This is an interesting thread, although old - We have a 153 that was re-built by Hoffman Brothers at one point. It has the presser bar oriented in the normal Singer walking foot manner, fore 'n aft, rather than sideways, and we just swap feet between it and our 111 and 211 machines - I never knew it was any other way. So this obviously works - Was there a technical reason Singer originally set it up the other way? Or maybe they did it just to sell special feet ;~)
  15. Many Thanks for posting those links, Constabulary - They make a couple things much clearer to me, now. Having never had one of these apart, seeing your work on that 29 K1 gives me hope that I can get this machine at least functioning. I really appreciate the collective knowledge available on this forum :~)
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