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  1. I'll give it a shot on the next handle I make. I generally don't crease the handles, but I'll play with it. Thanks
  2. Your results are impeccable, but why crease after painting? I usually crease first, apply first layer, burn it down, sand, apply more layers, sand, etc ..
  3. In other words, brushless vs brushed. I see the FS being recommended here often, but why? Is it just tradition (it just works and always has) or is it really a better performer? I'm unclear what the pros and cons between the two motors are. Can the brushless go slower with more torque, or vice versa? More control? Price and warranty aside, why is one better than the other? Thanks
  4. Also note if you buy it through eBay there's a built in 6 month return policy. Doesn't matter if the seller states "no returns accepted." Just don't pay in cash.
  5. Over here, those singers go for around $650-700 for the head in nice aesthetic (and presumably functional) condition. You're not missing out on a slick deal if you pass. I've been machine shopping for a bit over a month and passed on two of them.
  6. That's very sketchy. The equivalent of "you may not test drive my car before purchasing because the mechanic just changed the oil and spark plugs." Will the guy at least do a sewing demonstration himself with your thread and material? If he won't let you test drive, is he providing a warranty? Personally, I'd tell him to kick rocks.
  7. tofu

    Looking for a 111w155 or equivalent (NYC)

    That 211 is a solid deal. Even the paint is in good condition. I e-mailed the 206rb guy already a while ago asking if there are any apparent problems (since it's a 2 hour drive), but didn't get a reply. On the bright side, I just found a Adler cylinder in PA for a steal of a price. I don't want to say too much for obvious reasons, but i'm going to see it soon . Thanks Tony!
  8. tofu

    Looking for a 111w155 or equivalent (NYC)

    No, I'm looking for a local machine so I don't have to pay 40% of its value in crated shipping costs. Hence my thread title. Unfortunately, it seems the thread has gone sour. I'll just continue my search on the usual channels. Thanks
  9. tofu

    Looking for a 111w155 or equivalent (NYC)

    Please take it to private messaging. Rather not have my thread derailed
  10. tofu

    Pfaff 545 H-3

    Double boxing is key. Make sure everything in the interior box is tight. If the object moves around, it's going to pulverize anything you used as padding. If all you have are flimsy boxes, make sure to fold and attach extra cardboard to the sides for reinforcement. Crating is the best option of course, but it really drives the labor and cost of shipping up -- sometimes it just isn't worth it unless the customer insists. Always purchase insurance.
  11. tofu

    Looking for a 111w155 or equivalent (NYC)

    still looking for a local machine. Cheers
  12. tofu

    Pfaff 545 H-3

    Double box it and use UPS. I ship heavy espresso machines that are far more fragile and they arrive fine.
  13. Sounds like you more or less end up with the same result. Working on a budget, if the larger wheel fits, it seems to be the better alternative. As far as how slow I want it, I've seen some videos where the user is able to control the machine throughout the entire needle movement, not just 1 tap per stitch. This level of control seems like it would make it easier to sew small intricate shapes, which is something I do. The alternative is just spinning the wheel by hand. Thanks for the info everyone. Best, Chris
  14. Speed reducers aren't cheap and they take up a lot of space. From what I understand, it's just a smaller pulley turning a larger pulley. Please correct me if i'm wrong. What would the difference be between using the speed reducer or just slapping a 3x larger pulley/flywheel directly to the machine? Do you not get the torque multiplication? Does it stress the servo more than the alternative? It seems large pulleys with proper bore sizes are readily available for under $50, while speed reducers are around $100-120. One could even 3d print a pulley out of nylon if he or she were so inclined. Best, Chris