I was looking for something that can sew heavier stuff (canvas, leather) than my Pfaff 230 and stumbled on Juki lu-563. The price was approx. 120 USD, so I did not ask questions, hopped in the van and took it home. I was mentally prepared for a lot of elbow grease, but it seems to be in better condition than I hoped. It has original 3 phase motor, that should be working. I don't have 3 phase in the office yet, so we'll see once electrician comes. Worst case I just buy 230 servo (I live in Europe). According to seller, machine wasn't used in past 20 years.
Once I seen the inside I am not sure if I want to disassemble it as it might just need a bit of brush and oil. When turned by hand, timing and everything seems fine. It gets a bit sticky when needle goes up (motor belt disconnected). Are there any spots to take better look at with 563? Or would you recommend to disassemble the machine completely? I am not afraid of it, but truth be told I only worked on Pfaff 230.
In manual, it is mentioned that 563 has automatic lubrication for sewing hook components. However it seems I am missing the oil reservoir. Will I get away with just oiling it like you should 562?
Paint on machine bed is flaking a bit. I don't mind aesthetics but it makes hard edges and I would prefer smooth surface. Paint job is quite thick. Did anyone had any luck with restoration? Maybe chemically stripping the paint from the bed and repainting it? Or taking sandpaper and trying to smooth the edges?
There is some part in the parts bin that I can not identify. Any suggestions?
Any other tips on the machine are much appreciated. Or any tips regarding triple feed sewing really.
Have a good day, Marek