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Only thing I can think of it shorten the feet posts by the same amount, I’d buy a cheap set to experiment with.
I have found the best servo motors to buy have a digital controller that allows you to adjust speed and needle position. Mine can be cranked up to the highest speed yet still crawl one stitch at a time when needed. Don’t know if you can add one to your motor but if you can they are well worth it. ht...
At the risk of sounding like a skipping record.... learn how to check your hook timing. A good cleaning and oiling always helps and if you have been sewing through glue or tape a lot check for sticky residue on the needle/ hook assembly. It doesn’t take much to get the timing off if your pounding th...
I had a similar problem the other day, figured out I used mismatched feet and the heights were different causing feed problems, put the proper pairs in and problem solved.
I also have a Juki 1541, my bets are
1) the timing is off
2) hook too far from needle
3) your thread is wound too tight on the spool and requires too much effort to unspool.
For straight line projects I will use Tyvec paper (house wrap) it’s thin, cheap and resists flexing and stretching. For curved shapes I use boat top clear, the nice part is you can see through.
A longer throw for the rod from the treadle to the clutch and or a different pulley will help but...... servo motors are relatively cheap, easy to install and just work awesome. You won’t be sorry.
I’d try increasing the foot tension and see if that helps.
How do you like it? Faster than shears?
I hav e 2 sets of Wiss shears, every now and again I add a couple drops of mineral oil on them and wipe it in, the mineral hasn’t stained any of the fabrics I use (yet). There’s sewing machine mechanic that sharpens shears who comes to town a few times a year, I alternate mine and they generally get...
My Juki came with a oil bottle with a long nose that you could probably buy at any dollar store, it also came with a couple quarts of mineral oil (for the pump) so I just use that.
I had a Phaff 145 and it was a great machine and around here you would expect that to be worth the $600 so it would be a 2 for 1 deal. I would jump on it and sell one of them off.
I find some of my problems are self induced, things like changing foot pressure or putting in a bobbin that’s isn’t wound tight enough (or too tight) changing needle and getting the wrong one or running through a lot of basting tape and gumming up the needle. Try to remember if you made any changes ...
Same as Sandmanred, no experience with this but I would think a compound feed machine and the smallest sharp needle you can use for that thread may help. Another thing you could try is printer paper or mashing tape over the perforations and rip it off on the dotted line when done, may be fiddeldy ge...
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