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Message Board > Sewing Machines > CHANDLER ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/21/13 1:12 PM

Hey there guys!!
I'll start off by saying, my Mum used to own an alterations shop for many years... I ended up getttin her industrial sewing machine. Which came/used from the Army. The brand name is Chandler.

IDK if anyone here has heard of that brand... I find very little information via online, when searching. ANYWAYS....

I've started to make 'heavy duty' dog collars.
I use both polypro or nylon webbing.

This machine has crazy power and can go through some thick stuff... but for some of the things I want to sew,the lever foot doesn't seem to allow the room... I was wondering if there was anything I could do ?? Here are some examples...
(showing I cant make a heavy 2-ply polypro collar.) footlever is up,at its max.


1 layer covered heavy-polypro. ( Its been worn, don't mind the dirt LOL.

This is 2 layers heavy nylon(leash) that it sews through just fine. thats about as thick as I can get through there.



Heres 1- ply heavy nylon with 1 ply (super thin) polypro .. which it sews fine except for the ends where I'm sewing through both layers.. it loops up from time to time.




I did get this to go through but... yea..LOL.


Anyways. Im curious to see what I could to to increase the lever space. I have no doubt this machine can do what I want it to do... POWER wise. Just need some guidance.

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Date: 8/21/13 8:52 PM

Hard to believe NO ONE here knows if it's possible to make it higher or not... :/

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Date: 8/21/13 9:07 PM

Your machine is gorgeous and I am SO jealous! However, I doubt you can create more room under the presser foot without major work on the machine. I wouldn't do it if I were you...
It looks like it is forming beautiful stitches through that tough material without skipping stitches...

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Date: 8/21/13 9:12 PM

Do you see a model number somewhere? Can you measure the distance from the bottom of the presser foot to the needle plate with the foot in up position?

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Date: 8/22/13 6:30 AM

When your pressure foot is all the way up, it activates your top tension device to make it think you want to take your fabric out. So no top tension then, thread loopies on the back and all that stuff. So just because it's a commercial kind of machine with motor under the table does not mean it the best one or made for sewing thick parachute nylon straps folded over many times.

I guess you could do some other things, like take out the pin in the back of your tension device so it was just clamped closed all the time, but that would not get you more space, or make the machine sew though more easy, it would get you no bottom loppies though doing the same if it fit in there. Also might hurt the machine in the end, as just not really made for that, that way, and then hard to take you fabric out too. You could also stick a low shank pressure foot on there instead of the high shank one, just for some more space, but that really just does not change what something is at all, it just is kind of what it is. If it was mine, I would just use it more for what it was, and then if wanting to sew though all that stacked up parachute strap stuff that way, get something more made to handle it instead, with like more space in there, and upper feed and all that kind of stuff even.

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Date: 8/22/13 9:59 AM

Kamikazi, I would like to throw you a word of caution and I do not intend to offend anyone. Do not remove the pin from the tension mechanism. That just creates another problem. The act of the presser foot riding up over thick fabric wont activate the pin anyway. It is activated by whatever lever you use to lift the presser foot. Hand or knee. Using a low shank foot just means your fabric won't feed properly.
Your presser foot height should be adjusted to give you maximum lift and still make proper contact with the needle plate. There might be a possibility that yours could be raised a smidge. Try also releasing the pressure on the foot. That's the big silver screw on top of the machine on the left. Don't go too far or your fabric won't feed.
beauturbo was absolutely correct in saying that an industrial machine can't do all jobs. They are very specifically designed. Hope this helps a bit.

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Date: 8/22/13 11:17 AM


Try using the "Humper Jumper" that is used to sew on blue jeans. It lifts the presser foot before and after when you cross a seam allowance so just use it before you start a seam and after so it does not drop at the end of the seam that you are sewing.

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Date: 8/22/13 1:29 PM

I don't know if this machine is one, but many industrial machines have the option to lift the presser foot with a knee lever instead of the hand lever behind the sewing head. Usually the knee lift will give more space under the presser foot than the hand lever will. Check and see if this is the case with your machine.

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Date: 8/22/13 7:03 PM

The raised foot height can be adjusted, but I don't know how. I had the tech do it to my Pfaff the day I bought it.

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Date: 8/23/13 1:00 AM

Thank you All for your replies! I will try to hook up the knee press. Just really upsetting because I know the machine can do it.. dang it LOL.I don't really want to sell it and get another industrial.. but maybe thats what I have to do ;( I was reading up on the A singer called 'Light Weight' or 'feather weight' machine.. that I could possibly buy and keep this green machine.. Not sure if that could handle what I want to do tho.
I don't have a buncha money to throw down on a machine. I guess we shall see.

Anyone have any recommendations on machines that could do what I'm looking to achieve? I know Vintage is the way to go. Didn't know if there were some vintage models that could do what I wanted with out breaking my bank LOL.

Someone said I could get about 700$ outta this Chandler...idk how true that is. But I could put that towards a vintage... I'd rather NOT, but If it was an only option.

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