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General Discussion / Re: Thread for Marine Upholstery
October 09, 2011, 04:04:20 pm
haha thanks Gregg, I'll send you an email right now

I looked at my parts list and it shows a part number of 400-19910 for the "FEED DOG (6x2.5)". Is this one different from the one you listed?
I purchased a right angle binding attachment that came with a new needle plate and feed dog. Unfortunately, the feed dog isn't the right size. It was too long so I reworked it with a dremel but it still isn't right, it's too tall. I want to get a new OEM feed dog then grind down the front so it'll work with the new needle plate so I contacted the place from which I got my Juki and they said a new feed dog is $300! I couldn't believe it... Do you know of a cheaper source?

The set I got looks similar to this except the needle plate is different:
Quote from: bobbin on February 07, 2011, 10:33:45 pm
You need to call the person from whom you purchased the machine.  They will be more than willing to help you with the problem.  They will be familiar with the machine and will have a "checklist" of things for you to check that will lead them to the solution for you. 

When I read your post I the first thing I thought was that you didn't seat the bobbin case properly.  It's easy to do, esp. when you're used to using a topload machine.  Then I wondered how the machine was so fouled up by stitching through #10 zip. chain... I do it all the time with my 1541 and it never bats an eye... and I came back to the bobbin case scenario. 

I don't know what to tell you, Jan. except get on the blower to the outfit that sold you the machine.  No way the work you were doing should create so much hassle so soon.  JMO. 

The bobbin was definitely inserted properly. When I picked up the machine, that's one of the things the guy emphasized, make sure it *clicks* into place. The tech was out today so I have to call him back tomorrow. I'm just anxious to get back to sewing :) thanks guys
Quote from: fragged8 on February 07, 2011, 09:05:47 pm

you should be able to just loosen the feed dog plate and lift it up, reposition the cage and screw the
feed dog plate down again.

Are you thinking of a top-load machine? That's how it is on my 562 but on this one the tab is part of the "bobbin case holder". I don't think the feed dog plate has anything to do with the hook assembly position like on a top-load machine.
Well it can move around a little so it can be between 90° and ~15° out of alignment.

Looking at the photo below, the tab by the green arrow is supposed to be inside the notch by the red arrow, right? How do I line them back up, remove the "bobbin case holder" (what the green arrow points to), spin the hook assembly into the right position, then reinstall the bobbin case holder?

How does it even get out of position like this? There seems to be zero play in the parts.

Well I got my new machine. It's so much nicer to sew on than my old 562, especially with the servo and needle position synchronizer. However, I already managed to knock the hook assembly out of whack lol

I was sewing over a plastic #10 coil zipper when it happened. I tried fiddling with the safety clutch button while turning the hand wheel but I was met with some resistance and didn't want to screw it up any further. This used to happen on my old domestic machine and it would reseat itself just by turning it, but not this one. How do I fix it?

Sorry, I make bags and other nylon (Cordura) gear, I don't do upholstery. I mainly use 1" 5038 webbing for binding (it's similar to grossgrain ribbon) so I only need a single turn, raw edge binder. I've heard good things about the Sailrite binders but they don't have the right angle kind
I currently use a "standard" 1" binding attachment and it causes more frustration than anything else. I need a right angle binder to deal with curves. The way I see it, I have three options.

1) get a cheap ebay one for $40
2) get a "nice" 5-piece set on ebay for $120
3) get a custom made one for $280

I know I need a binder foot set but do I need a new needle plate and feed dog?
I can't really justify option three at this point in time, but I could go for the 5-piece set if it'll make a difference. What do you think? Have any of you used one of these generic, non-custom right angle binders?
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: camo material
January 22, 2011, 05:13:09 am
Quote from: hdflame on January 13, 2011, 04:50:17 pm
Quote from: JanChristian on January 12, 2011, 06:56:47 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.

I buy some of my Cordura from Rochfords too.  Where do you get the MultiCam from?  Is there a better deal or is it hard to find?

I get it straight from the source. You have to buy at least 5 yards but it's the cheapest I've seen: http://www.duroindustries.com/index.php?page=1000-Denier-Cordura
Quote from: slodat on January 18, 2011, 02:41:39 am

As far as the Adler long arm goes, I plan to keep it around. It in in the shop getting a tuneup. I just purchased this from Gregg at Keystone.

It has a needle positioner to make the long arm a little easier to use.

How do you like that needle positioner? How do you change from stopping in the needle down position to the needle up position? Can it be turned off?
I explained my 562 problem to the place I'm getting the 1541S from and they asked if I have a backlash spring underneath the bobbin. Does anyone know how to check this? I don't have a repair manual.
Quote from: sofadoc on January 14, 2011, 03:54:40 am
Since you're buying local, I assume that you're test driving it first.
I have always been leery of that phrase "Sewn off".
I'm always getting brochures from out-of-state places that use that phrase. Just because they can fold a piece of fabric 2 or 3 times, and sew the crap out of it, that really doesn't tell me anything. I want be able to sew an entire cushion, and see how the corners come out.  

Oh definitely. They're actually going to give me a lesson on it. They say it usually takes about 20 minutes but they'll spend as much time as it takes until I'm comfortable with the machine. When they say "sewn off", they mean with my fabric and thread to make sure it's good to go. Plus with the needle synchronizer attachment there's a little more involved in the setup. I'd rather have them do that since they've done it before. This isn't some hole-in-the-wall place who's out to get me. They're a big business (they deal mainly with industrial sewing and cutting equipment) and have been around a long time so I trust them.
Thanks for all the help, everyone. I just ordered a 1541S! I was going to order online but I found a local place with prices equal to the internet and it comes fully assembled and sewn off. I couldn't pass it up. Plus, I like supporting local businesses.

I'm still fairly new to industrials so I don't think switching over to a bottom-loader will be a big deal. It's not like I have years worth of habbits I don't want to change. I'm a young dog ready to learn new tricks  haha

As far as the 562 problem, it isn't really looping underneath, the thread just doubles up. I've tried to troubleshoot it myself and this is what I notice. The hook seems sloppy. If i'm cranking it by hand, at certain parts of the cycle when I have to let go of the hand wheel to reach higher for another pull, the hook backtracks a little, like something is out of balance. This isn't normal, right? When the hook does this, the upper thread slips off of the hook then when I continue turning the hand wheel, the hook grabs it again but now there's considerable resistance. Does that make sense?
I was leaning toward the 1508 but if I'm having this much trouble deciding, why spend $600 more for something I'm not completely sold on.

I mainly use #69 thread, which is "small" compared to what some of you guys run, and it seems like i'm running out of bobbin thread constantly. I welcome a larger bobbin. Do the 1541 and 1508 use the same large bobbin or is the 1508's larger?

Here's the stitching issue with my 562. I have a servo motor and 50mm pulley but it still doesn't go slow enough to be real precise so when coming to a pivot point, I stop early then hand crank it a few stitches. Sometimes it's fine, other times the stitching beneath gets all screwy.

It's fine at first then gives me trouble when I stop and start hand cranking (or blipping the pedal a couple times). This is the underside of the fabric:

Somehow the bottom stitching gets doubled up:

Any ideas as to what is causing this?

edit: I don't know why the images show up small but if you "right-click>view image in new window" it shows up correctly.