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  1. I am new to using sewing machines and have an issue with corners not being held tight. I'm assuming it's a tension issue possibly but I'm not sure. I figured someone here will know exactly what the problem is. I'm using a Cobra Class 26 cylinder arm machine, 138 thread, 24 needle.
  2. Hello! I purchased a leather sewing machine about 4 years ago and it came with a brand new COBRA TN-400 servo motor. I haven't used the machine basically since i purchased it but now I cannot get the motor to turn, no matter what I try. All the info I have is how to change the speed and rotation of the motor The motor will not spin on any of the settings No wires are loose inside the motor Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  3. •King Cobra 4-25 Premium Package with all accessories. No positioning system. $4,250 •Cobra Class 3P Premium Package with all accessories. No positioning system. $2,800 •Weaver Master tool hand operated strap cutter $1,750 All machines are new and have never been used. I bought them a few years ago with the intention of making lots of things but that did not happen and I had to move them into a storage unit a couple of months ago. I also have a Cobra Mp Burnisher with stand that is for sale $475 and a Master tool EZ edge strap beveler $300. These two pieces I would like to sell with a sewing machine as a set. I tested them so I cannot say they are new. Everything is available for local pick up in Los Angeles/Orange County. Thank you so much for looking
  4. MAINTENANCE AND TIPS FOR THE COBRA CLASS 3, 4, & KING COBRA, PRO 2000, ARTISAN TORO 3000, 3200,4000, Cowboy 3500, 4500, TECHSEW 5100, SEW PRO 44L, KINGMAX, MASTER LOCK, JUKI 441. AND OTHER 441 STYLE MACHINES Thread 1) Make sure that the thread you are using is not dry, old, or damaged by the elements. Keep thread in a plastic bag to help protect it. Make sure that the thread does not untwist, if so, then the bonding agents have evaporated or weren't very good to begin with. Threading 2l Make sure that your machine is threaded correctly. Breaking thread, skipping, fraying the thread, and tension problems will occur if your machine is threaded incorrectly. Take up lever 3) The take up lever has 2 functions: to give the thread enough slack so the hook can carry the thread around the bobbin case, and, after the hook releases the thread, allows the thread to pull up into the leather. Check spring 4) The check spring maintains tension on the thread as the take up lever returns to the top position. Needles 5) The needle must be installed correctly. Make sure that the long groove is on the left, and the scarf is on the right. Needles are tempered, so after usage, they lose their temper and become weak. A weak needle will bend or break easier after losing its temper. When the needle breaks, it could cause damage to the presser foot, needle plate, feed dog, or shuttle hook, so make sure that you change your needle every 12 hours of actual sewing. Also, make sure that you use the correct size needle for the thread and thickness of leather that you are using. lf you are using too big of a needle, then at times, the thread will travel up and down inside the hole that the needle punched resembling a tension problem. lt is all relative. The heavier the leather, the heavier the needle and thread. The lighter the leather, the lighter the needle and thread. Tensions 6) The thickness of the leather that you are sewing will dictate the amount of tension that you will need. You should loosen the tensions for lighter leather. Your tensions work in conjunction with each other, so you should loosen or tighten both tensions when adjusting them. You should never loosen or tighten more than 1 full turn at a time. lf you run into a problem with your tension and you are not sure which way to turn or you just can't seem to get your tension back where they were, then it is time to recalibrate them. This is a simple task. To re-calibrate your tensions, remove both knurled tension nuts completely, then put them both back on the machine until they just come in contact with the tension spring and stop. Sew a test piece. You will probably find that the stitch is toose, but this is what we want. You are now able to adjust your tension by tightening them both 1 turn at a time untilthe stitch pulls up. You may also experience bobbin tension problems. lf you have tightened the bobbin tension as far as you can, and stillthere is not enough tension (the bobbin thread is visible on top of the leather), you may have to clean out under the bobbin case spring. After hundreds of yards of thread pass under the bobbin case spring, microscopic fibers of thread, along with leather dust and other debris, start to collect under the bobbin case spring causing the spring to spread and give false tension. lf this is the case, then you will have to remove the spring, clean out the debris, and may have to bend the spring to put more pressure on the thread which will give you more tension and allow you to be able to adjust your bobbin tension as well. You may have to purchase a new bobbin case spring if re-shaping your existing spring does not work. Shuttle Hook 7) lt is very important that your shuttle hook is in excellent condition. lf your hook has burrs, or scratches, then you must buffthem offto make your hook smooth again so the thread will pass over the hook with ease. lf your thread is fraying, then a burr is most likely the problem. The thread will pass over the burr and then get caught, causing a couple of the strands to break. You should run your finger nail over the top, sides, under, and at the point of the hook when feeling for burrs. The shuttle hook travels in the race assembly. You should clean out the race assembly frequently. The race assembly must be clean, smooth, and oiled to assure the best sewing results. Needle Deflector 