Thursday, November 3, 2011

Singer 111W155

Singer's often copied, walking foot sewing machine. Every industrial sewing machine manufacturer has made a version of this machine. They all have that unusual bump you see on the neck.

When I purchased this Singer 111W155 it was all out of timing and needed some serious cleaning. You can tell by the lost paint that this machine had been used through the years.

These are indestructible sewing machines. Connect it to a motor and it will sew through a steel wall - OK, maybe not steel. Leather, on the other hand, is easily conquered.

I went through and adjusted this one according to the factory specs, and replaced the bobbin case with a new one. She now runs smooth. No excessive play or wear.

Newer machines have reverse but their prices are quite a bit higher. I've been told by an old-time user of upholstery sewing machines that reverse is overrated. I suppose the convenience of not having to flip the material around to backstitch is worth something.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Singer 107W1

It's a vintage industrial Singer 107W1 zig zag sewing machine. It sews fantastic stitches and wide zigs and zags. It also came with a cool vintage wooden table and an unusually controllable clutch motor.

This baby had been sitting for years in a warehouse collecting dust. The safety clutch on the roller unit was gummed-up and it was preventing the roller from working properly. I am amazed this Singer was still working in spite of her age. I was able to free all the gummed-up parts and she came back to life with a vengeance.

This machine produces one of the best looking straight stitches I've seen, and one of the largest zig zags. I put her up on craigslist and soon she was sold to a local clothing designer. I'm so happy this machine is now owned by a wonderful young artist here in San Francisco.

Again - I love it when nice people get my machines - I'm confident this machine went to the right person - she knows what she got and will make great use of it. She'll probably pass this Singer 107W1 on to her grandchildren many years from now. After all, this is her first industrial.


Pfaff 145

This is a refurbished Pfaff 145 H3 walking foot machine. This Pfaff was repainted before I got it, but it was in need of extensive mechanical work.

The timing was 90 or more degrees off and the hook was worn to a nub. I replaced the hook assembly, and adjusted the timing and all parameters to factory specs.

The Pfaff 145 H3 is a very popular upholstery machine. You won't find anything better than a properly adjusted mechanically sound Pfaff 145.

The newer Pfaff 545 has a bigger bobbin and the current model 1245 is basically the same mechanically.

If you find one make sure it has been gone-over and checked for wear and excessive play, and make sure the hook is still good and timed correctly.

The Pfaff 145 won't let you down, it will sew through numerous layers of leather as well as vinyl or just about anything you through at it.

This wonderful Pfaff 145 now works on any number of items made by Jack Knife Outfitters.

BTW - I got the servo motor for this machine from Nick-O-Sew. NKS-5500.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Adler 30-1

A cobbler's machine. Anyone remember what a cobbler is? Have you ever had your shoes repaired? Don't people just buy new shoes when their old ones die?

This beautiful machine was built in the mid thirties in Germany. Adler is the German word for eagle; and this machine is as beautiful as the bird of prey.

Having the long cylinder arm allows the user access into the deepest part of a riding boot. The foot also rotates to allow repairs where most sewing machine dare not go - actually places they cannot go.

Also check out my post on the Adler 30-70 for sale on eBay, I might add:

Necchi BU Mira

Necchi is a renowned Italian sewing machine manufacturer.  These are prized by many, and considered by owners the best sewing machines ever made - sorry, I wouldn't go that far.

These Italian masterpieces are very tough though, and I love modifying BU Mira's with double pulleys and selling them to Sailors. This is my third modification, I'm working on two more that should be up for sale soon.

This particular one is on its way to Mexico on a sailboat. The new owner had his sailing friend buy it from me and sail it down to Mexico for him to have on his sailboat.

I guess you never know when you might need to repair your sails.  If you're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and your sail rips wouldn't you want to have your own Necchi Bu Mira hidden away below decks.

Singer 31K15

This is one of my favorite vintage Singer industrials. I enjoy setting these up with roller foot, needle plate and feed dog kit. This is my second 31K modification.

The roller foot allows you to twist and turn in crazy ways.  If you know what your doing you can make beautiful designs with rolling stitches.

This one is unusually shiny and beautiful. I'm sure she was taken care of by her previous owners.

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This Stradivaro sewing machine marks the beginning of Japanese domination of post WWII  manufacturing.

Built-in fancy stitches, forward and reverse. Singer couldn't keep up with cheap Japanese mass-production.

I haven't been able to find much information on this beauty, in fact, I've only seen one other Strad selling on eBay since I purchased this one over a year ago.

I've ben told they were made by Toyota, although this one has no markings to indicate this is true. Toyota did manufacture sewing machines that sold well in the US.

Remember the old 1960s Toyota Corollas? Didn't they look like big sewing machines? They were as cheap as a sewing machine though, and small as a sewing machine.

Actually this two-tone machine reminds me of the American cars of days gone by. The "futuristic" control knobs and the pearl and metallic paint, all reminiscent of the opulence of big gas-guzzling American automobiles of the 50s.

Japanese brand and model names of the time were supposed to sound non-Japanese.  Stradivaro - what is it? Italian? Definitely not Japanese.