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    Miami Florida and Cookeville TN
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    Have a nice Singer 111W153 but looking for 111w155. I make working dog equipment and toys .

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    Dog Training Equipment
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    Working on My machine and trouble shooting leather sewing issues
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  1. Looks great! Plus its nice that you made a straight edge guide to switch out when needed. Good job! Can you give a close up shot with the guide down so we can see the feed dogs?
  2. I'm interested in this too. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I'm all ears! I have also noticed the screw hole is pretty big. Edit: I just found this - I think it will help some... I htin
  3. MtBiker, Thank you for your advice. This little clone is just like the Sailrite LSZ1. But as expected it is made with poor quality pot metal, even the working parts. I have replaced a ton of the parts with Sailrite parts and she sews nicely, except for the reverse being small. I might just have to live with that. I have owed a proper Sailrite brand LSZ1 and there is SUCH a difference in the quality of the machine. I would advise all to --- avoid these clones. They are frustrating money pits. The only reason I have this is I bought it for $20 at a yard sale...(thinking, wow what a deal!) I have pumped hundreds of hours fixing the darn thing (over and over) and MANY hundreds of dollars in replacing parts. She at this point is a keeper.
  4. kgg, Thank you for the links for the Sailrite Fabricator, unfortunately, unless I'm missing something, my machine the LZ1, and the Fabricators mechanics are different. Bummer. I wish I could use that resource. I will fiddle around with the other link you sent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z93bfzwAHP4 and get back to you. In the mean time ... Does anyone else have this problem? How did you fix it?
  5. Hi guys, I hope you can help. I have a Sailrite LZ1 clone that I picked up in a yard sale for $20 US. Couldn't resist. Its green and looks like the old Thompson machines. It however has all the bells and whistles of the LZ1. The problem I'm having is that the REVERSE stitch (at its greatest length) is about half the length of the forward stitch. Has anyone come across this? Is there a way to remedy this?
  6. KKG, Thank you for the well made little stitch length guide. It fits my little yard sale find LZ1 clone perfectly. Love it, and it was a breeze to put on my machine. Keep up the good work and keep coming up with these cool ideas.
  7. Hey kgg, Just a heads up - I went to your web site www.warlockdesigns.com and this is what showed up "Welcome to Nopper Tollers!" Its a Dog breed site. You might want to check on that. Let us all know when this is straightened out... I'm rather interested in your stitch length regulator. Cheers
  8. Just wanted to share a find of a supplier of good oiler felts for your machines. I bought the "sample kit" --- Industrial Felt Samples - 1/8" 1/4" 1/2" Thick from the Felt Store. (Each block is 3x3in.) and costs only $9.00! https://thefeltstore.com/collections/samples-all/products/f-5-industrial-felt-samples I bought the medium hardness and thought it was just right, but they do have a "firm" if you need that. I used a hole cutter to get the exact size I needed for each of my oil wells. Looks good and works even better :>) Plus I have plenty left over for the future. Hope this is helpful to some of you.
  9. Could you include a photo of your page 5? I'm thinking that if it is like my Singer 111, there is a Tiny tiny little oil felt inside the edge of the bobbin case. You might have "cleaned" it out thinking it was dust/dirt like I did.
  10. Well I just perused the files and found the Toledo Industrial Sewing Machine Parts link and it is fantastic. Ive ordered the Vibrating Presser Bar Extender and Spring for only $8 each. Nice score! The only things I cant seem to find are the two missing screws. Any thoughts? Anyone have measurements available?
  11. Wizcraft, Ahhh , maybe I'm not getting it right. I figured that when I raise the foot by using the lever on the back and measured the distance between the feeddog plate and the bottom of the foot, that was it..... That 5/16ths measurement was the thing that informed me that my machine was not a 111w155, or so I think. Is the lift supposed to be measured another way? LOL I'm being hopeful here. Id love or this thing to be a 155. Well another glitch has hit me along the way. This is a bummer. While cleaning the nose I noticed that I'm missing the bar and spring that goes under the thumb screw to raise or lower the pressure on the middle walking foot. How critical is this, and how hard is it to replace? Or even, is it possible to find one? Anyone parting out a machine have one of these? The part numbers for the missing piece are.... 240185 Extension with 240264 Set Screw and 240186 Collar, and lastly the spring that goes over it # 240188 I have posted a photo of the nose of my machine with the missing part area highlighted and a page from the 155 schematic (page 17) Is it possible to make one? If so could someone send me the specs on the bar and spring? (I'd be way happier to buy on from a part-out machine :>) I also noticed the there are 2 missing set screws under the machine, and have posted a photo of where they are located. Anyone have any of these laying around ? Or does anyone have specks on the size, thread count and pitch of the thread. ?
  12. Thank you Chrisah, Ive seen this before but it's good, but still doesn't answer the question of how to tell them apart. Visually on the outside I THINK they are exactly the same. But is there something under or inside that will tell me is it is a 152 or 153? How does one tell if it is heavy duty or for lighter work. Is the main shaft thicker? Are the cogs/gears bigger?
  13. Wyowally and 327fed thank you for your replys I will look into the manuals you mentioned. And yes, last week I joined the group "Vintage Industrial Sewing Machines" that you mentioned. I will take a look at those files, thank you for reminding me. Also I'm relived to know that there are machines that are very similar. That will make research on repairs much easier. But now I have to say, after fiddling around with the machine a bit more I'm convinced that it is NOT a 155 but maybe a 152 or 153. The reason is the the presser foot when lifted is only 5/16th high....Of course it was sold to me as a 155 :>( .... and the badge is missing of course...and the serial number has been removed. (There is a handwritten number on the top that says “111w155”, which I'm sure is totally meaningless, lol) So obviously when it was sold to me and the guy before me as a 155 it was a ruse. Bummer, BUT if it is a 153 I will not be TOO bummed, but if it is a 152; I will not be happy at all; since I hope to be sewing 10 to 12oz (or thicker if possible) vegetable tanned leather. Hmmm, So that brings me to how to tell the difference. The 152 and the 153 both have a maximum stitch length of 5 and a foot height of 5/16ths and as far as I can tell they both look alike. SO, how do I tell the difference between a 152 and a 153? Is there any other defining attribute between the two machines? Anybody out there have any insight about this dilemma?
  14. Thank you Northmount. I looked all over for the machine section to post in and couldn't find it. I'll keep looking. Also thank you Wiz for your advice I will get right to that. So far so good, I love this machine. I bought it on Facebook for 450. and it was a filthy mess. Took 3 days to get it cleaned up and oiled. Still need to switch out the felts and wicks. Anyone have a resource for felts and wicks before I start monkeying with it? Im hoping that this sweet little thing will be my answer for sewing leather tug toys for working dogs.
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