Jorge Pantalones

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About Jorge Pantalones

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  • biography:
    Technical Designer, Athlete, Tailor
  • location:
    Front Range, Colorado
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    Right here.
  • talents:
    Pattern Drafting. Rock Climbing.
  • occupation:
    Technical Designer. Tailor.
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    size 30
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    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27
  1. Funny, I just retimed a 42 stitch version of that machine last week. I tune mine the same way I would tune any of our DL-5550's, etc. - or for that matter, just about any lockstitch machine, which is all the bar-tacker really is. That is to say: raise ~2.5mm from bottom dead point & the hook should be meeting the scarf at the top of the eye. Make sure the gap between the two is paper thin (recessed screws on left side of the bed arm just behind the bobbin area) and then, both before you start and after you finish, make sure you have a fresh needle and absolutely perfect thread line. I find these machines are very sensitive to how they're threaded. While you're in there, check the hook for any burrs both by feel and with a magnifying glass. Try not to mess with the thread cutter; it's way more tedious and much less intuitive to fix. A bad combination for sure. Consider also, with 3 layers of denim and T-80 thread, your thread tension and needles (18's likely) are going to be very different from how that machine might normally be tuned. Though timing should remain the same. This seems to be a good, basic timing video. It looks like he's working on a Singer but this same formula will get almost any lockstitch machine tuned well. The timing info starts after the 8 minute mark: Also, this: