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by hidesmith
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22714

Re: Lasts

Al, I've done some of the research; the standard is ANSI 75, which is the highest rated toe protection. I also understand the need to 'waste' a pair of shoes in each style in order to get them tested. When I looked into making steel toes years ago, I was ill-equipped financially to allow the wasting...
by hidesmith
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41217

Re: Pattern making

I am finding myself in a position where I have created the upper patterns, but need to create the patterns in every size. I passed on Karl Kropf's last turning lathe, last blanks and scaling machine package years ago (and have kicked myself ever since), but I think that, now, I would welcome an oppo...
by hidesmith
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22714

Re: Lasts

This posting has nothing to do with lasts, aside from the fact that I need to match specific toe shapes. If it belongs elsewhere, feel free to relocate it. I'm looking for steel toes. Years ago, American Steel Toe gave me some samples to try with my lasts, and they matched up perfectly. Recent attem...
by hidesmith
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

I have also yet to change the awl and needle (hook). My thought was, the hook is stinn in the guide, which will break if it's too far out. Also, both the top and bottom awl-hook set line up front to back. It never occurred to me that they could both bend a slight amount at the same time. I'll try it...
by hidesmith
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

Thanks, I'll give it a look. I DID follow all the directions to adjust the machine 'by the book' and it stitches better than it did before adjusting. I also removed the 'factory' cutter and replaced it with one I found that was ground as you suggested. Seems to stitch in the channel now, but I have ...
by hidesmith
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

I've had the manual you're talking about. The one I'm looking at actually has a small 'troubleshooting' section that doesn't address my issue. It's the only manual I've seen that even HAD a trouble-shooting section. In the past, when I've followed the directions for adjusting everything, it stitched...
by hidesmith
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

I had to leave the machine alone today, for fear of damaging one or all of my windows (insert smiley face here). Tomorrow I'll get the manual and re-tune it according to the instructions. Turns out I'm not a 'real man' - I need to read the instructions! (another smiley face) Thanks for your input. H...
by hidesmith
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

I haven't looked at ALL the things you mentioned, but many of them. The thread lock mechanism (so we're communicating - the thing that releases when you step on the pedal to raise the presser-foot) IS loose, and you can pull the thread even without stepping on the pedal. How the heck do I adjust THA...
by hidesmith
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

Landis K was stitching very well for a while, setting the stitch very nicely in the channel. Recently, maybe four pairs ago, it started surface stitching; sporadically NOT setting the thread in the channel, but on the surface. It's most recent trick is to cut the channel perfectly, then stitch right...
by hidesmith
Sat May 31, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

I have been "self-taught" - I had one lesson on the curved needle stitcher 20 years ago, and it wasn't given by a shoe repairman or even a frequent machine user. Trial and error has been my teacher. I've owned two other curved needle stitchers and worked in two other shoe repair shops where I hadn't...
by hidesmith
Fri May 30, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15531

Re: Curved needle

So, anyway: last year, I bought two shoe repair shops. Good prices for machines that were alleged to be in good condition. One shop was used every day, the owner retired. The other was in perfect condition before the owner died - 25 years ago. I bought them both in order to use them all until I asce...
by hidesmith
Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48268

Re: sewing machines

Well, it's been a while, and I'm not sure I'm doing this correctly - but here goes . . . I just bought a Pedersen hand operated stitcher (Junker and Ruh copy) and am having difficulty operating it. It came with only one needle and one bobbin (is it called a bobbin?). I had difficulty moving the arm ...
by hidesmith
Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:45 am
Forum: "All in the Family..."
Topic: The "Whys" and Wherefores"
Replies: 48
Views: 3900

Re: The "Whys" and Wherefores"

<t>I was struggling to learn to make shoes. I had spent years trying to find guidance, a mentor, someone to teach me the craft of shoemaking and had come up almost empty. I had taken apart several shoes in an attempt to ascertain how they went together. I had even made three pairs of shoes based on ...
by hidesmith
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: HCC meeting in Oct.
Replies: 398
Views: 12020

Re: HCC meeting in Oct.

