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    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Vintage sewing machines, and now my Consew 206RB-3. I hope to learn about sewing leather in order to help my wife in her crafting endeavors. First, I'll need to learn more about my machine.

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    None just yet. Sewing first.
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    Consew 206RB-3
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    Googling a question about sewing leather.

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  1. Hi Ian - I found a few of your posts on here concerning your Singer machine.  I'm wondering what, if any, updates you have of getting it going.  I am on the market for a cylinder bed machine and have been in conversation with someone who has a Singer 153w103.  She is getting it serviced and is sending me updates on its progress. 

    Im just interested in hearing your feedback on the machine, have you gotten yours up and running and if so, what are you using it for?




  2. I see, and aligned more vertical with the pull-point on the motor's lever. Makes sense. Ian, SF Bay Area
  3. Thank you all for the feedback! And Yetibelle, that's a great suggestion! It's true that mine has an older look, and the cast-iron may match well, provided it attaches properly. Greg, your suggestion looks to be what I recall as my table's original pedal. Just what are those "extensions"? Do they go from the pedal to the motor? I have a link-chain that I'm sure is for the presser-lift pedal. I also have a rod with hook-end, with a clamp that I think is meant to hold two rods (for length adjustment), but I'm missing one of those rods. Ian, SF Bay Area
  4. Are they something Toledo carries, or are they more an item I'd have to source through the catch-as-catch-can parts community? I'll only need the motor-pedal, as my wife seems not to use the knee-lift on her Chandsew, and would probably have no use for the foot-lift on this machine. Ian, SF Bay Area
  5. My Singer 153W103 came with what I figure must be an older table. It is much more light-weight than the K-leg table for my Chandsew. As can be seen in the photo, it uses a tubular bar for its pedal support, but I don't have the pedal. Can the original pedal-type be found easily (and cheaply) enough, or is there some option for a pedal replacement when i get a servo motor for this machine? Ian, SF Bay Area
  6. Thought I'd tie this thread up with a couple of "after" photos. I've only been able to "dry fire" this machine. It's advancing material as it should - thanks to Uwe's videos showing what I need to look for. As it turns out, I don't have the proper bobbins for this machine, so haven't tested it with thread. There are a few other parts needed: a thread guide (the lower of the two at the thread tensioner), and maybe a few new screws to replace those whose heads are rather worn. I'll have to order a servo motor setup from Toledo, but even before that, I'll have to source pedals for the stand. There are two that are used, one for the moor and one for the presser lift. That should put me into usability territory. There may be an issue with the hook to needle adjustment, as I have the hook as close to the needle as the hook guard will allow, but it seems not quite close enough. Though, if it works well, I won't worry about that. Lastly, I'd like to encourage anyone thinking of making similar repairs to do so. I learned a lot and enjoyed it all. I picked up the machine about 3+ years ago for $150, and with another $100 in parts, I may have a machine that will work well for a good many years. Thanks for all the help! Ian, SF Bay Area
  7. That's the video I mentioned! It has really helped me understand much of what I need to know. Thanks! I had the idea of looking for images of this machine online, and found a few that allowed me to guesstimate where things needed to be (one of them, the one that really helped, was one of MADMAX22's - thanks MM22!) Your further instructions above helped ice the cake, Uwe. I can see that I'm pretty much back to where I was before loosening that screw (what I call "All part of the learning process - doh!"). Thanks again! Ian, SF Bay Area
  8. OK - new issue! I'm now trying to adjust the presser feet. I have had some luck in understanding the process and did make a few adjustments that seemed the right ones. However! I loosened the screw (A) on the shaft that actuates the presser feet, and now I'm having difficulty grasping the process for getting back to square one (or, ideally, to where I want to be: with presser feet properly timed to the feed dog and each other). I'm trying to find a correlation between two parts: the position of the shaft (B) (and so, by extension, the position of the arm in the body of the machine that activates it) and (C) which is where it all comes together in the timing of the presser feet. I'm again looking for an equation that has part (B) in a specific position, so that part (C) can be adjusted to be in proper time with it. I'm stumped. Granted, I may get it eventually, but it's a real head-scratcher. There is a three part correlation where all three points depend on each other for the whole to work properly. I haven't found anything in the manual that pertains to this adjustment. Ian, SF Bay Area
