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DavidBraley

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About DavidBraley

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  • Birthday 06/17/1960

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Interests
    Machining, Electronics, Woodworking, Welding, Sewing, Automation and anything Classic Cars!

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Just starting....
  • Interested in learning about
    Would love to become proficient at sewing auto interiors. Also Industrial sewing machines and all the support tooling needed.
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  1. Thank you everyone for the help! I really appreciate it. I will be very careful to get this right the first time. I definitely will share what I come up with. MtlBiker, I'm already re-thinking the butcher block for my top. The new ideas all started cooking in my brain from John's suggestions on the Upholstery forum (hopefully the word "Upholstery" is not a bad thing on this forum!). My plan is to make two larger tables that can slide up against the sewing machine table to make my work surface larger for bigger projects. It was suggested the work surfaces be taller to help with the chance of back back pain from working on a surface that's too low. Being a 45+ year machinist and tool maker, I can say I'm very familiar with working at a low bench for long periods of time. I also plan on making a double reduction pulley system between the servo and the machine head. I am just getting started, and I have read a LOT about how helpful slowing things down can be for the beginner. Take care all! David
  2. Wiz, You are correct. No good reason for sure. Just getting started, and not thinking it through. I do already own a very nice set of industrial sewing machine legs with the gas pedal and linkage. The legs also adjust for height. I have a very large pile of left over Western Maple from a previous project that I could use to make a nice butcher block style top for this thing. My wood shop is nicely equipped for this type of project. David
  3. Lee, Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I made the dumb decision to buy my machine without a table. I read somewhere on the internet there are several models/brands of machines that will fit the same opening (with some minor tweaking). There is also a thread here on the forum that has proven to be very helpful: "Has Anyone Built Their Own Industrial Sewing Machine Tables?" I will carefully measure, and re-measure everything as I go... David
  4. Hopefully I'm describing this correctly... I'm trying to build a table for a Consew 206RB-5 I have, and I'm having trouble finding the correct dimensions for the opening in the table. Is there a pattern or drawing with dimensions that someone can share for the opening, or cut-out in the top of the table for a Consew 206RB-5? I've found one here on the forum for the Singer 211, but I'm not sure if this is the same for the 206RB-5. Thanks in advance for your help. David
  5. Just wanted to say thanks to the powers-that-be for letting me join this amazing resource of talented people. I am deeply impressed by some of the artistic talent on this forum. I've actually been reading threads for a while, and only recently signed up. I'm presently collecting tools so I can try my hand at some automotive upholstery. I would LOVE to do some of that work in leather, but I suspect I need to start out with vinyls and fabrics and learn a thing or two before I attempt making something out of some very expensive materials. This will all start out as a hobby, and who knows what comes after that. My first project will be the interior for a 1953 GMC Truck I acquired a while back that I am fully restoring myself. My greatest challenge when I began this sewing journey was trying to figure out what kind of machine would be the most suited to the task. I learned quickly that I needed a walking foot, but then became quite discouraged to learn there are different types of walking foot machines. I was lucky to discover Wizcrafts very helpful thread on The type of sewing machine you need to sew leather. Armed with the valuable information from that thread, and other excellent discussions on this forum, I decided to start out with a Consew 206RB-5. I'm an older guy, and I have spent most of my life impersonating a precision machinist and fabricator. I have a modest but capable machine and fabrication workspace here at home. I have a deep love of machines in general, and was actually thinking it would be super cool to just buy one of the older Singers and doing a full restoration. Then, reality sunk in as I looked around my home shop at the MANY half finished projects I'm already working on, and decided I was more likely to succeed at this sewing thing if I just bought a machine that was ready to go. Thanks again for letting me join this amazing community, and I WILL have some questions about these industrial machines as I get started. Of course, I will search first... Take care, David
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