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  1. Hello everyone! I have been reading here for quite some time and finally created an account, great site! Down to business, I recently picked up a consew 206rb-5, I cleaned and oiled the machine and have gone through some adjustments following the manual to a T. My machine is occasionally skipping stitches (maybe 1 in every 10-15 stitches) and the machine occasionally is ripping the top thread as it pulls back up through the material. I am using 69 thread with a size 21 needle. Typically sewing approx 1/4" thick veg tan leather. I would like to get this fixed as I have a family sew servo motor and 6’’ hand wheel on the way from Bob at Toledo industrial Other info: Needle bar height is set per manual Hook timing is set per manual Hook spacing to needle set per manual Needle inserted and aligned properly Feed dog alignment set per manual Needle alignment with feed dog set per manual Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. I wanted to ask for your opinions about some used sewing machines I have an opportunity to buy... I want a good machine that sews thicker thread... These machines have been well serviced in a long standing leather company. I make large totes, wallets, card holders, etc using 3-5 ounce leather. The machines are : Durkopp Adler 267-373 .Consew 146RB Consew 199RB Thank you for any input any one could give me! Barry
  3. Consew 229 help

    Hello. I just picked up a consew 229-r post bed machine for a great price and am looking to learn some stuff about it. I cant find much help with the typical google searches about this particular machine. The machine came with what appears to be an aftermarket top pulley which I assume slowed it down from stock. It still has the original clutch motor and what appears to be the original lower pulley. I am new to sewing and I'd like to slow it down more than it is now for obvious reasons. How would I go about doing a servo conversion or other method to slow it more with these unknown aftermarket parts? Any specific vendor suggestions for this particular scenario? I'm also looking to see what kind of feet/accessories can be had for this machine. Does this use the same foot as another machine where I can get a binding attachments, etc? Here is an imgur album with pics of the machine, motor, pulley, feet. Consee 229-r https://imgur.com/gallery/udP4Pcb Thanks!
  4. Video: https://imgur.com/gallery/5ovdyUa (Sorry about the sound my 3D printer is running in the background. ) i have two questions about the way my 206rb is feeding. I’ve been slowly dialing her in as I learn the mechanics (First part of the video) My first question: is it normal for the feed dog to impact the outer presser foot as it comes up and before the foot lifts? Is this timing or should I grind off the inner back side of the presser foot where it makes contact? When sewing I noticed that my material sometimes gets pressed forward and I think this might be the cause (Second part of the video) My second question: my material is getting pulled and it’s hard to keep it straight. You can see it pulling up (I’m assuming during tensioning) right as the vibrating presser foot hits it’s highest point and begins to come back down. You’ll see the fabric flare up and it pulls it to the side. Can this be fixed?
  5. Consew 339rbl-25p industrial long arm sewing machine. Double needle walking foot with Racing puller attachment with reverse Heavy Duty, High Speed, Two Needle, Lockstitch Machine, Drop Feed, Needle Feed and Alternating (Walking) Presser Feet. Centra-Lube Semi-Automatic Lubrication System, Large Vertical Axis Hooks and Bobbins, Reverse Feed, Safety ClutchThis machine is like new. It has been very well maintained. Sews perfectly. The model tag reads 339rb-3 for some reason but it's a 25" throat and the per Consew the puller attachment adds the p on the end of the what should be 339rbl-25p. Located in St. Louis Can load on a truck or ship. Thanks, Jeremy https://photos.app.goo.gl/FkcP6HGUbyRP4DV59
  6. I have 2 machines with work stations for sale. Consew 206rb-3 and Juki LU-1508N sewing centers. Like new machines in a very well made portable work station that folds up. Each machine is on casters and rolls into a shipping crate that is also on casters. The roof of the shipping crate Unbolts and is used as the ramp for the work station to be pushed into and out of the crate. Setup or teardown takes 5 min with 1 person and no tools. One crate stacks safely on top of the other. Both machines are like new and have been very well maintained. The 206 is missing one of the hinges where the machine head tilts back. Other than that they are both like new. These would be great for someone who has to travel and sew. There's plenty of room for material on the top sides of the machine inside the shipping crate. Asking $2500 for the Juki LU-1508N OBOAnd $2200 for the Consew 206rb-3 OBO I can load on a truck or trailer or I can ship one or both From St. Louis. Thanks, Jeremy https://photos.app.goo.gl/7v1ps9NfktdhQK1S9
  7. Thanks for your help in advance, I'm new to this forum and have only been using my Consew 226 for about a year sewing mostly canvas and sailcloth. I know that's a lot easier than leather but I think many of the same problems occur. I'm amazed at the beautiful leather work shown in this forum. Recently, after I thread the needle and pick up the bobbin thread, when I start sewing the thread somehow escapes from the needle. I know this is physically impossible as I trap both threads before sewing but...it is happening. Of course when the thread escapes the needle the bobbin thread winds around the bobbin case. Excuse me if I'm using the incorrect terminology; please feel free to correct me. That's how I learn. I've changed needles, but the same problem keeps recurring. In the past this occurred infrequently, but now it's happening every time. It's very frustrating as I usually am able to solve most problems. I'm looking forward to learning from some of your wisdom and experience. thanks,] Bill
  8. Can anybody identify this Consew?

