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    Pinnacle, North Carolina
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    Canoe triipping, backpacking, climbing, cooking, "artisan" bread baking and good BBQ and fine woodworking and welding.

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    Just learning so.....who knows?
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    Sewing in general, sewing heavy fabrics, sewing leather straps and pads for packs.
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  1. Call Bob at the number at the bottom of his post..... Before I really found this site I cut a new cork disk from a larger disc for my Necchi with an Atlas clutch to replace the crumbling leather disc it used to have. It would have been a lot easier to have the correct disc in hand. Lance
  2. I'm far from an expert but I suspect that your machine is mechanically identical to the -25 etc except possibly for the length of some parts. The parts and operating manuals and the spec sheet are all linked on Consew's website: https://www.consew.com/View/Consew-Model-206RBL-25 Lance
  3. I have a former military knife and accessory roll from a field kitchen set. I'll dig it out today and post some pictures (I hope). It has pockets for everything from peelers to a sharpening steel and has leather blade covers that go into the knife pockets. Lance
  4. Hello from Pinnacle, NC. I'm a half hour north of Winston-Salem. Lance
  5. Thank, Wiz When I posted the post I got a message stating that there was a size limit of 1.46 MB. I'm a bit of a dinosaur with computers and would appreciate any advice as to what to do. I don't remember having photo loading issues in the past although I am using a new phone. If I'm reading things correctly the pictures are around 3 MB. EDIT: I'm still not getting notices of replies to the thread and don't see a way to check or change that. And is there a time limit to edits? I don't see a way to edit the post from last night. Best regards to all, Lance
  6. Well, I finally got back to the Consew 226R-2 and it turned out to have more issues than I had suspected. It had been set up with a Tennessee Attachments piping binder and pretty much every adjustment that could be monkeyed with had been. I got the new needle plate, dog, foot sets etc so today I got it put together and fully adjusted . The stitch length had been adjusted so it couldn't go lower than 9 stitches per inch in forward but would run at 4 SPI in reverse (the machine is supposedly 5 SPI max in either direction) so a search here set me straight on fixing that and getting them to match, I put in the new needle plate and dog in and adjusted the dog height, had to re-index the stitch indicator ring to match the actual stitch length, adjust the presser foot height etc. I cut a hunk of 840D nylon packcloth and used it to do the stitch length and tension final adjustments. I kept folding it and 16 layers later.... As I had hoped it would, the machine acts like it's not even there. Now that the machine is cleaned up it looks pretty good. It came from a state auction out of the North Carolina prison system and it has far less wear and tear than I would have expected. And late last month I got a Consew 227 cylinder bed machine that was correctly set up and running well. It'll be an interesting ride learning to sew on it while standing. Best regards to all, Lance
  7. And more info along those lines...... https://sharpeningmadeeasy.com/paper.htm Lance
  8. Yes, Belle, Constabulary hit it on the head. Although the 226R-1 has the same window as the Singer it's not used and while the adjustment on the 226R-1 is as shown in your last post but the idea is the same. I have the same machine and got it with the stitch length wheel mis-adjusted. I used needle punches into light card stock to be able to determine how many stitches per inch the machine was sewing, used the button to lock the shaft and then loosened the set screw you have indicated and aligned the correct setting on the adjusting wheel. Then a few lengths of stitches to confirm the setting was accurate showed that things were correctly set confirmed the setting. You'll need to hold the card stock (or fairly stiff paper) down as the needle withdraws so the needle drag doesn't move it but it's a lot easier to accurately measure holes in paper than some fabrics so hand turning the wheel may be best. Best regards to all. Lance
  9. Hi Don Sorry for the delay but for some reason I'm not getting notifications of new posts even though I just checked for the 5-6th time to ensure I should be getting them. It's very hit and miss. I think I've gotten, at most, two or three notifications so far to any thread. It has been instructive messing around setting the Consew up. I sit there with the parts manual and both the Consew and Singer instructions as neither is fully descriptive so that when a manual says to loosen the left side smoke shifter I can look to see what it looks like and where to find it. Kind of like learning to maintain M1 tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle turrets in about 1981 or 1982 when they started to deliver them to us before we had our turret mechanics re-trained from M60s (but without the same consequences of screwing something up). I got the new motor mounted, got the correct length belt, adjusted the bobbin winder and then found out that the inner presser foot I was sent had far too small of a hole in it to go over the "vibrating" presser bar. And the machine also has a raised throat plate and needs a flush one. I'm trying to figure out which of the oil wicks need replaced and whether I can even get to them short of a total disassembly. No worries though. I'm not losing any money due to the delays and I have more projects that have their own projects than any one guy should have. Speaking of smokers I've built some custom smokers, have four smokers now and have five propane tanks sitting in the edge of our woods awaiting their turn to become trailer mounted wood burning smokers. The hold up for them now is that I ordered and paid for a new Hypertherm plasma cutter around 24 April and it looks like it's still going to be on back-order for several more weeks. Ahh well, the size 69, 92 and 138 thread has arrived along with an assortment of needles and some other assorted bits and pieces so at least that stuff is in hand. Best regards to all, Lance
