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#1 Post by crary » Fri Apr 26, 2002 2:47 pm

Can anybody tell me the correct needle for sewing Stingray. I have to make a pair of shoes out of this and have never before tried.

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#2 Post by mnewberry » Mon Apr 29, 2002 7:28 am

Bill-

I haven't heard of a special needle for stingray - as far as I know, none will penetrate the "beads" on the skin, and so sewing happens in between. I choose the finer grained stuff, when possible, for seamed areas, and use a 100/16 tri needle. The biggest problem that I've had is the needle deflecting off the "beads" and hitting the needle plate. I know I've said it before, but I hate the stuff. Good luck.

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#3 Post by dw » Mon Apr 29, 2002 7:50 am

Matt,

I hate it, too. Several years ago, when I was playing with it, I got the bright idea of simply designing an ornamental "collar" that would replace the tongue and quarter-line on both the vamp and counter cover. The collar can actually be an overlay, of sorts, and the beads can be "popped" off underneath. This allows you to sew on smooth leather--calf or WB, or something similar--with no deflection or "raggedness" in the stitch lines, whatsoever. If the beads are popped off first, it allows the tongue and quarters to be cut without hitting beads and a pretty exact cut can be made. Then the collar can be cemented over the nude stingray and trimmed so that it is virtually the same shape as the originally cuts. The only difficulty is that the beads need to be popped off pretty precisely around the collar's leading edge...you need to sew a couple of lines of stitching to attach the collar to the stingray...and if the beads are prevalent under that edge, you'll simply have the same problems as if you didn't use a collar at all. The upshot is that the customer gets a stingray boot--with whatever (dubious) advantages that stingray confers--and you get to make a pair of boots that look like they came out of a bootshop and not a garage in Lower Elbonia. Image

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#5 Post by sidetrack » Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:21 am

Say Gang,

First off greetings to all! I am having a problem with my sewing machine hope someone can help out. Here it is I have a 31-15 it does everything that I want except when I want to sew my heel slides to the liner it just will not sew anything thin. Can't figure it out? Would like some feedback on what to look at or what needles to use. In fact will someone give the needle sizes for sewing vamps to tops, stitch patterns on tops, and inlays. I am limited with needle selection #18,16,14,& 11. The only leather points I have are a few 14's. I am looking to buy needles but I really don't know what to buy yet, so with that I will patiently await a response.THANK-YOU!

AJ

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#6 Post by tmattimore » Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:01 am

AJ Two things. If using a roller check the clearance between the roller and needle and two possibly lower your presser foot. As to needle size that is determined by the thread you are using. As to stitching tops I can offer no help as I don't do that. As a general rule with the 31-15 if something goes wrong change the needle first.
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#7 Post by das » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:39 am

Just chanced onto this source. Nothing exciting to me, but ya'all might find something you just gotta have:

http://www.colonialneedle.com/tools.htm

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#8 Post by marc » Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:26 am

(C5107) the "sickle awl" blades look interesting...

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#9 Post by dw » Thu Jul 22, 2004 6:19 am

Al,

This is the same source we discussed over a year ago...maybe two? It's a great source and worth remembering. I talked to them on the phone, way back then, and got a brochure/catalogue from them. My only reservation was that the prices seemed a bit steep at the time. Now...what with Barnsley gone...the prices might seem a bit more reasonable.

The sickle awls are the "German" awls I've mentioned from time to time. I use them on occasion and if nothing else were available could very easily make the switch from the "English" style. AFAIK they are the "Raische" brand and that's the same awl I had problems with (ruined my tulipwood haft)--an overtempered tang. Only on one awl, though and no problems since but...?

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#10 Post by das » Thu Jul 22, 2004 6:59 am

DW,

Ya think I remember stuff one to two years old? Image

Come to think of it, I do recall us talking about this outfit, but a buddy at work just sent me the link yesterday, so I thought I'd post it. First time I'd seen the website.

Those "German" style sewing awls are handy for certain tasks I find, but I still prefer round holes to diamond ones for strength.

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#11 Post by paul » Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:48 pm

I'm looking for a source for needles for my 31-15.
Anybody got a lead?
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#12 Post by dw » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:44 pm

Paul,

You might give either of these folks a try:

Dunlop Sales
P.O. Box 751
Hopkinsville, KY 42241-0751
voice (800) 626-9200
Needles, misc. sewing machine parts, etc.