8) The needle deflector is located in the shuttle hook area. lt actually deflects the needle to protect the point of the hook. The needle will brush against the deflector moving the needle slightly to the left of the point of the hook. lt also keeps the needle straight, assuring that the loop made by the thread is consistent. Presser Feet Timing 9) Both Presser Feet should rise to the same height as they alternate walking. The procedure to assure that your presser feet are walking correctly is to turn the hand wheel towards you until the point of the needle is even with the plate or feed dog. At this time both presser feet should be down. The needle, and both presser feet should meet at the plate or feed dog at the same time. lf this is not the case, then loosen the adjusting screw and make the adjustment. The adjusting screw is located on the far right side on the back of the machine. lt is an Allen Head screw. Presser Feet Height 10)The presser feet height is determined by what you are sewing. For the most part, the height is set at medium to high. This will allow most applications to feed (whether thick or thin) without getting caught on the feet and impeding the motion of the feed system. lf you are manufacturing one item, like belts, where the thickness is constant, then you would set the height to accommodate the belts thickness. This adjustment is in the back of the machine, and is sometimes referred to as the "banana slide" adjustment. Hook Timing 11)To set the timing for the hook, first remove the needle plate and in some cases, the feed dog. This will allow you maximum vision. Set the stitch length to zero. Put a new needle in the machine. Raise the presser feet to the up position. Turn the hand wheel towards you untilthe needle is in the lowest position. Continue to turn the hand wheel untilthe needle comes up 3/16" , this measurement is critical. At this time, the point of the hook should be even with the needle and approximately 1/8" above the eye of the needle, and in the scarf of the needle as well. To adjust the shuttle hook, remove the round cover plate on the front of the machine located in the lower right hand side. After removing the cover plate, look inside the machine and you will find the black Allen Head bolt that holds the hook driving shaft. You may have to turn the hand wheel to get a better view of this bolt. Loosen the bolt and you will be able to physically turn the shuttle hook while it is in the machine. Turn the shuttle hook to the correct setting, 1/8" above the eye and then tighten the bolt. This may take more than one try. Tip: A quick way to check if your machine is out of time is to lower the needle. Just above the screw that holds the needle in place, is a hole that you can look into and see the top of the needle. Loosen the screw, then drop the needle until it covers half of the hole and try sewing. lf the machine sews properly, then you will have to advance the shuttle hook about 1/32" .lf it still does not work, the lower the needle again, until the top of the needle is even with the bottom of the hole, and then try again. lf this corrects the problem then you will have to advance the shuttle hook about 1/16". lf your machine still does not sew properly, then retime your machine based on the instructions above. These adjustments may vary depending on the machine. These instructions offered in this tutorial may not be absolute, because there are other factors that could come into play, but are a good starting point. Thank you, Steve For more info, please call: Leather Machine Co., lnc. 1-866-962-9880
  5. Hello Everyone, Here is a link to the first video in the Cobra Class 4 video series. Hope this helps and each week a new video gets posted. Setting up your Cobra Class 4 Sewing Machine
  6. Built my first backpack. Completely stitched on a Ta-king 29-18. With American alligator from the man I’ve looked up to for the last 30 years, Mr. John Fong. Pretty cool to build something with exotics that I got from the man I followed long before social media, every two months hoping he had a piece in the LC&SJ. I read everything he wrote, and put it to work. It’s paid off for me for the last 30 years, and keeps my lead times long. Big thanks for the skills you lernt me Mr. Fong, see you in San Fran soon…
  7. Had a few pieces of equipment in storage hoping to open shop again but we're moving out of state and it's easier to sell than take with. Selling both a Cobra NP-4 & Cobra NP-10 Dual Feed skivers. Great shape, plenty of life left on the bell knives, servo motors for quiet, controlled use. Cobra NP-4 - $875 Cobra NP-10 Dual Feed - $1,000 Located in Dallas, TX. Will not ship. Also selling, Kwikprint 86 and Kwikprint 64 Heat Presses, Consew 206-RB sewing machine
  8. Selling my Cobra class26 with flat bed attachment and flip down roller guide. Local pickup in Whidbey Island, WA or delivery to pretty much any part of western Washington. Comes with original manuals, foam molded shipping box for the head, and some 138 and 207 thread in brown, tan, and black
  9. Garyak

    Cobra 29-18

    Picked up a cobra 29-18 from LMC. Couldn’t be happier with the machine or the service throughout the sale. Delivered without a scratch…
  10. looking for any hands on experience with the cobra class 29-18. I know of no one who’s purchased one. For what it cost, it should come with a real live cobra too.
  11. Looking to see if anyone is selling a Cobra Class 18 (preferably) or a class 20. Located near Iowa would be fantastic otherwise would need to ship. Wanted to check if any are for sale before I would look at buying new.
  12. VERY lightly used Cobra Class 29-18 patching machine for sale. Rotating walking pressor foot. Probably less than 1000 stitches on it. Stand and servo motor included. We bought the machine new maybe 2 years ago didn't fit our operation. Like new condition. Asking $2,200. Athens, GA area.