  10. Wally, I've been working through a similar machine, a Consew 226R-2 and the knee lifter was clunky on it, too. The machine came from a correctional institution although it wasn't beat up and didn't have the kind of use that I'd have anticipated. The lifter was harder to operate than I would have expected and wasn't at all as smooth as one would wish. I'm not even sure it was reaching full height. When I looked at it closer, the lifter was off center by a good bit and was pushing diagonally on the lift rod throughout it's range of motion. A look under the table revealed so many oversized and stripped out screw holes around the lifter that it was no wonder they couldn't properly position it. As a last resort before drilling them out and gluing in plugs of dowel I used 1/4" lag screws to put the lifter where it needed to go. And the lift rod on the machine had a roller tip attached with a set screw that was clocked perpendicular to the travel of the oval pad on the lifter. After that got turned 90 degrees and in line with the lifting pads travel and the arm for the pad was properly adjusted the whole thing is much smoother and now it requires maybe 1/2 to 2/3 as much force as before to raise the foot. The lifter has an adjustable length rod to eliminate any over-travel of the knee lift and the rod is too short so the knee lift lever can be pushed too far and put a lot of force on the machine's lift mechanism even when that's at full travel already. I will be replacing that rod with a longer rod to prevent abusing the machine by the knee pad arm traveling too far. I'm very much learning as I go and for me a little time laying on my back under the machine was very rewarding in reducing the effort needed and reducing the chances of damaging the machine. Best regards to all, Lance
  11. Thanks, Don I had checked umpteen thread suppliers and done Google searches but although I have an account at Big Duck I hadn't thought to check there. The price seems high but the choices for 92 weight OD thread are few and for 138 bonded poly OD thread they seem pretty much non-existant so I ordered some bonded nylon. I just picked up a belt for the new motor, have needles and thread inbound and have some 10oz and 15oz duck in the dryer after pre-washing it to reduce shrinkage later so I hope to be tinkering with the Consew this weekend. I have basting tape for both canvas and smoother fabrics and it has come in handy before, especially for felled seams and such. I notice Frost River claims their packs are 18oz waxed canvas while Duluth uses 15oz plain canvas (duck?). I wonder if the 18oz from Frost River was 15oz before treatment or if it was 18oz which would likely make its 18-20oz now? Looking at the Frost River, Cooke Custom Sewing and the Duluth packs as points of reference offers enough of a menu of ideas to keep me busy for a while just making some practice sub-assemblies and tinkering with nuances of layouts. I need a pack the rides lower than usual in order to be able to carry a canoe so shoulder straps need to be higher on the pack body than usual. Which argues for a deeper or wider pack than a taller pack so it sits low in the canoe to keep the center of gravity low. And, for my purposes, plain duck would probably be better than waxed as the pack is going to be sitting in whatever water is in the canoe and the contents will be in waterproof bags as needed so a pack that will dry out faster is needed and I suspect that a waxed canvas pack, like coated packcloth will hold water inside it longer. And the ideas keep coming. At some point the good idea train will have to leave the station so I can make a few packs.... When are you coming to the OBX and are you going to do anything useful while you're here like crabbing or fishing? Best regards to all, Lance
  12. Yes, it's for welting/piping. For now it will come off and go in the tool chest that has my extra sewing things in it. Best regards, Lance
  13. Thanks, Don To date, I've been buying my canvas and duck from Canvas Etc in Auburn, Georgia. I've used their 10oz duck and #10/15oz duck on a few things. They have #10/15oz duck in colors on sale at $9 a yard (59" wide) and #8/18oz duck in colors at only $8.75. The #8 is available in olive drab and the #10 isn't and, at least for the first couple of projects, I wanted OD so that's what I'll order. Yesterday I pretty much decided to run with 92 or 138 bonded polyester in the 226R. And with the #8/18oz duck I'd rather use the heavier 138 thread anyway. If I can find OD thread..... I found bonded nylon but so far at least, I'm striking out on polyester. The new servo motor and feet bought from Cowboy Bob for the Consew are supposedly out for delivery in a UPS truck so I'll be hoping to be sewing on it by the weekend. And I haven't taken off and checked the tension disks so I'll do that this AM. Now to order some rivets, burrs, setters, roller buckles etc...... Best regards, Lance
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