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  1. Pintodeluxe

    Servo motor

    I have a 563, and added the Family / Rex type servo Wizcraft linked to above. Mine uses a 45mm pulley and it worked just fine that way. Then I added a box-style speed reducer, and it can sew ridiculously slow or normal speed. The speed reducer was almost overkill, but it's nice to have punching power on thick seams and intersections. I don't have the needle positioner, and really don't think I need one (with or without the speed reducer). Good luck and happy hunting!
  2. Pintodeluxe

    slow speed

    I've run Juki walking foot machines with and without a speed reducer. I like both just fine. If I was setting up a machine with servo only, I would for sure install a 45mm motor pulley. They cost about $2 on eBay. Good luck.
  3. Pintodeluxe

    Changing pulley on a Family Sew motor

    The 45mm pulleys I got off eBay were about 2 bucks each, and fit the Rex / Family servo just right. If it's not easy to modify, just order another pulley. Good luck.
  4. Pintodeluxe

    Paint match Consew Grey?

    On the 226 and 206 machines, I've been surprised how often Rustoleum Dark Bronze hammered spray paint is a dead ringer for the factory gray. The best thing to do is get a couple different colors from at least two brands, and spray a piece of cardboard with each color. Let it fully dry and hold it next to the machine to see which matches. You shouldn't have to repaint the whole head, just remove the parts you can, and mask the rest. Then blend the colors with no sharp lines anywhere. I've also noticed the underlying color affects the finished color. So I usually spray it with gray primer first, then the hammered paint. Regarding the cover plate... they are widely available from sewing shops or Ebay. Good luck!
  5. Pintodeluxe

    Is tension discs wear an issue?

    I have sanded them smooth with emery cloth. If they're grooved it's best to replace them. When tension's not right on a sewing machine... nothing's right.
  6. Pintodeluxe

    Pfaff 1245 Thread jam

    I would spend a few minutes trying to rule out a thread problem first. Thread stand and threading path look good? Any thread caught in the bobbin case area? Did it get knocked out of time again with the thread jam?
  7. That's a good question. Can you add a picture of the right side of the head? I'd like to see if there's a bracket for the reverse lever there. It's usually black, and functions as a limit for the reverse lever travel. Here is a related post you might find useful.
  8. You don't want to remove or bypass the reverse springs on a 563. You can hook up a foot pedal reverse via light chain. The simplest way is to operate it with your right foot. I have one on my 563, but ended up unhooking the chain because it's a hassle to remove when you need to tip the machine back. Plus it's super awkward to use your right foot. I learned on a machine with a left foot reverse so that feels more natural to me. However, it requires a rod with bearing blocks to locate the pedal on the left. It wasn't worth the effort for me. I actually really like the large reverse lever on the 563. It's so big you can't miss it.
  9. Pintodeluxe

    Juki LU 563 or new Sailrite Fabricator?

    I might be biased because I use a Juki 563 as my primary machine. It is built like a tank for an upholstery weight machine. I never weighed it, but it feels a good 5-8# heavier than a comparable Consew or Pfaff. I had been running it with a servo, and it worked great. I added a box style speed reducer recently, and it really feels powerful and easy to control now. If you look at the details of how a 563 is put together, it's quite impressive.
  10. Pintodeluxe

    Box Type Speed Reducer

    I highly recommend this type of speed reducer. I've had the standard double wheel variety of speed reducer before, and depending on where it's mounted you may not be able to tip your machine head back. With this box style reducer, everything sits in just the right spot. No new holes in the table, and you can still tip your machine back normally. They perform great!
  11. Pintodeluxe

    consew breaking top thread on 4 layers not 3

    Needle bar thread guide in place and intact?
  12. Pintodeluxe

    New Indian Scout Tank bib

    That is gorgeous! The color and texture of the leather play so well against that shiny red paint.
  13. Pintodeluxe

    Pfaff 145

    Do the feed dogs seem like they're set really high? I've used machines that seemed to push the material forward slightly before feeding it backward. After going through the entire timing and adjustment routine, it was just the feed dogs set too high. That's the first thing I would check. Is this a CLPMN version 145 or something else?
  14. I've had a Consew 226's and they are an elegant machine. I too like the push down to reverse. I also had an older brown 1245 and was really impressed with it. The 1245 was one of the few machines that I feel as good sewing on as my Juki LU-563. Big bobbin top loaders. That's where it's at for me. The Pfaff has that. My 1245 built in bobbin winder didn't do a very good job (no tension discs) so I used a table mounted winder. My advice... Do your next two projects without thinking about it. Whatever machine you sit down at is the one to keep. Sometimes stats don't matter as much as what you like. Good luck with a tough decision.
  15. Pintodeluxe

    Building a table for Consew 206 RB —Help!

    I've made a custom tabletop for a Consew before, and it can be done. Mine was for a 226, but it's the same size opening as a 206rb. If you're handy with woodworking tools, it's easily managed. However, if it seems like more work than it's worth... it just may be! I had all the right tools and bits in my shop, so I decided to make a custom opening to fit my machine. I have switched the machine out since then, but still use that same table to this day. To size the opening, just make it slightly longer and wider than your machine. Here is my detailed blog on the subject with photos... Good luck!