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Hi, everyone,
I come across this video, what catch my eyes on this video is the book the lady showed, the sleeves shape she mentioned. And I like very much the round shape better than the diamond shape we used to do.
Sewing machines and equipment / High shank zigzagger?
« Last post by Futura on July 18, 2019, 02:39:49 PM »
Anyone know if it's possible to fit an old fashioned zigzagger attachment to a straight stitch only industrial machine?

I have seen a few such attachments that were high shank. Just curious after I found a buttonholer attachment for single needle industrial machines at Wawak. If buttonholers are available, why not zigzaggers...?

(Not that it makes much sense considering I have several domestic zigzag machines and 3 overlockers!  ;D)
Many older domestic machines could be set up to run off of an old fashioned foot powered treadle, without using electricity. That set up looks like it could run off of treadle power or electricity, though the description states the machine is 220 volt. My guess is that someone brought the machine over from abroad. (Alternatively one could use a step-up transformer or swap out the motor.)
I recently checked out an industrial sewing machine supplier in Seattle, though at the time I was looking at machines for upholstery. As an example, they had an old, worn Pfaff walking foot machine with clutch motor for around $900. I am not sure what the prices would be locally for a typical lockstitch machine. I think prices here in WA State for decent secondhand machines (both domestic and industrial) are much, much higher than they were in the UK. I don't know how it compares to BC, though.
Oh, no, I am overwhelmed with the advertisement subscription, bringing me so many "older" models.

I have a question for you "older' person, you have a lot more experience and knowledge with these time-line machines:

What does it mean by "treadle powered"?

Sewing machines and equipment / Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Last post by Futura on July 18, 2019, 02:14:49 PM »
My thought is that a roller foot like that is intended for sewing leather.
Schneiderfrei, you suggest me to go across the border? I have thought of that, however, I am concerned how I can get it delivered, even I have a mail box - a kind of transaction agent just across the border, I still have to get there and load it onto my car, a Honda Civic. If the machine comes with a table, it won't fit it in. The only thing I can do is to rent a light truck from a moving company like U-Haul. It might worth if it is very very good price, and I won't be able to take a look before making decision, it is a bit risky....
TTailor, yes, thank you for your opinion, now I am very clear what I should look for, after everyone giving me all the suggestions and reasons why I should only aim at the basic simple straight single stitch industrial one.

Hi, everyone, I find this advertisement today. I cannot believe my eyes that the roller foot, how does it work? it says that it works on light fabrics. why do we need it if we sew with light fabric? It is very interesting to me.

By the way, the price is very very expensive to me, is it overpriced?

Artisan 5550 BIG Flatbed Industrial Sewing Machine

- Reverse feed
- Servo motor - silent, with speed reducer
- thread stand and bobbin winder included
- includes bobbins and needles
- thread size range - 46 to 138
- table on lockable wheels
- knee-lift for presser foot
- M size big bobbins - double capacity
- roller foot - suitable for leather, canvas, light fabrics
- self-lubricating system
- very clean and well maintained
- hard copy and digital manual and parts list
- Price - $1,200
The Apprentice's Forum / Seven fold tie
« Last post by Lorna B on July 18, 2019, 07:30:47 AM »
I am keen to try making a seven fold necktie but I'm having trouble finding a pattern and don't have one that I can take apart to reverse engineer.  I would appreciate any advice members can give. 
My Pfaff 138, is a beautiful piece of mechanics. It does zig zag as well as straight and reverse, in Australia it was $450.00. Over the border, in the US, they could be much cheaper.
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