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Old 12-21-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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show off your sewing machine... wait what?

Anyone have a sewing machine to show off... the wife thought I lost it when I picked up a few industrial machines this year.

Juki 563-3 this one needed some machine work.



Singer 111g156



Consew 226. I got to drag this one out of a woman's basement and up the stairs myself



Pfaff 138 and a singer 112w140. I got these off a hot air balloon manufacturer.

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Old 12-21-2014, 10:54 AM   #2
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I don't have a good pic but my friend spent more on having that one tuned/repaired and restored than what I ever (almost) paid for a motorcycle.






Too bad he is a long way from here, I'd have more work for that machine or all the others he owns, Juki included. Next summer....

Before:




And after a few beers,got to be an old(er) pro to still sew straight after that many......



Now where is my pic of him with the beer working with the Juki? .......Oh that's right he didn't like that one he is a little self-conscious about his shiny head.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:22 AM   #3
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Man, THOSE are sewing machines. I mean...when you have a huge electric motor and you start sewing by engaging a giant flywheel clutch, that's a sewing MACHINE!

My parents had a bridal business and one grandfather was a furrier in upstate New York in the 1930s. I grew up with industrial sewing machines. I miss them but, just don't have the room or time to need my own. The last project like that was the curtains in the motorhome and that was over ten years ago.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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I've been thinking about adding an old, simple industrial sewing machine to my shop.

Something that can handle leather, canvas, etc. There's always little repairs and projects where I think one would come in handy: bike cover; ATV cover; tarp for the utility trailer, busted rifle sling here or there; covers for my welders; ballistic nylon inserts for the hard cases on the RT, etc.

Can anyone recommend a basic, simple but durable one?
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Old 12-21-2014, 01:51 PM   #5
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I got no pics but bought an original never refurbished but fully pro serviced early 60's era Pfaff 130. Works good with canvas and reasonable leather. If needed parts are avail at reasonable prices rather than diving into "Singer Collector machine" prices. For me it's a fun experiment screw around project machine. If I ever went into production making for sale items I'd prolly upgrade to a heavier duty machine if/when the Pfaff gets too tired/expensive to maintain. For home projects though the 130 works great for me. For commercial production grade machines you'll want something like the Juki but yikes even terribly loose worn out industrial grade machines like Juki's, Consews are crazy expense just for the buy-in For home use I'd recommend checking into old non computer Pfaffs. Good tough well built up to the task machines are fun to make stuff with. You don't need the best most expensive machine but you you need a good one if you're dealing with canvas/leather. Grandmas cheap $100 dress making machine ain't worth the grief.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:22 PM   #6
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I've been thinking about adding an old, simple industrial sewing machine to my shop.

Something that can handle leather, canvas, etc. There's always little repairs and projects where I think one would come in handy: bike cover; ATV cover; tarp for the utility trailer, busted rifle sling here or there; covers for my welders; ballistic nylon inserts for the hard cases on the RT, etc.

Can anyone recommend a basic, simple but durable one?
The first three I posted are all the same basic pattern compound feed alternate pressing foot "walking foot" machine. They are designed for leather, canvas and any other medium weight materials. Any of them will do what you want and last the rest of your life.

As for price, of those three I paid $145, $65 and $100 respectively.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:32 AM   #7
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Sailrite machines are popular with cruising sailors. Sometimes I wish I had one!
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:27 AM   #8
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I've been thinking about adding an old, simple industrial sewing machine to my shop.

Something that can handle leather, canvas, etc. There's always little repairs and projects where I think one would come in handy: bike cover; ATV cover; tarp for the utility trailer, busted rifle sling here or there; covers for my welders; ballistic nylon inserts for the hard cases on the RT, etc.

Can anyone recommend a basic, simple but durable one?
Here is a walking foot machine sewing a rifle sling
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7OOHBTeyCE

And here are some webbing slings I did with the consew.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:16 PM   #9
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Sailrite machines are popular with cruising sailors. Sometimes I wish I had one!
I got one! . Case and heavy flywheel. It will sew great.

I need to redo my boat canvas.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:53 PM   #10
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I bought this a few years ago when my GF wanted to learn how to sew. I didn't care for the quality of the new Singers. It's a 1955 Singer 301A. The build quality of these old Singers is great. No plastic and everything is easy to work on. It just needed a lot of cleaning. It's super smooth when running at high speed too. Just gotta lube it once in a while. There are half a dozen lube points.



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Old 12-22-2014, 08:05 PM   #11
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I got fed up with the corporate world this fall and quit, now I am going to try and eek out an existence with thei Phaff 145 my brother gave me. If all goes well and the Phaff doesn't work out I will buy a new Juki.



I'm a little surprise at some of the names I'm seeing in this thread, good stuff lads.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:16 PM   #12
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I bought a New Home treadle sewing machine at an auction in November. Paid $15 for it. The wood top was trashed, the wood coffin box is in decent shape. I pulled the top, steel wooled the rust off of the cast iron base and treadle and gave it a good cleaning. Sprayed a coat of satin clear and put a glass top on it, instant occasional table.
I stuck the machine on a shelf, let my heirs deal with it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:36 PM   #13
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I can't sew worth a damn but I can try.
Made curtains for my RV.
First try.

Scroll down for a pic of the machines.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...847293&page=24

So I got that done and just ordered two jugs of Mod Podge, gonna decorate with old maps or some such.

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Old 12-22-2014, 08:37 PM   #14
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I bought a New Home treadle sewing machine at an auction in November. Paid $15 for it. The wood top was trashed, the wood coffin box is in decent shape. I pulled the top, steel wooled the rust off of the cast iron base and treadle and gave it a good cleaning. Sprayed a coat of satin clear and put a glass top on it, instant occasional table.
I stuck the machine on a shelf, let my heirs deal with it.
I was just going to ask what one of those things was worth, I have 2 Singers. Now I know.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:58 PM   #15
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Now that we're talking about sewing machines anyone have some links for good canvas forums?
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