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  1. Like the old saying " Someone's trash is another's treasure." kgg
  2. The quality of thread can play an important part in any stitch as well as the needle. You didn't mention what size of needle you are using. If the your needle is poor quality / damaged or incorrect size for the thread and or the thickness of material you are going have problems. If the quality of the thread is poor then you are going to have problems. I would check the following chart as a starting point in selecting a needle for a particular thread size. Example: V138 needs a #22 or 23 needle but in thick / sticky material you may have to move up to a #24 needle. I think your Class 26 is a clone of the older Juki LS-341 who rated their machine for a #24 needle for V138 in thick materials not what size of thread can fit through the eye of the needle. www.tolindsewmach.com/thread-chart.html I would replace the needle and replace the spool of thread with a brand name products like Schmetz needles and A&E thread both of which can be had from companies like wawak.com. Also note that there have been a lot of problems associated with the 8 ounces size spools of no name brand sewing thread. kgg
  3. If I'm not mistaken: i) Techsew 4800 is a clone of the Juki LS-1342 costing about $ 2300 takes a #18 to #24 needle ii) Juki 1341 costs about $ 5000 takes a #18 to #24 needle manufacturer rated for V138 iii) I am assuming you meant Juki DSC-246 not Juki DS-246 costs about $ (unknown) takes an #18 to #23 needle manufacturer rated for V92 thread iv) Alder 669 costs about $ 5000 sewing thread manufacturer rated for up to V138 v) Parts and accessories for Juki and Juki clones are more available and less expensive then those for Alder machines. Please note the price I have shown doesn't factor in the cost of shipping or anything else. Since this is going to be an expensive purchase find a dealer, even if it means doing a road trip, and do a sewing test run with your items using the thread you want to use. Remember two things: 1) no one machine will do everything 2) BY ONCE, CRY ONCE kgg
  4. The article dikman has suggested is an excellent starting point to help you narrow down your needs. If you need a walking foot with zigzag and your budget doesn't stretch to the portable walking foot Sailrite LSZ-1 then the only options that I know of are i) the used market market for either a used portable walking foot Sailrite LSZ-1, ii) used market for an industrial machine similar to the Consew 146 or iii) a new portable LSZ-1as there are a number of options like the Reliable Barracuda, Consew, Kobe, Rex, to name a few. Be aware that the portable walking foot machines are rated for V92 thread and were made to do repairs to sails. The zigzag feature is a nice add on but you could really open up your buying and machine options if this wasn't a must have for your type of sewing needs. kgg
  5. The price maybe right but getting parts well that maybe questionable / expensive. If you can stretch your budget a bit I would look at the Tippman Boss for $1000 US. If you need parts they are readily available and if decide you need to later on move to a motorized machine you should be able to get most of your money back. kgg
  6. I would suggest trying to add a secondary reservoir air tank alongside your skiver setup to extend the time interval that your air compressor kicks in. How big is your existing compressor tank, size of compressor motor and how long before you empty the tank before the compressor kicks in?? kgg
  7. The Techsew 2750 is a clone of the older Juki LS-341 machine. The following link is to the page which shows "Adjusting the relationship between the feed dog and the needle bar" at the every bottom of the page. https://www.manualslib.com/manual/917750/Juki-Ls-341n.html?page=10#manual kgg
  8. A couple of quick notes for when you decide to order and the your machine arrives. 1. Have a second person to help you pickup, unpack, move, lift and place the machine. 2. Industrial sewing machines are heavy and clumsy to handle by oneself whether they are brand name or clone. Example: i) Juki DU-1181N head alone weights in at ------- 31 kg (~68.3 lbs ) ii) Juki DNU-1541 S head alone weights in at ---- 36.5 kg (~80.5 lbs ) iii) Juki LS-1341 head alone weights in at ---------- 37.5 kg (~82.7 lbs ) iv) Juki TSC-441 head alone weights in at --------- 56 kg (~114.6 lbs ) 3. They probably are going to have packing oil over their surfaces so they are also going to be slippery also. Clean all oil off before trying to move or lift them once they are out of the shipping box. 4. Cylinder bed machine and patchers are nose heavy and always wants to tip over until you get a couple of mounting bolts into the rear of the base and table. 5. Since shipping to your location is so outrageous I would suggest either building a table or getting a used industrial table locally. A industrial sewing table is going to be 1.2 m L x 0.5 m W (48"L x 20"W ) and with the weight of a motor weight in probably around the 35 kg mark. kgg
