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I have the same machine and am running A&E T-70 through a #21 needle, between 800-1200 SPM?
Along with thread tension as stated above, I had great results by replacing my hook with a new Juki branded one. It costs a few dollars but my stitch was noticeably better.
I also give the machine a good cleaning in the hook area as well as cleaning the gunk out from under the bobbin case spring when I notice problems.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Norway
« on: August 23, 2018, 05:46:50 AM »
Welcome to GearMaker.
There is a wealth of information here, please donít hesitate to ask for advice or information, as we are a very supportive group of like minded people.

On my list of things I donít like to do:

Top stitching after turning right side out, it can be a pain to get the fabric to fold next to the seam line when using 1,000d with 1,000 d. I currently use a long flat screwdriver shoved in the product to coax the seam out.

Repairing old gear, because of ripping old dirty stitches out and then trying to put it back together when the binding feels like it either grew or shrunk. Also because the customer has no idea how much time it takes to modify their gear, for that reason I rarely do these jobs and when I do, itís only only for family or close friends. (Which further reduces my chance of getting paid). LOL

Cutting intricate parts out of fabric, pre-laser. After the laser purchase it was the time consuming part of learning CAD and replicating my existing patterns.

I have a love/hate relationship for repetitive jobs. I time myself for each operation to help stay motivated because a simple one minute operation on a 300 piece order is five hours. Which I recently came to realize while working on my largest order to date.

Replacing zippers for me. I'm actually getting pretty good at it, but I still hate doing them, mostly on puffy jackets where there is a lot of potential movement. I'm sure there are a bunch of things I suck at but don't do often enough to even know it!
I have only replaced a few zippers, for family members, and I used basting tape to hold them in place. Itís a double sided tape that wonít gum up the sewing needle. I use this for various projects when I need parts to stay in place during sewing.

I was too cheap to purchase a $50.00 zipper jig so I bought a $3.00 tack remover and filed open the fork a little bit to hold the slider that I use. I then tore the handle off of the round shank, drilled a hole on the edge of my table on a slight angle. Now I can easily install and remove the tool as needed.

Vendors and sources / Pre wound bobbins
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:57:11 PM »
Hey guys I just wanted to share my new source for pre wound bobbins.
I met the crew at GSI recently and they gave me their literature, so I put together a small stocking order to bring them in.
I have been using pre wound bobbins in my bar tacker for years, and honestly it's a huge time saver.
Full disclosure, I paid full price for these, and I wasn't asked to promote them, I am just passing on a good source.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Ohio
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:53:31 PM »
Welcome aboard.
I really like your choice of liner material.
Keep up the great work!!

Introductions / Re: Hello everyone, I'm Cat.
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:38:52 AM »
Morning Scott,

I really like how you set up your work-space in the main image on your website. I see a dog bed in the corner. Not sure how you keep the dog hair all off the kit. My shop mascots find a way of getting fur on every bit of hook velcro I sew!
Iím fortunate to have a short haired small dog, but I do vacuum my shop weekly if not more. The shop floor is the staging area for larger sized components during runs. My mindset is that it easier to keep my shop floor clean then to have to spend more time cleaning finished products, which happens quickly for chalk and thread ends.

So I use a Juki Lh-3188-7, which is a twin needle split bar, needle feed machine, which works great for a few layers of 1,000d but doesn't feed the material well for thicker build ups or foam. I also have an older Consew 328RB-1 which is a split bar, twin needle walking foot machine, but it is set up for 3/8" gauge so I have never tried binding with it. I would also have to grind off the edge of the inside toe to get the binder close.

Vendors and sources / Re: Textile and equipment trade shows 2017??
« on: September 21, 2017, 11:00:59 AM »
Thanks for your help guys, we have tickets to the IFAI show in New Orleans next week. I look forward to seeing new equipment and processes, I'll share what I can when I get back.

Off Topic / Re: Solar Eclipse
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:16:10 PM »
In Central Washington we got about 95% coverage, it got slightly darker like a cloudy day and cooled off about 5 degrees.
I really thought with that amount of coverage it would have gotten a lot darker, I had my welding helmet with me as well.
In 1979 we got total darkness here, I was just a kid and thought it was that way for everyone. It looks like I should have taken the time and driven a few hours South for this one.

Introductions / Re: Howdy from Texas!
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:59:16 AM »
Very nice gear, keep up the hard work and this could really turn into something for you.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Los Angeles!
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:56:02 AM »
Welcome aboard, and Great Job on your pouch. I too am a big fan of "black and brown".
Keep up the Great work!

Vendors and sources / Great sticker source
« on: May 17, 2017, 06:45:10 AM »
Hey guys I wanted to share a great source for stickers, I had my stickers in hand one week from the time I sent them my artwork, which was in PDF format.
Sticker Mule is their name, let me know if you have any questions.

Great move, I'm happy for you!!
It may not be the perfect machine, but it will bring your product appearance up a notch. It won't be long and you will have the funds to purchase your "ideal" bar tacker.
At first glance it looks like the thread tail coming out of your needle is a little long. You should be able to adjust down the tension on your first set of tension discs, they are the light duty ones prior to your main set of tension discs. This might reduce the thread tail that you have sticking above your tack.
Enjoy, Scott

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