I recently purchased an industrial sewing machine; a Chandler DB-J704.
I've contacted Chandler and they don't have any manuals for it. Then i hunted other places online for it with no luck.
I was hoping someone here could help me out. I have a long list of projects that I'd love to get started on once I learn out to actually use the machine!
I can't find anything about this machine anywhere. Fortunately, all their models appear to be very basic machines, but there are things to consider about industrial machines which don't apply to domestic machines. (type of motor, clutch, lubrication method, etc)
Maybe you could advertise on craigslist that you need someone to show you how to run this machine and include pictures of the motor and the machine, front and back.
Talk to other sewers in your area, find out who they would recommend for machine repairs. Then contact that person and ask them if they have ever worked on a Chandler. If not see if they could suggest a contact. I've sewn over 50 years and have found the best repair people aren't always the dealer "sanctioned" ones.
AMEN to that one Mittsy!! Once upon a time the Viking "repairman" in our town was so bad that Viking was going down the tubes! When a NEW guy/ company got that job, WOW!!! I suddenly loved my machine! I had been ready to trade it in and get something else I was so dissatisfied with it.
Mom actually stumbled onto an older gentleman that repaired machines, after talking to the owner of a jewelry store when she took her rings in to be cleaned. She had taken Gma's treadle machine apart and needed replacement parts and another piece that had broken.
I agree with Mittsy, sometimes those 'off the beaten path' shops are the best places for service. I can remember quite a few older men that would do repair work from their home, on cash terms. The coolest one we ever went to, was an older German man who repaired our pendulum wall clock. He lived on a back road in a huge old country house by himself, did odd jobs for cash. The living room and parlor was filled with all sorts of clocks, we spend most of the afternoon visiting, as he showed us his collections.. didn't hardly charge us anything to fix our clock, as it was a minor adjustment and cleaning..
Sort of like the old diners and truck stops for really good homecooked food. Speaking of which... on our trip back from KC, we stopped for gas at one of those big truck stops, 9pm... there was a huge buffet there with ham steaks cut at least 1" thick or more. Looked like they were just hacked off the hambone! No pretty slices at that place, and the fried chicken pieces were quarter chickens - no individual legs, thighs, etc. If I recall, the price was like 11.99 for the buffet. We just ordered off the menu, as good as it all looked, it was too late to be eating that heavy! But those truckers were filling up on it and doing take-out, too.
Is there one of those shops that embroider jackets, hats, etc., around you? Maybe they could share a name of a repairman that may help or suggest another place to check out.?