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    50 years of sewing, and leather working, embroidery machine
    owner, operator, mechanic and digitizer. Clicker die maker
    and operator. Sewing machine mechanic, volunteer sewing
    machine service on domestic machines at Colorado location.
    I own 40 machines

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    sheaths, bags, shoes, boots
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  1. In the 90s clickers were cheap and I bought three. A Schwabe model D, a Fipi 20 and a USMC model C. Two where 220 3 phase. The conversion to single phase I did myself the Schwabe was easy go to the library, talk to friends. straightforward Now comes the Fipi 20, this machine made in Europe had a different wiring specs. and color. With sweat and chest pains I got it done. All three still in service today. Service availability is miserable you have to learn to do everything, thanks for the internet. Good luck.
  2. You could try cording/welt. Sailrite or Rockford Supply.
  3. One of my favorite machines. Problems! bottom feed only, you need a Teflon foot, or a wheel and matching feed dog. The machine has conical bushings (bearings) witch can be adjusted for clearance. No reverse which can be fixed by backtacking. An alternate choice would be a servo motor with needle position, or simply lock with moving stitch length to near zero. If you need a hook buy from a reputable dealer like Toledo. Good Luck
  4. The ga5-5 which is a clone of the 45k25 shows 3 1/2 stitches per inch and the feed dog and throat plate are interchangeable so it might work on your machine, A search on Isaacs may help.
  5. All of the early black oscillating crank drive Singer work basically the same. From the 31-15, 44 series to the 45k. They have conical bushings (bearings) these can be adjusted for wear. That is the first you do take up the slack. Next check how much clearance you have fore and aft of the feed dog. If you have have clearance you can do the following. Grind the slot further down on the stitch length selector about a 1/4", go slow since you don't want the feed dog to interfere with throat plate at maximum length. Also of note you can lock stitches on these machines by simply going to zero and make a few stitches. (embroidery machines work that way) Also note if you put a servo with needle position you can back tack with ease by setting servo at the point of thread release. Also if you glue a pc. of 2mm Teflon to your foot it will reduce surface tension. Have done this and it works !
  6. I would recommend a compound feed (triple feed) with a clutch. Doing auto upholstery you will run into work that will need piping (welting). The center moving foot on the compound feed machine will cinch (press down) on the piping. This is specially important when sewing the piping (welt) to the upper and lower material. Most of these machines have a adjustment for the the lifting height of the feet, reducing lifting make sewing thin materials easier. If you buy a machine without a clutch make sure you make you mark hook and shaft so you can reset if you have a thread jam. A slightly used machine might be a better choice (non factory) because the hook and the race have smoothed with each other. A servo with needle position is a good choice. You can adjust needle position to reduce. thread jams (adjust in slightly descending position). The thread release should be adjusted at the top of the lift this reduces tension problems when lifting foot going around corners or heavy seams. Avoid factory machines they sell for a reason/ Good Luck
  7. I do have a post wwll Singer 144w305 in Colo 81252. The price is $1800. Never a factory machine, sold originally to the VA in Colo.  I bought from a awning business.  If interested I will post videos of machine operating. I have converted machine to a hand operated reverse.  I will convert to servo before selling.  Reason for selling ?  I have converted a 45k to sole stitcher and it will provide for other needs such as knife sheaths. Still a few days from providing images.  tx Lynn

  8. My research on early 20th century has mentioned belly leather for insoles. In my opinion the ultimate shoe construction is the sole construction using blake-mckay insole to midsole. Then using a outsole stitcher sewing midsole to outsole. The prominent construction today is using Goodyear welt attaching to composite insole and cork filling than outsole stitch welt to outsole. The timeless question was belly used for insoles because it was sort of leftover ? I use it for insoles because it conforms to the foot. I have never seen cork that wasn't deteriorated. I also us belly after being cased for heels.
  9. My first industrial in 1972. My second for 25yrs selling in 2018. With a narrow Teflon foot you have great visibility for sewing detail. I think I see a low mileage machine, although the bed is very chipped the wear pattern in front of the needle shows limited wear. Uwe is a great source on ytube for belt replacement. You should be able to get table, motor,bobbin winder and thread stand for $100/$300. Good luck. It won't replace a 206rb a 280l or some Juki's but you can do a lot with it.
  10. Maybe retime. Set needle at very bottom than raise .100 inches or 2..54mm The hook should intersect needle. Now raise or lower needle bar to right position. Check needle distance to the hook. Also make sure needle guard is not pushing needle away from hook. Check for burrs. These machine are finicky however even worn machines can sew well if properly timed There is also a slight chance the timing belt is off a tooth.. Uwe has great stuff on these style machines. Including clones. good luck
  11. My first shoepatcher was a 29-4 for $25 still in service. By far the worst of the singer 29 series. Mainly because the base (foot) area cannot be replaced. That being said if it sews 6 stitches to the inch and needs no parts or service it is probably worth it because the stand is included. Oil generously particularly the head and cam bushings. If it won't sew forget it, to expensive to repair.
  12. Being a owner of these machines since 1976 I have some experience. One The thread release works on both knee lift and hand release and is adjusted by a screw on the right side of the tension disk slightly to the back. The release should be adjusted at the very top so tension is not affected. Two The amount of lift is adjusted by a set screw behind the machine below the crank lever (my term) You will need to take the front cover off to to adjust the up and down movement on the rod. Simple but difficult to explain Three You can now adjust the feed lever on the back left to balance the the needle and foot feed. The right lever with the thumb screw adjusts the lifting height for various thickness. Four Bobbin case irregularity is caused by a bad case or a too tightly wound bobbin that expands and rubs against bobbin case If you don't understand any of this let's tackle each issue and I will probably get you through this. This is one of the best machines for performance and durability.
  13. It's complicated. Most bandsaw metal cutting blades are edge hardened thus retaining some flexibility to the rest of the blade. However they probably are the same overall chemistry. If your blade retains the edge than your good to go. You can harden by heating the edge cherry red (about 1500 F ) until a magnet won't stick, quickly quench in water. That edge is now very hard and can be sharpened to a wicked edge, however very brittle. I use sawzall metal cutting blades for my leather knife, being careful to sharpen the teeth slowly without heating the blade. Walter Sorrels has great youtube videos. .
  14. Hi Tilda I may be able to make my model c work but your HEIC downloads gives me chest pains. Perhaps if you could send your image in a jpeg I can help. My clicker is now unloaded and working well perhaps I could make a video of the machine in operation. I'm sure the engagement issue can be resolved. tx Lynn
  15. I tried a trial offer and got a little response. Here is my opinion, the shoe industry is dead in this country, the ones who are left are quality producers with specific dies and lasts. For example they want a specific die for a 11.5 ee not something close. The same for the last. The custom or bespoke shoe and boot industry on the other hand will buy close (like me) and modify. For example a sole die that's too large they will trim the leather. The dies are rusty and need to be sharpened. There is a market for one's and two's but for this to be successful the purchase of a large lot has to be very low since most will never sell. Cowboy last's have a better market because of more makers. But it doesn't appear you have any of those. If you take the time to catalog and cleanup, paint and sharpen you may have market. I suspect you my have also upper dies? Still interested! I have a box truck going to Fla. after covid, my last trip for stuff to move to Colo. Tx Lynn
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