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    West va
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    Treadle machines, saddles/tack making and repair

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    Self Injury :-)
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    Landis #1 stitcher
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  1. Big Sioux (sorry I can't figure out how to easily do the multiple quote boxes like you did) Can I post the book here as a pdf? I've always been an internet "taker"....so time to be "giver" as the copy I have is very clear. I actually did the screwdriver method before I read that in the book...and I can adjust it easily when I do that. Too bad I scratched the knob stupid, stupid me! it's ok, but, really, I know better! I'll grab some scrap leather...even considering disassembly of a crappy western saddle to use the fender leather. I also do a lot of wool felting and fulling--to 1" or so...so it will be neat to see how it handles sewing hard wool to leather. Any idea of age based on SN 4843? The book says 1936, but I have letters from '25. I have about 13 needles! 10 size 2 and 3 size 3 I think, plus one that was in the machine when I got it. I'll send pics of the original packaging and these super neat letters from 1925 and 1940. I love knowing about where these machines were in their first lives! Interestingly enough, my first thought is that this old guy must have sold the useful ones, kept the singer for nostalgia, and parked the landis and champion in his basement and barn because they were likely missing parts, etc, thus boat anchors. I think I was very wrong....it seems maybe he kept his favorite ones? It's like he used them...and then time stopped. This is why they aren't rusty I guess. There appear to be no marks from inappropriate use. If the family parts with that Singer--I may need to sneak there in the dark of night as hubby is probably at his toleration point. (cast iron gear/cam based loom called the Weaver's Delight on the front porch...need I say more) Lord knows I'm crazy, but how much would I adore having the original burner that heated the boiler? Flames + cast iron machine = in my book. Seems like the ones I've seen pics of don't have that boiler attached at all. I guess that could give you more room for sewing cylindrical items though. Wizcrafts: so the needle would pierce the leather, dip into the wax pot below, and then go back up, correct? I did read the instructions for waxing the bobbin thread. Very interesting! I'm an avid hand spinner--wools, silks, etc,--but haven't tried linen although I do have a set up that should work for linen. NOW I'm considering doing a linen 2-ply just to see if I can do it. Even if I only did it once, it would be so neat to do it 100% the old way at least once. I'm a little surprised that waxed linen lasts that long. I do have some OLD OLD side saddles, and the panels are thin leather on top and linen on the "horse side." However, this linen fabric doesn't look linen at all--it looks like cotton ticking fabric. I'll look more carefully at what thread was on it, but the bobbin looks linen-ish to me. Same as what's in the Champion's top thread... I GREATLY appreciate the help and encouragement you guys are providing. I am probably considered a little young to do these crazy things (my family understands a little...anyone crazy enough to call me a friend thinks I'm nuts OR they are even weirder and want to play with the antique toys)...so the experience you guys have is so valuable to me. I am at that age where I realize that people can't nail 2 boards together...and most people have ZERO skills. Thus, I'm watching all of this expertise die away as people in their 80s and 90s all pass I didn't even realize there was a really old guy here in WV that passed last year...apparently, saddle maker for decades, and he had a Landis. We never know about these people until it's too late! This is why--to my hubby's dismay--that I do dedicate time to getting some of my equipment out at festival demos...especially my old sock knitter. Kids (and mostly men) love that crazy thing and love to watch it work...and at least the skill isn't entirely dead. I wish there was a festival for ALL of this stuff. I've always wanted a stitcher like this--and it just sort of happened. Now with my intense desire to ride side saddle again as an adult, and realizing I can't afford what I need AT ALL, I'm now down a very deep rabbit hole... I can't thank you guys enough! will try to get pics asap.
  2. Landis update and a boat load of questions herein: "She" and her champion companion are now home...much assistance needed from hubby and the farm tractor. All is well : ) I'll upload pics and will try to upload pics of interesting letters from 1925 and 1940 (orders from Landis) from the original owner. They are pretty cool. I also have the original manual, and have made a good quality copy of it. I'll PDF that and make it available for all as soon as the work copier decides to give in and send the file. So, the serial number is #4843. She came with two packs of original needles! One part is cracked, but I have an OK work around (it's the part labeled #14 if you have the head diagram) this cracked part leads me to ask WHY is that part 2 pieces instead of one piece? Why should it be able to pivot upwards? isn't it just for lifting the presser foot? As of last night, she got a good scrub with cleaner recommended by my machinist brother--simply had no choice because of grime--and was re-lubricated. I also spent a good amount of time getting the stitch length knob to cooperate with the spring and mechanism on the off side. I think it's finally ok, but I did scratch the knob with a set of vice grips :-( but didn't have much of a choice to get it moving. How easy should this turn? and should it be a "dial" versus "click" kind of adjustment--meaning you have incremental ability to adjust not just set "clicks" of stitches per inch? As I start to sew, likely starting tonight, what thread and fabric would you recommend as a first trial? heavy denim? don't really have scrap leather I want to sacrifice at this point. I have some thread that came with it, but will prob just hang on to that for nostalgic reasons. This brings me to another observation--the part #48 (boiler, complete) is full of bizarre black tar looking stuff. I can scrape it out with a screwdriver--and I'm assuming I should, right? it's almost glass like on the top, and black gooey blob underneath that. The champion: I've started the cleaning and oiling process and it cranks through as it should but will need some TLC and tweaking here and there. I actually think this thing may work! I would be so super happy if I managed to get it working. I have a few parts to go over of course, and the grime and grit on it is intense, so I will need to REALLY scrub it. The awl and hook from the bobbin side is still there. Looks like the bobbin assembly is too, but I need to read the book before I know how to correctly remove it. The thing is darn cool actually. It takes a lot of muscle to get it to turn and I only did it a few times after lubrication , but hopefully with proper cleaning it will be easier. Not sure how tight it should be since it's motor driven. Regardless, it's fun to see how it works!
  3. It's not with me yet...attached are photos. I'm 99% sure tbe shuttle was there when I first saw it (was distracted by picking up 8 antique side saddles), so I'm making sure shuttle is there. It has no rust thoughts appreciated
  4. Any thoughts on the champion? Going to take it also (package deal so he doesn't have to move them)
  5. I have one ..have had it for years but am just now putting it together. Can let you know in a week or so how it goes.
  6. The book was a 1936 year...will get serial number and report back :-) So I guess I'm not crazy for buying this, right?
  7. I've stumbled on to a Landis #1 and a champion peerless 30. The Landis is in amazing shape...the champion is packed with junk around it but it looks good too...not sure because there are so many machine parts to it to my eyes! I am near Amish country and Amish friends ao have a little help there most likely... I know the Landis needles may be difficult to find...so searching there and would appreciate help. I should also look to be sure the shuttle is there, correct? It was owned and maintained by a fastidious cobbler...and has been sitting well stored for a long time. It has the book too. I'm 99.9% certain the champion will be beyond me so it will be up for grabs...parts or whatever to save it from the dump. I'm a newbie....not to antique-made crafts, but, def to these machines for sure! Will greatly appreciate help in learning and in rehoming thr champion. The son of this cobbler (who has now passed on) also has a singer in unbelievable shape...but he's not prepared to part with it yet. If he does I'll pass that info on as I'm sure it will be out of my $ range. Thanks so much, Amanda in WV
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