Adler 67 questions "I enter with respect"
:thumbup: I've been reading this forum for some time now and want to first off say thank you to all who contribute and dig cars! Thier is a ton of usable knowledge here and no dribble.
With that said I am happy to announce I made my first sewing machine purchase. I picked up an Adler 67. Not quite the inexpensive barn find I was dreaming of but it is a very clean, lightly used head with the original book and parts list in english and a few extras. I hope it will serve it's purpose.
Just brought it home tonight and when I tried it out it ran very smooth. Got it from a fella that has been repairing for 15 years and seemingly trustworthy. Got him down to 8 bills on a turn key unit.?
My only real question at this point is the presser/walking foot has only a right side to it,"I think he called it a zipper foot," either way when you let go of the material it wants to curve toward that foot. And even when guiding it it wants to take that direction.
Is this the foot?
Is it normal?
Or should I be concerned with something else? :pimp:
That was a fair price for the machine you got, but it was not a bargain. What you are describing is not normal, even for a single right foot. You will need to buy a presser foot and a welt foot for your machine. You can't sew everything with a zipper foot, also called a single right foot. I'm surprised that the guy you bought the machine from didn't have other feet. The pictures show a welt foot, a presser foot and a single right foot from left to right. These fit my Consew, but other than how they're connected to the machine they are the same. Here is a link to a presser foot for your machine. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adler-Walkin...item5d33f55936 1/4" is the most common size welt foot used. This price is high, you can get these from Cut Sew Services a lot cheaper, but their web site is really hard to navigate. I changed the title of your thread to include "Adler 67 questions", so more people would look at your questions.
Consew 255 feet
While we are discussing feet....
What are the two items 2 and 3 used for ?
Item 3 apears it could attach to the rear of a Presser foot using the presser foot screw?
Needle Foot 1 ?
I was lucky when I bought the Consew 255 it had extra feet and I have worked out what most of them could be used for except these.
Number 1 is the inside half of a piping foot, I think. I don't know what number 2 is, number 3 I thought was a binding or edging attachment which would attach to the bed of the machine. You would then feed the edge of the fabric you are sewing into this attachment and the attachment would fold it over as it is sewed. This would normally be used for the edges of things like boat covers. Now I'm not sure what it is either. Number 4 is the outside half of a topstitch foot. The rotating guard sits next to fabric that is doubled over, and keeps the foot at the proper distance to topstitch the piece of folded fabric the same distance from the outside edge of the fabric.
Adler 67 questions
I figured out why it was pulling to the right.
The guy that sold the machine had given me some scrap nylon type canvas that was too slippery for my first stitches.
Went to the fabric store and got a few yards of vinyl, figured out the thread tensions and put in some seat time. Made a few promising seams and even a french seam. This is alot of fun!
When I figure out how to downsize my pictures i'll post some.:smash:
What Lubricant ?
Hello Dan; I was looking for some seasoned advice:
1. what kind of lubricant I should use on my machine. The mechanic I purchased it from said not to use a 3 in 1 and showed me a non staining sewing oil. The upholstery book i'm referencing says to use 3 in 1 and on some parts uses WD-40. I bought stainless Lily white sewing oil.?
2. Presser foot adjustment in the Adler manual seems vague to me: is it possible to bend anything or harm the machine with it being to low?
I've been adjusting my table and took your advice in previous threads on learning how to drive a clutch, with all common sense telling me to leave the pedal linkage at the end of the controll arm, I went to the middle adjustment and then the one closest to the elbow and made some of my most controlled circles.
The book i'm using is Automotive Upholstery hand book by Don Taylor. Is there any others you could recommend. Sorry To pick your brain so:
1) Just make sure you use sewing machine oil of any brand, and Lily White is good stuff. Regular household oil get's gummy over time, and can stain the fabric you're working with. I buy mine a quart at a time when my suppliers have it on sale.
2) No, you won't damage anything on the machine itself, it will just be harder to get thicker things under the foot. That adjustment is almost always set at the thickest level the machine can be set at.
3) I have been doing upholstery work for 40 years, I have read Don Taylor's book, and I think that book was edited by someone with no upholstery experience who took out a lot of info that should be in there. Nothing seems to be fully explained, and none of the projects seem to be described to completion. It is my personal opinion that it's really hard to learn upholstery from a book. It's awful hard to do something when you don't even know the jargon of upholstery. The jargon is different in different parts of the country. Plus, you can't ask a book questions.
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