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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. 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

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. .
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. I used phase convertors on my Schabe D and Fipi 20 20 years ago Still working The conversion on the Fipi was more difficult because of the euro wiring.
  11. I have been down that road on a 155w. Follow the advice of the experts, make sure it is timed "right" Now drentch hook with oil and put in #69 thread. If it sews correctly than do the following. Remove hook "not carrier" those tiny jib screws have wings, check if there is any debris, inspect hook for any burrs make sure everything is smooth! Now remove tension spring and make sure thread path is clean and tension spring works properly. I use super glue on jib screws/screw driver to assemble. If that machine -doesn't work let me know I have another idea (crazy)
  12. I would tackle this machine. The 45k pictured was in similiar condition. I will posted refurbished if post is still up. These machines helped me make a living for 25years, starting with a $25 garage find. Start with spraying with BD Blaster on all moving surfaces, every few days. This can take weeks. Then remove any parts like bobbin winder and screws. Done worry about hook and bobbins are cheap. Soak small parts in The Works its a drain cleaner and is disposable. I than tum parts in a cheap HF tumbler with a little dishwasher soap and water. (doesn't foam up). Now once it's all cleaned and turning try to stitch and see if it works. If stitches are short or it won't sew, now is the time to research. Restorers are shimming gears and other parts. Facebook has "Singer 29k and other cobblers" which has good info. Don't remove main shaft, and I hope flywheel isn't wobbly ( this too can be fixed). Personally I'm not a fender polisher I clean oil and use my machines. I like those old stenciles.
  13. If I had to make a choice for just one machine it would be a singer 144w with reverse. (or adler equivelant) 25years ago my 206's would not sew certain parts on our mc chaps. We bought a 144w103 We called it T Rex pressure feet adjustment is easy, which makes different thickness material easy. Stitch length is more difficult (screw adustment} in top of the head. Parts are available. Another choice would be a singer 45k with the walking foot. These machines have a front stitch length lever making locking a stitch if you slide to zero or close. Thats how embroidery machines lock stitches between jumps. Both machines are available down to #20 needles. I'm currently modifing a $50 45k to sew shoes soles.
  14. www.ameriken.com has been my choice for many years.
  15. Hello I would go to the facebook china leather shoe patcher. This will usually work good out'of the box with #69 or #46 without mods. For a better machine which has been checked out and adjusted go to bantamsaddleandtack I think they are a moderator on site. There is enough info on that site that you don't have to fiddle and screw up.
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