|Dustin Driscoll (Fly_tier_guy)
Post Number: 13
|Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 3:46 am: |
I'm looking for a sewing machine, searching Craigslist and such, and wanted to know a little bit what I should be looking for.
I've got these two that I am looking at, any thoughts?
|Edie Kudlis (Brooklyn_edie)
Post Number: 10
|Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 4:40 pm: |
I know less about these machines than some others on the forum. However, for $25 it's just common sense to buy that machine - it's beautiful.
Problem I have seen with a machine that is not made specifically for leather is that the dogs, walking foot or wheel, if not adjusted correctly, can leave unwanted marks on the leather. That's why I recently got a cobra, as I plan to work on certain leathers that are more sensitive: lamb, pattent.
Also, I'm hearing various ideas on a flatbed and post-bed. I got a post as I feel it'll make it more versatile for me. Now I'm being told a flat is a better option.
Don't know how far you are from Livingston MT. but when I visited there was a nice antiques shop that had some pretty great machines at very reasonable $$.
|Tom O'Sullivan (Tomo)
Post Number: 78
|Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:32 pm: |
Don't waste your time (or money).
Yeah they look alright but won't be much use for bootmaking unless you wanted them as conversation pieces in your shop.
SEARCH this forum for information on machines. Every newbie that comes along asks the same questions. So do some due diligence here and you'll find your answers.
|Larry Peterson (Larry_peterson)
Post Number: 126
|Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 6:38 pm: |
If I may,
I started making boots about 5 years ago and went through the same process you are to get the "proper" sewing machines. I am still using the singer 236 post and the little flat singer that I started with. I also purchased backup machines but I think that was a waste of money. I did purchase an adler patcher' that I use once in a while.
The point being, don't run out a throw money away until you have a working knowledge of what is out there. If I had to get by with one machine it would be the the little flat singer. It is amazing what skills you can develope when you have to.
Another suggestion is to learn how to set the needle bar, time from underneath with the gears, and to know what your machine likes and doesn't like.
Good luck, Larry Peterson