<t>This year's travelogue brings us to Middlebury, VT, where the Hounorable Cordwainer's Company is holding it's annual meeting. Middlebury hosts the famous Middlebury College, which advertises its presence by its mustard-colored historic buildings that grace the road into town. <br/> <br/> The Midd...
by hidesmith
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:01 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sharpening knives
Replies: 87
Views: 12911

Re: sharpening knives

<t>Whenever I get a new knife (or a used one) that I intend to use, one of the first things I usually have to do is change the angle on them. Many people think that if it takes hair off one's arm, it doesn't need any sharpening, If it 'shaves', it's fine. <br/> <br/> To start with, there is a big di...
by hidesmith
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35500

Re: Looking for...

<t>The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will want to test the shoes you put steel toes in - they will want to test every style of shoe that you make with steel toes. <br/> <br/> DW is correct - even if the steel toe is correctly fitted, it can still dislodge and cut off the toes it's sup...
by hidesmith
Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Through the Mists of Time...
Replies: 331
Views: 11138

Re: Through the Mists of Time...

<t>Lisa, <br/> If you check census records of the era, you might find occupations. In my research of the 1880s in Epsom, NH, I discovered that, while there were shoe factory workers, there were also MANY who were listed as shoemakers and farmers. The two often co-mingled - they cropped in the summer...
by hidesmith
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: The Immanence and Glamour
Replies: 87
Views: 4348

Re: The Immanence and Glamour

Remember to keep your heels down!
by hidesmith
Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Shoe concealments
Replies: 54
Views: 3873

Re: Shoe concealments

<t>While building a house recently, I created, quite by accident, a small space that was unused. It was coincidental and I thought it a good joke to put a child's shoe in it. Whomever found the shoe would surely laugh and wonder why it was put there. I related my joke to some of my colleagues later ...
by hidesmith
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:02 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sharpening knives
Replies: 87
Views: 12911

Re: sharpening knives

<t>I would not use a dremel-type tool to sharpen my knives - a slightly unsteady hand would leave a less than uniform edge. Any powered grinding tool will require a steady hand, but the smaller (and faster) the grinder, the more likely the need for a steadier hand. A very fine edge can be achieved u...
by hidesmith
Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Tools
Replies: 106
Views: 4977

Re: Tools

<t>Like Lisa, I buy lasting pincers from junk shops and such. I have a pair of narrow nose pincers that I bought from an estate in Southeast New England several years ago, but aside from them, I ground down a pair of pincers that looked like they'd seen better days - you get the idea. I used them un...
by hidesmith
Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: HCC meeting in Oct.
Replies: 398
Views: 12020

Re: HCC meeting in Oct.

<t>To those attending the 2011 AGM (and those who are not) – I’m looking at the pictures and sulking. I see pic’s of Ken, Al, Dick, Jenny, John, Frank, Dan, Paige and Lisa and the Frommers, along with other whose names I’ve forgotten or haven’t met, not to mention those who might not be present, and...
by hidesmith
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Of interest...
Replies: 407
Views: 13320

Re: Of interest...

<t>To the Sorrell Family: <br/> I wish to congratulate Dale and Lisa - not only on their successes with their respective trades, but the success with which they've raised their family. <br/> I wish to congratulate Morgan and Paige on their ability to follow their interests and make them successful. ...
by hidesmith
Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: St. Crispin's Day
Replies: 54
Views: 3765

Re: St. Crispin's Day

<t>Fellow Footfitters, <br/> I am forced to send regrets, in that this years' AMG will be minus Penny and me - funds do not allow attendance. We will miss the interaction with old and new friends, not to mention the education so generously provided. <br/> Randee and DW - I am sorry not to be able to...
by hidesmith
Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Shoe machines
Replies: 538
Views: 27930

Re: Shoe machines

<t>I have a downdraft charcoal table made by Airflow Systems Inc. It was relatively expensive, maybe $2500, but it keeps the fumes out of the house - even though I WORK in the house! I looked around for quite a long time before I bought it, the only other systems I could find were exorbitant or too ...