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    Reno, NV
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    Custom finish carpenter by trade.

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    Basic high quality loops, belts and tool bag mods.
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    Industrial sewing machines
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  1. Um...99.99% of all speed/volume controls use some movement - it works.
  2. I also sew canvas with a similar machine and you’ll definitely want to become familiar with adjusting feet, tension and whatnot. Trying to avoid changing anything that should be changed to save time just doesn’t work so well with these larger machines.
  3. The class 3 would still be awesome if it had the correct holes in the casting for the necessary parts to make reverse work, but it doesn’t.
  4. DonInReno

    Steel plate table top?

    Well the motor is coupled to the reducer - now it needs a new mount. Something with an easily adjustable belt tension that can be set without tools - the design hasn’t jumped out yet, but it will probably have a simple 2” hand wheel. I’ve come to like the simplicity of hidden thread spools in some of the big stitchers so I’m making a spool holder that hangs just below table top with a simple tube rising up a foot or so off the bed that supplies thread to the machine. Maybe the best looking thread stand is no stand at all! Lol Somewhat along the same line of thinking it dawn in me that if the thread is already under the table top why not add a somewhat hidden tensioner on one side of the table front running to a simple rotating metal post just barely sticking out of the other side of the table front. There’s plenty of room to hide a motor for the winder and I’d forgo an automatic stop for the simplicity of holding a small button down for a few seconds - the bobbin is winding a foot from my face so it’s easy enough to manually stop when the bobbin’s full. The wood top is completely gone and the 1/2” thick top has been roughly attached to the table frame. Bolting the machine down was as simple as drilling four holes, tapping 3/8” threads and screwing it down. The top is so solid it really has a nice feel and will serve double duty for leather tooling. At first the plan was to paint it, but I ran across a door kick plate that had a nicely blued finished much like a firearm and that might be cool - the way a blued finish rubs off with use has always looked classic. I’ll have to weld closed a couple of holes and spend an entire weekend lapping the top and corners flat and polished. I picked up a 7” diamond cup wheel for the grinder and after an hour was able to flatten out more than half of the unevenness, but there must be another .020” that needs to be lapped out one way or another. It’s such a big flat surface that if I can get it super flat it should look and feel really nice. The downside to using C channel is all the weird internal stresses and there’s no telling what kind of distortion will happen when the big cutout for the flatbed machines is made. Maybe the flatbed machines should get an entirely separate top? At about 100 lbs it’s a challenge to get this top on and line up th four bolts. There are a lot of trade offs trying to fit so many different machines in one base! At Summit Racing I fell for the slightly larger look of their hexagon shaped threaded tubes and a different shaped and slightly larger 3/4” rod ends that were in sale. The 20,000 lb rating on the rod ends definitely isn’t needed, but it passed the cooler than what I have now test! *chuckle* One thing is for sure, the majority of space behind the machine on most sewing tables is 80% wasted and basically has been a part of traditional designs as mounting for the motor, thread stand and light and not much else. I do miss having a little more space in front of the machine for scissors and whatnot so I’m saving a 4” strip off another piece of channel as an extension - maybe removable, maybe welded solid. I ran across some 8”x3” vintage iron wheels off an industrial cart that just look cool - much cooler than the current 5” rubber casters...and then saw some hexagon solid axles that would compliment the iron’s that for the goofiest use of time on a sewing table! Lol. Some designs make sense, on this I’m just adding bits that simply seem cool, however impractical they may be, and so far it’s been a lot more fun than it should be! :-)
  5. DonInReno

    Antique sewing machine protection wipe down

    It’s funny you say that - I also like to see the machines and my covers are 10 mil clear poly bags cut to just fit around the machines and almost stand up on their own. To be honest I don’t know if these bags were originally 55 gal super heavy trash bags or if they were sold as garment bags. Heavy clear poly is one of my favorite pattern materials for equipment covers - easy to cut and edges can be heat welded with an ordinary clothes iron by placing parchment paper between the iron and plastic. Clear vinyl would make a good cover.
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    DC servo motor for lathe usually has good deals on large non-servo dc motors and speed controls that might work, but 1 hp isn’t much for a 12” lathe. If you really are sold on a big servo they are readily available on eBay, but finding a stand alone controller set up as you described will be difficult - industrial servos are typically not a plug and play application - even a controller that can drive the servo on its own needs a lot of setup. its a better question for one of the home machinist forums.
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    Seiko SK-6 followed me home

    Nice! It still amazes me that the 132k6 and various clones have not been as popular in the US as they are in Australia and England.
  8. DonInReno

    Steel plate table top?