  13. Hey everyone, bought a Cowboy hand crank splitter, nope, living in South Africa nobody has Cobra and Landis you do not find often. Got the machine, no instructions, not set up properly. What I need to know is where to set the blade in relation to the infeed wheels, cannot get this sucker working, if money were no object I would get the Cobra. Need to get this sorted. Here is a cross cut view of what I need to know. Can anyone give me perhaps a drawing of where the blade should ideally sit in relation to the infeed rollers and relative height! Please, soo frustrated, if it was lighter I would have thrown it out of the window by now! Sorry about the artwork.
  14. As little as two years ago, there was a significant lower price incentive for buying Cowboy sewing machines over comparable model Cobra sewing machines. Now that the price of Cowboy sewing machines have jumped up, they are virtually the same price as their comparable Cobra model sewing machines. So my question is: Is there any benefit of buying a Cowboy sewing machine over a Cobra sewing machine? Example Cowboy CB3500 ($2,595 at time of writing) vs Cobra Class 3 ($2,635 at time of writing). To me, for $40 more, why not go with the Cobra. I'd love to know thoughts either way.
  15. I have a Consew 225 I’m willing to trade/part trade for the right deal. It comes with a servo motor, larger head unit pulley/smaller servo pulley for ultra slow speed. I just want something newer. I’m located in SW Washington.
  16. I would love some advice on how/where to sell a leather sewing machine. I'm closing my business (never really got off the ground) and I have a Cobra Class 26 that I need to sell. Much appreciated, Luanne
  17. I'm coming along- wouldn't consider myself a newbie but far from a master. I've been punching size 207 and 277 pretty consistently through my Cobra C4 machine with good luck thus far. I am getting ready to put in an order with Weaver and want to make sure I get everything I need in order to take advantage of their best buy pricing and free shipping... it pays to put in those big quarterly orders. I have been purchasing Nylon thread by the pound from Weaver My question is... has anyone had luck with Tiger thread through 22/24/26 size needles? I don't currently use Tiger thread but have heard that it is really high quality. Can anyone attest to this? My concern is the "Lightly waxed" bit... will this gum up my rollers/ thread guides/ needle bar? What do I need to know- if anything- about this whole "Braided Polyester" business? Does is sew differently than Nylon? Would the size 207 nylon be size .5mm tiger? 277? Primarily, I am interested in the large availability of colors. I guess I should add- I make mainly tack so heavy/ thick stuff generally doulbled up HO Harness or Latigo but I have been making a lot of belts/ chaps etc and have been looking to invest in another machine more capable of handling the thinner/ softer oil tan/ chap sides. Any suggestions? I am weighing pros and cons of the Cobra C26 and Cobra C20. Thanks in advance.
  18. I’m looking at buying one of the above splitters new. I’m located in Australia and these seem to be the best two on offer. Just wondering if anyone had feedback on either - pros and cons for them. I know the obvious is the size of the split but other than that does anyone have experience with both and could shed some light on the preference. Thanks kaysi
  19. Hello Can anyone explain why a top and bottom feed skiver is better than a bottom feed only? Can a top and bottom feed skiver do everything that a bottom feed only skiver can do...but more? If a Leatherworker.net Member is skiving mostly higher temper Herman Oak 3-4oz (1-2mm) leather...can this work be done on a Top and Bottom Feed skiver or should this individual use a bottom feed only skiver. There is not one sewing machine that does everything...Is this also true for Skiving machines? Do I need both? Your assistance to the questions above will assist me in deciding on which machine to purchase and will ultimately determine the success of my business and the health of my sanity! Many Thanks in advance. Silverd
  20. $1400/OBO. Like Brand NEW!! Less than 5 hours. Located in NW Ohio. Willing to ship price determined at time of sale COBRA Class 18 Needle Feed Walking Foot Machine is sturdy enough to handle leather and fabric up to 20 oz. (depending on material) FEATURES: Sews up to 20 oz. (depending on material) Compound Needle Feed (Triple Feed) Walking Foot Big Bobbin (M style) Uses thread sizes from 69 to 207 Safety Clutch for hook protection Digital D.C. Servo Motor Heavy Duty Speed Reducer Flat Bed stand with locking casters LED light Thread stand and bobbin winder
  21. I have a barely used Leather machine Cobra class 14 leather splitter for sale. I dont really use it anymore and its just taking up space in the shop. New, out the door with shipping is around $2500 usd. Selling it for $1900 usd.
  22. Leather Machine Company, Cobra Class 4 walking foot with all accessories! In Great condition! Local Pickup only - Phoenix, AZ $2400 I have tons of pictures but this site will not let me upload many.
  23. The Cobra and Techsew big packages offer similar capacities and attachments other than the Techsew having the laser guide and coming with EPS. Are there any other significant differences? I know Cobra is all American made, but don't know about Techsew. I don't know if Cowboy offers an everything and the kitchen sink pkg or not, but would certainly entertain it as another American made option. Decisions decisions...
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