Hi all,Stewart from the Uk here,finally registered after my last 1 million google searches ended up here
Up until now my main hobby has been carbon fibre,been dabbling with it for about 15 years and thats how I ended up here...you see I got bored of telling people I couldnt do carbon steering wheels so I looked into it and realized the carbon bit was no different to what I already did but it seems most people who do that dont offer to reupholster the leather on the wheel..how hard can it be i figured,so obviously I needed a sewing machine..
I bought an old singer 99k and it just about did the job but I tend to get frustrated quickly by tools that limit me so after many hours researching walking foot machines I finally picked up a seiko LSW-8BL for what I felt was a good price,£250, and have spent the last week getting to grips with it and understanding the mechanics of it,my day job is repairing industrial frying/packaging machines so am fairly comfortable with this.
Turns out the clutch motor is just too crazy for me despite a a few tweaks,longer control arm,it already has a 50mm pulley so I now have a G60 servo and needle positioner on the way lol
So i completed my first wheel and new leather using Cechaflo's incredibly useful vidoes,came out great and am just about to start 3 more but will be using the seiko as the singer stitch length was just too short.
I have many questions but am slowly answering them myself with the search,so much info on here im sure they have all been asked before..
Now that have the machine im looking at other options I can use it for,im enjoying working with leather and finding it far less stressful than carbon lol.
A few pics,thanks all