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    Chinese shoe repair machine

    I just took delivery of one of these. After seeing how the you tube channel 'big dog forge' set one up.
    So far I have only used the thread that came with it and some chrome tanned upholstery leather but I'm impressed how well it works.
    Does anybody else have one?
    What thread and needles would I need to go to to do leather sheathes?

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    So you're running a sweat shop now, Warren, checkout some of Ausblade's threads, when he got his Tippmann, he had similar problems/questions, my guess would be experimentation to work out the machines(kids) quirks, any idea how thick it will sew through?, and any thought of putting a donk on it??.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarrabah View Post
    So you're running a sweat shop now, Warren, checkout some of Ausblade's threads, when he got his Tippmann, he had similar problems/questions, my guess would be experimentation to work out the machines(kids) quirks, any idea how thick it will sew through?, and any thought of putting a donk on it??.
    Big dog forge motorises his. Looks like the bomb. Very well may go down that road.
    Have YouTube's one guy sewing pieces of car tyre together. Another guy stops trying after 6 layers of 3mm veggie tanned leather.
    After I saw that i yelled 'take my money' and logged onto eBay.

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    Ordered mine last night. $180 delivered to WA. From the half dozen vids I watched on them, they can use a singer leather needle. Also noted in pics that you forgot to thread your thread through the small spring attached to the large cylinder up front. Other suggestions in vids are to bet a separate thread spool stand (instead of the upright one on the back of machine) and if the bobbin is rough to either sand smooth or replace with better quality ones. These are supposedly also a standard size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uudbb View Post
    Big dog forge motorises his. Looks like the bomb. Very well may go down that road.
    Have YouTube's one guy sewing pieces of car tyre together. Another guy stops trying after 6 layers of 3mm veggie tanned leather.
    After I saw that i yelled 'take my money' and logged onto eBay.

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    Just watched Big Dogs video, I've been seriously considering giving up leatherwork(almost 4 decades) because of bloody osteo in my thumb, but I think I'm going to give one of these cheapo's a go, how's it going after a few months, Warren? @uudbb;



    sewing machine bit starts about the 8 minute mark

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    Watched a few vids, they certainly will do the job but the end product visually doesn't even come close to a clean, neat hand stitched work. It seems like there is a lot of tinkering and modifying to get it running right and the foot looks like it bites into the leather and marks it. It's also concerning that there is a facebook help group dedicated to these machines.

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    the shoe repair machine is both a blessing and a curse.

    it has taken a lot of fiddling with to get it to do leather but I can still not get it to do 3 layers for a sheath. the thread tension on the bobbin is always too high and the thread snaps.

    However I am not sad about buying it. it does everything else well, I have sewn a butt load of rice bags out of chrome dyed leather for rifle shooting. the kids also give it a hammering with all manner of pouches from leather and denim. my next task on it is a dog coat.

    @Whitey - yes you are spot on, its not ever going to be a replacement for fine hand work.

    BUT - if you want a real cheap way of knocking up stuff for yourself that's half way decent and does not cost a kidney then this machine is a winner.

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    Thanks, Warren and Whitey, I've got a few decades in hand sewing, and ideally I don't want to give it up, but the severe osteo in my thumb, means this contraption, might make life a bit less painful


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