  9. Before beginning further adjustments today (and before that, continuing the process of acquiring the knowledge to do so), I've been Googling Walking Foot Adjustment, and found not much info. But I did find a Youtube video that, while for a Juki LU-563, was just the type of online instruction I felt I needed. I bookmarked the "page" and had every intention of sharing this link, as I was very impressed with its production quality. Only then did I notice, Uwe, that it was one of yours! Excellent instruction; great visuals. Remarkable that so much information can be shared without a single spoken word of dialog (clear text of the step by step instructions is used).
  10. Uwe - Perfect! Well, this is a much clearer manual than one I was using, and quite a bit more complete. Now it will be a matter of understanding what I'm reading. I have made progress, though. Trial and error progress, to be sure. I've been able to to adjust feed dog timing to match the needle. That took hours. Now, I'm hoping your instructions include those for adjusting that cam, which times the proper up-and-down motion of the feed dog. Edit: To be clear, that cam does indeed time the feed-dog's up and down motion, but it is in relation to the position of the needle, and, I presume (I haven't got that far) the vibrating presser foot. I need to know just when the feed dog should be just rising above the needle plate - and, by extension, just when the feed dog should clear (fall below) the needle plate. Or, as a perhaps simpler way to put it: when the cam lobe is in its full position (feed dog at max height), where would the feed dog be in its back-and-forth position? The manual does not appear to include the instructions for timing the cam (unless I'm missing something, which might certainly be the case). I'll tackle this tomorrow. Thanks! Ian, SF Bay Area
  11. I'm in the process of essentially rebuilding the feed-dog mechanism of my 153W103, having purchased new parts, now installed, but that await proper adjustment. I'm hoping someone might have input on where to start with with timing of the feed-dog mechanism. This machine suffered what appears to have been a catastrophic failure that resulted in a few broken parts. The hook timing does not appear to have been affected (and that's fairly straightforward). I've replaced the parts, but must now time the up-and-down movement of the feed dog, as well as its back-and-forth movement. I'm hoping for that instruction that states, in so many words, something like: "With Part A aligned with Part B, ensure that Part C is aligned with Part D". In the above example, I see "Parts A and B" being a hook-timing position (my starting point, unless I'm shown that I should start with some other starting-point position) with Part C (in my case, the cam that activates feed-dog lift) needing to be properly positioned when Parts A and B are in said starting-point position. At this same time (if things are as simple as this), Part D (if you will), the Rock/Lift Shaft, should be at 'such and such' position. Sorry if this is asking for a bit much. In my mind, it seems a rather simple equation, and I may just get there on my own, but I would think a service manual (as opposed to an operating manual), which I don't have, would show these correlations. That would sure simplify the process for me, and save me from having to "reinvent the wheel" in terms of the detective work required. I'm including photos, and hope that these may help clarify my issue, as well as provide some resource for anyone contemplating the same adjustments on a cylinder-arm machine of their own. I'd be happy to provide more photos, and I'm at that point where most of what I've done can be undone to any stage for further visual clarification. In short: I need help in understanding the timing of the feed dog as it relates to the cam and rock/lift shaft. First image is of the area in question. Second image shows the cam-activated feed-dog lift (I need to time the lift). Third image shows the cam that activates the feed-dog lift (this is what I need to adjust and lock in place). Fourth image is of the rock/lift shaft that provides the back-and-forth movement of the feed-dog (this also needs to be timed and locked in place). Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. And, please, if you're in the same boat, ask of me any questions you might have - I just may have some insight after having got this far with my project! Ian SF Bay Area
  12. Thanks, Uwe, for the quick turn-around on the parts! They arrived yesterday. I'll no doubt be posting about how this project proceeds, now that I have the parts to ensure a big step in the right direction. Ian SF Bay Area
  13. Just as a matter of course, Bob, I should have contacted you, as I have done business with TI before, and, as I'll end up wanting another servo-motor setup from you to drive my machine, I'll be in touch! Ian SF Bay Area
  14. For the benefit of others in my position, that of needing help with parts and info for, in this case, a Singer 153W103, I'd like to acknowledge both Eric and Uwe for their quick responses to my inquiries. I'm sure I'll be getting back to the forum with other questions and comments, and perhaps the news that I've successfully brought "back to life" a notable machine. Ian SF Bay Area
  15. Uve,

    Thanks for the offer! I'd like to take you up on that. Are the parts readily available, do you think? I'm afraid of going through the time and expense of getting ahold of some, but not all. I'd then be no closer to a working machine.

    As I've mentioned, these are the only parts I've found that need replacing, but after installing them, I may find I need another - do you know if parts are so readily available that I can get back to you should the need arise? That'd be awesome.

    How best to go about ordering from you?

    Ian McInnis

    137 15th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402

    (650) 759-0287 imcinnis@comcast.net

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