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ke6cvh

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Hello group,

  OK, I have started the second thread for these machines.  The other thread for the 1869 Singer no 2 (smaller hand wheel and smaller shuttle) is here: 

 https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/singer-model-number-2-circa-1869-10256427?pid=1309428017

  I will update that other thread as the Granger compression springs, torsion springs, and spring stock/steel arrives and is installed so that I may do away with the temporary/ugly/non-original looking springs.  I will also update the other thread with the cargo shorts project when done.  

  This thread will get pictures as they develop.  I'm still waiting for the table for this other Singer no 2 so it will be either hand operated or sit in the first no. 2 machine's table for project testing.  

  So far this is what we did....We had to weld a small piece of cast iron on the wheel feed that was broken.  We used stainless 308 2.0mm rod.  It works fairly well on cast iron because the high nickel content and the inverter welder (HF frequency) at lower amperage.  Don't think this would be possible on a regular arc welder.  Also added some 4mm thick bar stock over the double sided weld repair.  The piece is stronger than original by far and after painting black under the bed no real visibility issues.  

  I had to figure out how to put the machine back together again.  Thanks to some very detailed pictures got the wheel feed back and working.  The needle in the machine had exact same dimensions as a 45k1 needle (dd214) so I put a new size 19 dd214 needle in it.  I can tell it will also take a 7x3 needle no problem but it's just easier to manage the slightly shorter needle getting it in and it is just as good with same shank diameter.  

  Because the top had been separated from the bed for shipment and the large gear also I had to align everything just right and it seems perfect now with the gears meshing just right and needle almost kissing the shuttle on each pass.  

  I will do a test sew in the AM.  Or if I can't sleep even more later up past midnight I might just do a test sew sooner.  

  I must say it is extremely exciting to finally start getting the 1800's industrials on line.  Can't wait to get the two Grover and Baker along with the array of Wheeler and Wilson industrials on line in the upcoming months.  I'm expecting to get 2 to 3 machines a month here but with these large industrials with tables it is multiple shipments/crates so one must be very patient for the machines in the long cue to arrive a little at a time.  

Pictures IOU soon.  
 
Best regards,
Mike






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ke6cvh

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Hello group,

  I have the Imperial no 2 heavy shuttle stitching beautifully now.  Another long weekend spending time after midnight on it.  Had to weld and re shape the tip of this shuttle just like the other no 2.  This one does not take a 135x17 like the other.  Someone had put a dd214 in it (Singer 45k1) and that was not ready for prime time....stuff not fitting right and stuff rubbing and flexing as a result.  Fixed all that.  Fixed tension issues.  Fixed head alignment/timing etc etc.  It's now sewing fine 2 through 8 layers of denim.  I suspect the other no 2 will also sew 8 layers but was being gentle on it for now.  Pictures to follow.  It is almost 2:30am.  Project to follow as well.  Best regards, Mike


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ke6cvh

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Hello group,  Here are some pictures.  The two shuttle comparisons between the Imperial large shuttle/large hand wheel and regular small hand wheel small shuttle shows the bit of stainless welded to the tip before shaping.  Then the picture later shows the tip after shaping and how close it rides to the shuttle track....same results on both machines 100 percent catch of loop now.  It also shows the wheel feed.  I will post more pictures as they are ready.  I posted a picture of the diy torsion spring made today on the other machine's post and also the "new/correct" way I'm now doing the tension wing (after discovering and re reading the short manual).

Best regards,
Mike
SingerNo2ShuttleComparisonPic1.jpg  SingerNo2ImperialShuttlePoint2.jpg  SingerNo2ImperialShuttlePoint1.jpg 

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Nice!  Love the Wheel Feed!.  I have a Howe C with Wheel Feed and it is fun to sew with.
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