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Anyone familiar with the Consew 18 sewing machine. Any info it’s capabilities you could share on it would be appreciated. Thanks

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Here's a link to a manual.  Consew keeps a good library but I also use manualslib.com

I had one that I got from a musty basement.  Rusted solid when I got it.   Brought it back to life and it worked great.  I think it runs up to a 23 needle?  About 5 stitches per inch max.  The needle it specified was not a easy one to find now but a needle bar adjustment let me adapt it to a readily available needle.  I think it offered a differential feed, so you could over or underfeed the top layer of fabric relative to the bottom.  It didn't do anything for me so I just ran the top and bottom feeds synched up.

http://www.consew.com/Files/112347/InstructionManuals/18.pdf

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1 hour ago, sandmanred said:

Here's a link to a manual.  Consew keeps a good library but I also use manualslib.com

I had one that I got from a musty basement.  Rusted solid when I got it.   Brought it back to life and it worked great.  I think it runs up to a 23 needle?  About 5 stitches per inch max.  The needle it specified was not a easy one to find now but a needle bar adjustment let me adapt it to a readily available needle.  I think it offered a differential feed, so you could over or underfeed the top layer of fabric relative to the bottom.  It didn't do anything for me so I just ran the top and bottom feeds synched up.

http://www.consew.com/Files/112347/InstructionManuals/18.pdf

Thanks for the info and the link

 

 

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Isn’t the 18 a copy of the Singer 16-188?  I’m not 100% sure - someone who actually knows will probably chime in.    At least some parts appear to cross reference between the two machines.

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I have heard this but not sure.

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The Singer 78 / Consew 28  have a driven top feed and needle feed but no feed dog (does not mark the leather on the bottom side). Max. stitch length is approx 8 - 8.5mm (not many in this class have such a long stitch length), machine has no reverse and foot lift is approx 8mm. Max. needle size is 140. Problem is you barely find feet and parts for this machine and the few you find are very expensive. I owned one. But it is a really cool machine IMO but other than the stitch length it hat no advantages to my 111G156. But it was a pleasure to play with - really. If you can get one cheap buy it and try it out.

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Corrected Consew model from 18 to 28 as per follow-up comment. The Consew 18 is different.

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4 hours ago, Constabulary said:

The Singer 78 / Consew 18  have a driven top feed and needle feed but no feed dog (does not mark the leather on the bottom side). Max. stitch length is approx 8 - 8.5mm (not many in this class have such a long stitch length), machine has no reverse and foot lift is approx 8mm. Max. needle size is 140. Problem is you barely find feet and parts for this machine and the few you find are very expensive. I owned one. But it is a really cool machine IMO but other than the stitch length it hat no advantages to my 111G156. But it was a pleasure to play with - really. If you can get one cheap buy it and try it out.

Thanks for the information. I am anxiously waiting on it to arrive. Just got it to play with and maybe do really light stuff with small needle and thread. Will it handle 92 thread

 

 

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I have to apology -  I mixed up Consew 18 and Consew 28 - Singer 78 is similar to the Consew 28 but not to the 18 - I`M SORRY!

I think DonInReno is right - the Consew 18 is like the Singer 16-188

Again - sorry - my bad! So forget what I have written. :whistle:

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I had the Consew 18 for short while but I'm pretty sure it will handle T135 all day long and I think I even tried some T210 with a 24 needle but had a modified needle plate to allow the bigger needle to pass.  92 should be no problem.

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3 hours ago, sandmanred said:

I had the Consew 18 for short while but I'm pretty sure it will handle T135 all day long and I think I even tried some T210 with a 24 needle but had a modified needle plate to allow the bigger needle to pass.  92 should be no problem.

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3 hours ago, Constabulary said:

I have to apology -  I mixed up Consew 18 and Consew 28 - Singer 78 is similar to the Consew 28 but not to the 18 - I`M SORRY!

I think DonInReno is right - the Consew 18 is like the Singer 16-188

Again - sorry - my bad! So forget what I have written. :whistle:

No problem

 

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