    Can anybody tell what this Consew and on the back of that, any idea if it could do leather?
  9. Seen this advert and wondering the model of this consew it looks more like a juki 555 or 8700 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Consew-Industrial-Walking-Foot-Sewing-Machine-for-Spares-parts-HEAD-ONLY/153251002721?hash=item23ae78b961:g:07UAAOSwFZZb43ZD:rk:10:pf:0
  10. Lot of 12 Singer 78-3 and Consew 28 mix

    ***As is where is, new parts may be limited, some machines missing parts*** Does NOT include drip pan, knee lifter, bobbin winder thread stand or any machine trimmings, price is for heads only. Not all machines are complete and some are expected to be used for parts. Some are complete machines as seen.
  11. So, I bought a Consew 206RB-5, and I'm excited to get started. Table showed up preassembled, servo motor looks cool, whole thing seems neat...but, hey, anyone know how to set this thing up? I've read a ton of posts here, and elsewhere, watched near endless videos on Youtube, so, of course, now I know how to assemble the table that came preassembled, and how to thread the machine 80 different ways. Thing is, none of that is how to take the machine from cool parts in a box to actual, working machine. How do I install the bobbin winder? I need to drill new holes? There's a sheet metal housing that, I think, covers the belt, is that so? What are these curved springs with copper wire in them for? Or this wee metal piece lined with cork? Generally, what is all this unexplained crap, and what do I do with it all? And, of course, why is the instruction manual slightly less useful than a screen door on a submarine? I'll take my answers off the air, thank you!
  12. Anyone know where I can buy a replacement red oval Consew label /badge. The original on my 206RB is missing. It was the oval shaped red metal badge, with two mounting holes. New or used is fine. Thanks!
  13. I picked up a used Consew machine today for $180. It included head, table, speed reducer, servo motor, old clutch motor that was replaced by servo, thread and other accessories. It runs but timing is off (I guess) the feed mechanism doesn't advance the material, just shifts back and forth. I am not sure of the model - could not find a model number anywhere, but here are some pictures - maybe someone can help identify it. The hook is in the front (vertical). I figure the speed reducer and servo motor were worth the price I paid. Both seem to be in fine working condition. Thanks for any information. Gary
  14. I found a walking foot machine with reverse that fits my budget ($450). It's the CONSEW 118. I haven't found too much info on YouTube for this machine. The seller claims it was a back-up for him and has been stored indoors for the life of the machine. The pictures seem to support his claim as it is a clean machine. I intend to use this machine for leather wallets, backpacks, messenger bags using thinner leather. I'd like to do some basic holsters and upholstery in the future. I would very much appreciate your honest opinions, especially information regarding; space parts vendors/availability, needle recommendations, where to purchase additional presser feet, etc. Thank you all. Mark in Colorado.
  15. 3 INDUSTRIAL SEWING Machines plus 2 Singer Patching Machines for Parts. Must Pick up and move Former Leather Shop Closed. Priced to Sell ADLER INDUSTRIAL Model 69 Cylinder Sewing machine Includes HEAD, TABLE, MOTOR. Complete in working order needs some cleaning. $1200 SINGER INDUSTRIAL MODEL 153W5V19 Cylinder Sewing Machine Includes HEAD, TABLE, MOTOR. Complete in working order needs some cleaning. $800 CONSEW INDUSTRIAL Model 105 Straight Table Sewing Machine. Includes HEAD, TABLE MOTOR. Complete in working order needs some cleaning. $1200 All machines for $1500 or make best offer.
  16. Consew 206RB-1 Wanted

    I am looking for a consew 206rb-1, 2 sewing machine. This will be my first sewing machine. Done quite a bit of research, having a hard time finding a machine.
  17. Just picked up a Consew 206RB-2

    Hi all, I'm new around here. Thanks to all the knowledge here, I did some research and think a Consew 206RB will suit all my current leather sewing needs. It just so happens that a 206RB-2 showed up about an hour from me and I picked it up last night. They were asking $400 and I got it for $350. If has the original manual, parts list, and whole Consew catalog from that time. It sat for about 2 years after the original owner passed away. His wife was wanting it to be put to good use so she sold it. It's in pretty good shape mechanically. Needs a little cleaning. I have two questions. 1. I've searched around and can't find anything about the time period the 206RB-2s were produced. The manual and catalog didn't have a date and I can't find anything online. Does anyone know the time period for that model? 2. It sat for 2 years and was heavily oiled on the bottom. All that oil picked up a good bit of dust and grime. What is the best way to clean all the parts and re-oil them? i look forward to being a part of this community and learning a lot. Thanks!
  18. Hello! I’m having an issue when sewing leather with the wrong sides together. The picture is the bobbin side of the sewing. I’m not sure what my problem is exactly. Is it my bobbin tension? Or pressure foot pressure? Any insight would be much appreciated. I tried adjusting both but saw no difference.
  19. Consew 206rb-5 issues