Universal Sewing Supply
1011 East Park Industrial
St. Louis, MO 63130
main voice (800) 325.3390

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Re: Needles

#13 Post by Gary Goodwin » Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:18 pm

I'm looking for two things:
Needles for my Landis Straight Needle Stitcher &
SELLARI Non-heating stitching wax

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#14 Post by gordond » Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:52 am

Hello
I am new to this group. Leather article making is still a hobby with me ,but been involved with it since 1980.Seem to spend more time collecting/restoring equipment than anything else.
I am looking for needles for a Singer 97-6 machine.I have asked locally and got a blank response. Singer in the US say that they are available?
In it's manual, they are defined as 97x3, 97x4.
Currently have a few roundpoints left, but am after chisel points. These needles are SIMANCO 180/24 and the last chisel point SIMANCO 25..both around 2& 3/4 " long.
Suitable for a 346 top thread [waxed linen].This machine version does not have the heated wax pot however.
Have read that a Schmetz 794 system will do [but only up to 5/8" sewn thickness ..shorter needles].This will be OK for most of what I want do.

Ideally someone who is familiar with this machine series would help immensely.

Also have a Junkers & Ruhe sole stitcher [SD28], which I am after needles for ....[machine is labelled as a Dania].

NB:Another internet group [iilg]has given me some great leads that I am waiting to hear from.

Thanks
Gordon
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#15 Post by tomo » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:49 am

Hi Gordon,
try Walker Howley in Auckland or Sewingtime on 09 522 0863. Singer needles (SIMANCO) are now made by ???. Sorry can't remember now, it'll come to me. If you want needles for the Junker they are available but not here. I'll contact a friend who has one and let you know.
More power to y'awl.
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#16 Post by dw » Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:01 pm

Welcome to the Crispin Colloquy, Gordon. We're getting our fair shair of Kiwis and Ozzies. Good on ya, mates

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#17 Post by gordond » Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:51 am

Thanks Tom
I'll try ST again..had no luck last time [maybe wrong day and wrong person].I'm in Penrose, Auckland weekdays, so will give Walker a try, only about 2 km away ..thanks for looking into the Junker needles.

And thanks DW for the welcome......


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#18 Post by ridgerunrbunny » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:55 am

Just purchased a Gritzner Sole Stitcher and wanting to know if anyone has had any luck locating needles or having needles modified from other machines? Will probably be in need sooner or later. Sources anyone?

Bunny

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#19 Post by thomd » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:14 am

I am looking for leather needles for a variety of old Singer sewing machines, and finding sources on ebay. Another place that has them is CTSusa.com. I haven't used them yet, but they do have a wide sellection, and great prices.

Most of the needles are designated as sizes like 100/16. The first number is supposed to be an actual needle diameter number in nanometers. That would be useful because one could measure unknown needles and find the size by diameter. I did a conversion for 100 nanometers, and found it was thousandth's of thousandth's of an inch nothing close to the actual diameter. What gives?

Also a question for people with patchers. I have some fine needles for shoes, and will probably leave it set up for those most of the time. I was wondering though, which of the larger needle sizes would be a good additional size to stock for repairs or general leather work. A kind of "if you could only have 2 needle sizes, a 16 and something else larger, on a desert island..." question.

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#20 Post by das » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:22 am

Thom,

If I could have only one machine on your desert island, it'd be a Singer patcher. I've managed to gather a supply of sizes #12, #14, and #16 patcher needles, but if I had to have one other size, maybe a #19, or #23 for heavier work. Because of the 360 degree feed, twist-point "leather" needles are only aligned correctly feeding front to back. If stitching sideways or up the arm, the shape of the holes and alignment is "wrong" and can make the stitching look weird, so do try to lay in some round-point needles to if you like to sew in weird directions with the beastie.

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#21 Post by dearbone » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:01 am

Junker Ruh Needles,

There are limited supply of needles, size 5,6,8
10 needles for 120 USD
20 needles for 225 USD

Here is the contact email, greenmanleather.ca He also mentioned the order is going around 5ish today. good luck.
I have no personal gain here, I was offered the needles,but i don't own a junker.

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#22 Post by jesselee » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:17 am

Nasser,

Thanks. I am in touch with Stephen and was on this in the morning.

Cheers,
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#23 Post by dearbone » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:35 am

Jesse Lee,

I was hoping you you get this post on time,But good to hear you are on it, Now i will be nervous stitching,knowing that each needle cost 12 USD.Image

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#24 Post by jesselee » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:13 pm

Nasser,

I hope all 10 of them behave at that price. But she's an incredible little machine and sews such a fine stitch. I think she's worth it.

Cheers,

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#25 Post by admin » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:39 am

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Hello Stephen here from www.greenmanleather.ca From Ontario! I am emailing to let Junker Ruh SD 28 users know I found a person selling off a shoe business with a supply of Junker Ruh needles. I am working on a bulk order of Junker Ruh Needles. Found 5,6,8 Junker ruh needles.

I know supply is short and 6 of us are buying as much as we can.

Contact us at the above email address for further information. Our order is going in later on this afternoon today or tomorrow so have a think about it. My only interest to to promote the use of this machine as well buying a supply for my own leather work.

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