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  1. Most likely I'll buy something off the rack for about 1.2k each. I was hoping to get 1 in black and one in brown. Perhaps one also in suede for a total of 2-3 jackets. I know sometimes models will go on a discount at the end of their life cycle so maybe I could spend significantly less. I would rather buy once and keep it for a while, hence why I want something simpler in design and color.
  2. Hi, I am looking to learn more about leather jackets and buy one for myself of higher quality. Any recommendations for leather jacket companies would be appreciated. I do want something simple in style and look without a lot of zippers/pockets. Either a moto/cafe racer style or with a small collar but still simple. I know Schott has been around for a while and they sometimes use Horween leather on some of their jackets. I do like the styling / fit of some of the more "fast fashion" / "modern fashion" companies like All Saints, Coach and Theory, but the leather to me doesn't feel the same.. and they provide very little info on their leather. I haven't felt the coach jackets in person yet so I should do that. A custom made jacket is also something I would consider but I'm not sure how much those would cost or the hit/miss of doing this remotely for a garment. Thank you
  3. I know there is a lot of discussion around top grain vs full grain , etc. But I was curious about what you guys have encountered with suede leather and if there is any real way to judge it's quality besides feel and look. I imagine there is also bonded suede but I'm not sure how to identify it. Mainly I am researching leather jackets for myself but also have always been curious about suede and learning more about it.
  4. Follow up questions: how are you doing your alignment for the placement of your magnets, do you have a webcam addon? Also, can you tell me more about the 3d printing reinforcing and how does that work, help? Thanks
  5. Great thanks for letting me know. I ended up getting a bofa filter and a fsl muse co2 laser too. I havent build an enclosure for my diode laser or cnc but hope to do that soon. noise is a concern for me but these seem reasonable so far. Havent been using the laser at all except for some small tests but its really cool. I have 2 3d printers that I also havent really used much but did make a test stamp which was kinda fun. I am not sure if the resin printer I have will be of much use for leather work but its incredible technology. I want to upgrade to a non toy cnc machine but that one will be one of the last few toys I get. I am pretty happy with everything I have. I really have too much already. I think I might try using acrylic to see how patterns might turn up on the laser. I do also have a little tiny vinyl cutter toy machine that might do paper/cardboard but not sure how well. Right now everything is still done for fun and curiosity for me but I have been thinking about the business side more and more and how to scale and automate.
  6. Great thanks. Do you over use left over splits from a hide as stiffener ? I read a while back that I should stay away from split leather so I don’t really buy it on its own but perhaps it’s valuable still? Or should I avoid it like bonded leather or do you think they have their uses? I am trying to stick to top/full grain for the most part but still fairly uneducated.
  7. Just wondering what you guys recommend I use if I ever want to make a backpack or bag more "structured" so it doens't just flop over. I've taken a few older mesh/fabric backpack apart and they seem to use foam? What material do you want to use for leather? Is foam also fine? Or would you recommend something else like "Stiffener"? Thank
  8. The hand wheel seems to be easier to turn now... not sure what changed. I am not sure what I should know about the motor break but I'd be curious to learn more. From techsew, their response on it: "motor brake, it’s built into the motor. When you release the pedal the motor should stop on it’s own.". Does that help?
  9. Tried without the belt, it's easier to turn, about what I would expect.
  10. I see now. It does have a speed reducer and it is connected to the motor. I will try later today without the motor connected.
  11. I am just setting up my Techsew 2600 and I'm in the process of setting everything up. In the instructions it says to turn the wheel counterclockwise by hand. I have a normal sewing machine and this turns very easily. Is this supposed to be very stiff and hard to turn? I guess that's just how an industrial sewing machine is supposed to be. I'm having a little hard time finding more detailed instructions in video form for this machine but I am looking up the 2700 videos to see if I can't learn more about it. If anyone has any good resources let me know. Also wondering what the little lever under the "Caution" yellow sticker is supposed to be used for? Thanks
  12. Just a quick update. The replacement parts arrived and I've put the table together and now it feels rock solid. It's a world of difference. It would have been a huge mistake to try to use the other parts. I will need be reading the manual to try to put this together this weekend. I haven't been able to find any video instructions on how to put this model together, if anyone has any tips let know. Thanks
  13. Great thank you. Not sure if it got missed but I did send a reply email last night to support@techsew.com (I added that I would need 5 parts, everything minus the bottom most cross bar where the pedal goes. I forgot to ask for some spare screws to attach the legs to the table since one or more might be slightly bent). The machine I am not sure is damaged or any other part since those probably require actual testing. Thanks again.
  14. I sure hope so. If only the steel parts are a problem that is a lot less worse than it looks I think... At this point, assuming each part is maybe $40 shipped to replace.. that's $200 for the two bottom legs, two top legs, and cross bar. Hopefully that's worst case. I guess I won't be getting the upgrade for the flat top since I'll need to replace these first (I meant to get that but it seems I didn't add it to my cart, only the servo reducer upgrade) :/. The top leg (the side with the really bad leg I removed) does seem to wobble a lot from side to side. I took it off too. Maybe the bottom screw is bent slightly or it's just not very sturdy to begin with. I could fill that hole with something and it might take the screw in better. Still need to investigate that further, perhaps it's just not as stable until it's all connected via the crossbar.
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