    Hi! I've tried searching other threads for answers first (MANY times), but I seem to continue to have issues with my thread tension and I'm dying for some insight. As you'll see in the photos (just a trial run so let's not even talk about how terrible it is haha) one side of the thread seems to be fine, and the back side is always appearing to pull through. It doesn't matter the thickness of material I'm using, and the issue still occurs when I change thread size. I've attempted to bring the tension all the way up/down and adjust a little at a time, but this issue never goes away. I'm threading right, the bobbin is facing the right way, the needle size is correct.. I'm just at a loss. The machine is less than a year old. I'm new to the industrial machine so it's certainly been a learning curve and it could totally be something I'm just overlooking. Any suggestions?
  20. Hello, I need a sewing machine and I would prefer to buy a vintage industrial (or near-industrial) model over the Sailrite LSZ, which is the obvious option for a new machine. I'll be doing mostly marine canvas, upholstery and sail repair, not as much with leather but you guys seem to be the experts on this class of machine... and I will no doubt be doing some leather work as well. I need it to have a zig zag stitch. It does not need to be portable. Quiet operation, good control and simplicity/longevity are the things I value most. I would plan to replace any clutch motor with a servo motor like the Consew CSW100. I think the Consew 99 or 199 or the Pfaff 138 could fit the bill. I'm sure there are a number of other models that I should consider as well. What other vintage models and brands should I be on the lookout for? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Jack
  21. Consew 227R

    Consew 227R, not sure of age but in good working order. Speed reducer, table, flat top attachment. Moving shop to a smaller location or it would not be for sale. I am out of room. Pick up in Western, NC. $1050.00
  22. Hey what's up everyone... I'm trying to decide on what consew flatbed walking foot machine best suits me. I guess what I'm looking for is the one with more bobbin thread capability and that will sew with 69 thread to 277. Oh and for sure reverse and the highest foot lift clearence available... I've had a couple of 111ws 225s and one 226..got rid of all of them(I like to fix em) anyways I'm thinking of 206rb5, p1255rb, p1206rb, p1206rb7, or are there any other ones out there, or are some of them the same head(whats the difference)??? Oh I'm thinking of sewing wallets and belts. Currently I have a cobra 4 a singer 31-20 and a 7630r, anyone ever sew leather with this machine?
  23. Hello all. I am looking for an older, affordable, walking foot machine capable of doing wallets, bags, belts, and the like. Something along the lines of a consew RB-1; pfaff 145; pfaff 545. I'm located in the Chicagoland area but doing mind traveling a bit to pick something up. Please let me know if you have, or come across, anything that you think might work for me. Thank you.
  24. Consew 339 RB-1?

    Hello everyone, About a year and a half ago I got some great info from you all on a 1916 Singer 45k52 that I had picked up. That machine is working very well sewing heavy belts, holsters, knife sheaths, and small accessory bags. I love the 45k but no one makes accessories for 100 year old machines. So now I'm looking for something a little more modern and lighter weight for sewing lighter and softer leathers. I was thinking about a 206 RB but, while browsing online I found a Consew 339 RB-1. It's a 2 needle machine. Questions: 1. Can a 2 needle machine be used with just 1 needle at a time? 2. Can It sew lighter, softer leathers such as, 2oz upholstery or garment, without skipping stitches. 3. How much can it sew through/handle? For example, 2 layers of 2oz upholstery with nylon webbing sandwiched between them? How about 1 or 2 layers of 6oz veg? 4. Is there anything to watch out for with a 2 needle machine? Is it much different than a single needle? I appreciate all of the advice I got last time. It was a huge help. Hopefully someone has some good info for me on this one too.
  25. After months of reading hundreds of forum topics and opinion articles, I'm finally breaking down and just asking outright. I'm looking for the "perfect" machine to be able to handle the types of handbags I make. At the moment, I do most of my construction with rivets and a non-walking foot Juki (terrible, I know) to skirt around forking out so much money for a proper machine, but the time has come. About my bags: I work primarily with 3-4 and 5-6 oz chrome and veg tanned leather. My current bag designs are simple and primarily rivet based (photos below), but I'm expanding to a line of bucket bags and backpacks that my poor tired flatbed has simply refused to sew. I would have to make drastic adjustments to the pattern that will chop up my minimalist design. A few months ago, I sold my cylinder arm Juki LS-321 (needle fed) because, aside from the needle feed mechanism not liking my seam overlaps, for the life of me - I could not get the thing to stitch straight unless I stitched as slowly as possible and held the leather tight from both the front and back. I have 6 years of rather intensive sewing experience on a flatbed, and tried to work with the LS-321 beast for a year so I don't think it was a learning curve issue, but I might be wrong. Now, my question is this: Is it possible to stitch handbags with a flatbed, or is it best to get a cylinder arm and a good flatbed platform for it? Further, what make and model do you recommend that is between $1-2k (preferably on the lower end) and has a good resource base of attachments that make production easier? I know this question has been asked a thousand times, but all of the topics I've read have had some caveat or compared craigslist ads they had found.