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    Techsew Problems

    It generally means to use 1 size down from the nominal needle size. For example, a 441 clone sewing a size 138 thread would normally use a 160/23 needle. But on a 1341 clone, it would sew better with a 140/22 needle.
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    Techsew Problems

    *sigh* No, it's not. This is a common problem with the Juki 1341 style of machines. The back stitch should be adjusted to very closely match the forward stitch. The problem is that most techs don't now how to do it. Some will actually say it CAN'T be done. But it can. You have to get under the the head, and carefully adjust the rocker assembly. It's a painstaking process, and you have to know exactly what you're doing. Regarding thread in vs thread out, well, that's not much help, since you'll almost never use the machine with the thread out. The machine should be adjusted so that it sew correctly backwards WITH thread, otherwise it's pointless. I would add that it seems you're using a pretty severely mismatched thread & needle combo. I don't know what size that you're using but the 1341 clones usually sew upholstery grade leathers best when you run 1 needle size down.
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    2. turbotexas


      I bought that 6/6 from you a few months back! I bought this Ferdinand in Dallas last week! Had I have known, I’d have stopped by! 
      I do have a clicker I need help with! But it’ll be a week or two before I could even think about getting into my pickup and brought up there! 


      See where this one is bent? Do you have anything used you could sell? Would need one good screw as well! 

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      I closed my shop on January 3 of this year.  The Trump tariffs killed us.  But I can privately service your machine.  I still have all the tools required.  :) Just drop me a line when you're headed this way. 

      Also, I don't have that part.  Maybe contact City Sewing in Dallas, or Texas Sewing Machine in Fort Worth.   Or MAYBE Campbell Randall down by you. 


    4. turbotexas


      Ok, yes, I knew you were closing/moving when I picked up the Ferdco 6/6 from you! 

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    Stitch length not the same in reverse?

    Welcome to life with a sewing machine. They probably 3/32 or so. might be 2mm. Amazon sells them. I used to go through dozens a year. OR you could take it to a reputable dealer and have them do a complete service for you and fix that. That's actually what I would suggest.
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    Tandy store closings

    All of the above. But mainly a dying craft. Tandy had tried to rectify that by letting go of older folks, and hiring younger people. But they still focused on western leatherworkers, and almost completely ignored the cos-play and renaissance booms that were happening. They also tried to make their pricing more transparent by eliminating the tiered pricing levels. But the wholesalers immediately shifted to other suppliers, and the retail gains weren't enough to fill the gap. I know a lot of folks don't like TLF, but they've served the leather industry well for a long time, and many of us got our start there. If they leave the market, given the current trend of aging population, there's not going to be anyone big enough to fill all the gaps. Big cities will be serviced, but the small shops will all go away. Considering that they're still in the middle of multi-year leases in many locations, I'd be very surprised if they didn't declare a chapter 11 bankruptcy, restructure their debts (including retirements, if any) and re-open. That's usually how this kind of story goes.
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    Stitch length not the same in reverse?

    The real problem you're having is that the plate you're pointing to is bent. The plate is meant to limit the distance the arm travels in either direction. It is generally NOT meant to lay flat on the machine, it's meant to be an adjustment plate. But with years of use, your plate has bent. Try straightening the plant out perfectly straight and see if that doesn't help.
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    Thread Source

    Send me a pm with what you need. I have some stock left. Eddington is mainly a military supplier. They’re probably buried with emergency military requirements.
  8. $ 600. For sale is this Ferdco 6/6 Heavy Leather Stitcher. This machines has been cleaned, refurbished and tested. It is stitching straight & tight stitches. It has both a hand operation mode and a powered operation mode. Capable of stitching up to 1" of veg tan, it's perfect harness, tack and holsters. Cash Only, no warranty provided. Just want it out of my way. Machine is very heavy. You will need a truck to move it. If you're looking for a heavy leather stitcher under $1000, this is it. Don't pass it up. I'm in Dallas, and will not ship.
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    Solar Leather out of business ???

    Hello All, Yes, we have decided to close the doors. This was not a decision taken lightly. Current import tariffs and business relationships have, in my opinion, made it impossible to provide excellent products at reasonable prices. So, we have decided to make a smooth transition to closing. I may make the videos available in the new few months, but for now, had to close the channel because of copyright violations. If you purchased a Cowboy machine, your warranty is through Cowboy USA. You may contact Cowboy through Neel's Saddlery & Harness Thank you all for the opportunity to serve you and the industry for the last 10 years. Best, Alexander. PS, I have a few personally owned new 4500s with all optional attachments that I'm selling locally for $2400 each. Contact me directly if you're interested. I am in Dallas and I will not ship.
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    Presser Foot Sticking

    Commonly known as "buckling". Too much compressive force on a rod will cause it to bend and deform. The longer and thinner the rod, the lesser the force required to buckle. F = n π2 E I / L2 is the Euler formula for long, slender rods if you're interested. At some point, the machine forced to sew something stiffer and harder than it was designed for, causing the rod to buckle.
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    Broken screw

    For future reference, it's possible to use a small, thin cutting disc on a dremel, and cut ACROSS the screw hole. Then cut down into the bar and into the broken screw, creating a flat head screwdriver slot. You should be able to then use a small screw driver to turn it out. The existing threads are minimally affected and still work well. The cuts across the rod are minimal, and don't really weaken a steel bar that has a tensile strength of 57,300 psi. Obviously, this is a last option...but it's still an option.
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    Taxes. And more taxes.

    Almost every state has a minimum dollar amount that must be sold before sales tax for that location must be collected. Usually that minimum is 100K. This was done to specifically protect small businesses.
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    Holster plate on CB 4500

    Try this.
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    Best Sewing Machines- New vs Used/Antique

    Our 3200 HC weighs 105 lbs. As Wiz says, it's a Barney handle, only made of stainless steel. I looked a long time before I found a handle that was really nice, and really comfortable. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it RIGHT. You can attach them to any wheel that you can drill and tap, but most of the lightweight machines have hand wheels that are basically sheet metal, and not suitable for the heavy stainless steel handles. Might be ok for the small wooden handles Wiz is talking about.
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    Overwhelmed by leather Sewing machines

    It's all based around trucking. Trucking companies don't deliver on Saturdays much, and not at all on Sundays. They often deliver on Mondays, and if you're not there to receive a shipment, it's usually a $150 charge for re-delivery. Not to mention the other 'box truck' deliveries on mondays as well. AND the phone absolutely blows up on Monday morning with people who need help and try to call in before leaving for work in the morning. I seriously struggle to get certain tasks done. Mainly because I'm in the shop SO MUCH. My truck has needed an oil change for about 4 weeks, and I can barely get to the bank to cash my own paychecks. But if I'm away from the shop for more than 10 minutes, I get a phone call or a nasty-gram about how I'm 'never at the shop!'