  9. The prices they have quoted are nuts. Portable Walking Foot Machines: The Reliable Barracuda 200ZW sells for $579 US in North America and the Consew CP206RL sells for $549. These portable zig zag walking foot machines can be had from from China (without the name tag) for even cheaper off of places like Aliexpress. Those sellers would probably quote shipping to Dubia. Of the machines that you were quoted on what I think would work for your small items would be the portable walking foot machines. They may need some small modifications to the pressor foot and feed dog to do thin linings. The Sailrite portable walking foot is a better quality machine but comes at a much higher price tag. Those portable walking foot machines originally were made to repair sailboat sails while at sea. The other three you were quoted on are drop feed machines that would be best suited for your linings and the Juki TL-2000Qi is not a walking foot machine. For your linings you would be better off getting a used vintage Singer 99k type / style machine. A lot of these domestic manual sewing machines can be purchase from India if you can't find one locally. Remember no one machine will do everything. That is why a lot of us have a few different types (flatbed / cylinder bed / patchers / portable walking foot / etc) of machines with varying capabilities. I would suggest starting out with either a domestic sewing machine or a walking foot machine like the Juki DU- 1181N to do your linings and to learn on would be a wise move before jumping into the more capable machines. kgg
  10. The first one you listed is a cylinder bed machine while the other two are flatbed machines. If you can afford a Juki and need / want a cylinder bed then seriously consider a Juki 1341 or a used 341. If a flatbed is what you need / want then buy the Juki 1541 but you should be looking at the Juki 1541"S" model which has a safety clutch. The cost difference is probably less then $100 but could save you an expensive repair if you jam up the machine. The 4-5mm thickness in leather would be approximately 12 - 13 oz and your 10mm would be equal to approximately 24 oz. I think if you want the ability to sew at 10mm or above consistently you probably should consider looking at cylinder bed machines in the Juki 441 ($10K) class and clones ($4k) and for flatbed machines in the Juki 1508 or better. Those machines are going to well exceed you $2,000 budget so that really only leaves the one arm bandits (Cowboy Outlaw ($1400), Tippman Boss ($1000), Master Tool Cub($2000)). kgg
  11. You never mentioned the size of the thread or the size of needle you are using. You may have to move up a size larger needle. I would replace the needle anyway first. kgg
  12. A couple of quick notes: i) the top thread should be thread through the top hole in the top guide pin where you thread through the top hole and around so the thread comes out the bottom hole in the top thread guide pin ii) the spool of top thread should be placed so you have 2 1/2 times the height of the spool from the base of the spool to the thread stand guide arm hole. This will allow for better unwinding of thread from the thread spool. iii) Avoid having the thread stand guide arm hole too high so not to create a steep angle to the thread guide pin. The closer you can get it to being on a horizontal line to the thread guide pin the better. iv) If I'm not mistaken your machine is rated for a max needle size 100 (#16). A #16 needle is good for V69 thread. Using needles and larger sized thread may cause problems depending on the thickness / type of material being sewn and the hook to needle clearance. kgg
  13. That is a really nice useful item. Excellent work. kgg
  14. My first check would be to remove the needle and see if it then allows a smooth revolution by hand-wheeling. If so the needle is rubbing up against something. Have you: oiled the machine, removed the bobbin and checked to see there is no old thread wrapped around under the basket or noticed any signs of parts rubbing? A couple of photo's maybe helpful. kgg
  15. From your sketch I would say it is a British Standard 3870 class 2 lapped seam. Look at the 2.05.02 in the Coats Reference Guide to Different Seam Types under Numerical Designations of Seam Types ( www.coats.com/en/information-hub/Seam-Types ) or ( www.coats.com/-/media/Coats/Information-Hub/Seam-Types_tcm35-155172.pdf?rev=ab977c6d9977486f8312d07387f20bf3 ) for a better / clearer view of the seam types. I would suggest changing to a 2.02.01 or for more strength a 2.04.01 that way you should be able to get an attachment to do the seam in one pass. I agree but not surprised at what the seller is suggesting. Speed reducer either by replacing the hand-wheel or an intermediate speeder reducer between the motor and the existing hand-wheel probably costs less then $200 or put an EFKA servo motor on for $1000 plus. I agree with Wiz that a good start would be to replace the existing servo motor with a good old fashion analog brush motor with the speed rheostat for about $150. My opinion is follow the KISS way, analog servo motor, drive belt, sewing machine. Once you put electronic controls in for the drive motor and needle positioning there are more things to go wrong. I don't use speed reducers, needle positioner's or electronically controlled servo motors on any of my machines. If I needed to lower the sewing speed I would seriously consider installing an intermediate speeder reducer but if I needed to add a speed reducer to get extra punching torque I would say I am using the wrong machine for the job. kgg
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