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How'd You Do That??? / Re: Maybe not everything, but A LOT ABOUT ZIPPERS!
« on: January 12, 2011, 02:40:35 AM »
Is there a way to tell the size of the zipper teeth by measuring xx per inch or something ?
I'm pretty sure the zipper size is just how wide it is (when closed) in mm. It isn't always spot-on but it'll get you in the ballpark.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: camo material
« on: January 12, 2011, 01:56:47 AM »
What you want is something like 1000D Cordura. It's rot resistant and lighter but much stronger and more durable than canvas.

I usually get my Cordura (aside from MultiCam) from Rockywoods but that Rochford Supply place seems to have better prices. I'll give them a shot the next time I need some more. Thanks for posting it, Chris.

General Discussion / Juki 1541 vs 1508.... help me decide
« on: January 12, 2011, 01:41:33 AM »
I've been researching this for days and still can't come to a decision. I don't do upholstery work but of all the forums I found, this seems to be the best source of info on the machines in which I'm interested. I make custom bags and gear out of [mainly] 1000D Cordura and webbing, which can get quite thick in spots.  I currently use a Juki 562 but it's old and tired, I'm ready to upgrade. On my 562, if I'm sewing then stop to adjust my fabric, then start again, sometimes it's as if the thread beneath the fabric doubles up then it gets hung up. Any idea what would cause this? It also sometimes jams after I use reverse. I'm sure this can all be fixed, but I just want something new :)

I've narrowed it down to a 1541S or a 1508N. The only industrial I've ever used is the 562 so I'm only familiar with top-loading bobbins/vertical-axis hooks. Someone told me the 1508 is more reliable is this true? I read in the brochure that the dual-tension mechanism of the 1508 allows it to sew light- to heavy-weight fabrics. Can the 1541 sew light-weight fabrics?

I like how with the 1508 you can set up extra slide plates with different binding/hemming attachments for quick use. But on here I read of some people saying the 1508 is noisy/clunky and the 1541 is more smooth and precise. Is this true?

I know they'll both get the job done, I just want whichever will be the most reliable and need the fewest tune-ups.

Sorry for all the questions I just don't know which to go with and could really use some help deciding. Thanks!

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