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Singer 20ux143

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Hi All

     i just got a old Singer 20ux143 , would this machine work to sew wallets and Hair on Cowhide?

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The Singer 20U are bottom feed zig-zag machines meant to sew cloth. They can sew thin leather if the teeth can get a good grab on the bottom layer. The problem with sewing leather on a flat foot machine like this is drag. Leather, like Naugahyde (vinyl) tends to be sticky on the top grain side. It is also grabby inside and can really hold onto the needle as it comes up. If the leather lifts with the needle you will get skipped stitches. To counter the lift  you have to crank down the pressure on the foot. This increases the drag on the leather, making it harder to feed it as you sew. It is a losing game.

If the wallet interior isn't sticky or dense the machine will sew it with #69 bonded thread (no larger thread in that machine).

Fur might slide under the foot better than veg-tan.

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