    A little closer - I roughly cut it to size and ground off most of the defects - it still needs to be sanded, corners rounded and mounts welded on. This particular channel is 30lbs per foot so it should be about 90 lbs - maybe 85 once the cutout for flatbed machines is made.
  9. DonInReno

    The planets are in alignment

    It’s funny that you mention a lathe - being primarily a wood guy my side of the family garage is filled with woodworking tools, but for a month now I’ve been adjusting to the idea of replacing a mobile wood lathe for turning tapered columns with a big stationary metal lathe. Here’s a cute little bar in a train caboose that I finished earlier this year.
  10. You can’t order directly from Superior since they are a wholesaler, but you can check the catalog to see if the part is available, or to at least have a better understanding of what is out there.
  11. DonInReno

    Consew 226-Thread Escaping Needle

    Good job! I just had a big sense of relief. Lol
  12. DonInReno

    consew 227 r-2

    It helps that it’s a neighbor since he’s less likely to be hiding something significant. ”timing issues” becomes a catch all phrase explaining away the simple fact that the machine doesn’t make a stitch. It must be human nature to believe turning a screw or bumping an adjustment won’t hurt anything and is easy to undo if it doesn’t help.....any old industrial has had a number of well intentioned self taught mechanics under the hood.... Worst case the machine has been tweaked so much that everything is out of adjustment, some screws are broke off and others are stripped. Shafts are bent, the hook, bobbin case, presser feet and feed dog are out of the junk bin and will never work without replacement, and the machine has essentially been stripped of anything good and to keep it working worn out parts have been cobbled together. For that reason if I don’t know anything else about it a machine that won’t stitch is worth half price. Now if it looks good and tight and it’s obvious a good quality hook simply needs a minor adjustment that’s different and not so bad.
  13. DonInReno

    The planets are in alignment

    I almost forgot to mention how much I’ve grown to like the first reducer. I’ve sewn with it about 8 months and the biggest change is I rarely have to touch the hand wheel. Literally the handwheel may not get touched in any given sewing session. With a quick tap on the gas I’m able to inch it along 1/8 of a stitch at a time. Stopping the needle all the way up or down is a piece of cake so a needle positioner wouldn’t do me much good. Between the motor and reducer the pulleys are set up to function more like a 5:1 and the initial stiffness I was worried about has not been an issue and it’s not difficult to hand wheel if need be. Having a little too much reduction makes sewing much more relaxing and I’ll not miss the days of always being on edge with a machine that hauls asss! Lol
  14. DonInReno

    The planets are in alignment

    Finally had time to dig into the new reducer and so far it seems much more compatible for sewing. It’s a 050 size, which is two steps down from the first one that I’ve been using this year. It’s super compact and eliminates one belt that would be used in a traditional reducer. It’s so compact in fact there’s a good chance at least one of my fabric machines will get directly coupled and eliminate all the v belts, although in that case a 5:1 reducer might be better matched. I was happily surprised to find it came with a flex coupling. So the input shaft is 14mm, the output is 16mm and both ends of the flex coupling are 14mm. A 5/8” pulley was drilled out to 16mm with a countersink bit that was .005” under 16mm then finished up with a router bit that just by chance was exactly 16mm across the cutters. Honestly I didn’t expect the router bit to survive, but with lots of oil and a very slow feed rate it appears none the worse for wear. Drilling out one side of the flex coupling didn’t go as well since I tried to save a half hour and clamped it in the vice with a bored out piece of wood that was just too soft and it moved a bit over .008” which is too much runout for this type of coupler. We’re a little spoiled with a Grainger store about 5 minutes away - a new coupler already the correct dimensions is only about $10. For a motor that little consew servo will mount up very easy - if the front bearing retainer plate is just too thin and it craps out I won’t miss it much. To join the motor the threads are cut off the motor shaft, four mounting holes are drilled in the front case and it bolts together in a nice compact package. The world is so full of metric parts I almost ordered a set of drill bits, but instead wasted a couple of hours that would have paid for the new drill bits - it’s silly what we do to avoid having to wait two days for still makes me chuckle.
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    Juki 563

    ....and down the road if you ever want to sell it the one with reverse will be worth twice as much if all other things being equal.