Consew 206RB-5 Triple Feed, Heavy Duty, Single Needle
- Extra long stitch - 21/2 S.P.I. (10mm) | Large Bobbin:Bobbin can be changed without removing object being sewn | Tread release finger (for heavy thread) | High presser foot lift - 9/16" (14mm)
- Centralized arm lubrication: Reservoir-oiled hook with micrometric control valve | All gear driven hook mechanism Large horizontal axis hook | Safety clutch with push-button re-engagement | Adjustable reverse stitching can be same length as forward stitc
- Walking feet, needles and other attachments interchangeable with Consew models 226R-2, 255RB-2 | Needle plate, foot and feed dog can be changed for special operations
- Standard attachments easily installed | Compound feed, walking foot mechanism insures even feeding of material
- Locking stitch regulator prevents changes in stitch length from vibration
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For sewing light to heavy-weight materials such as leather, vinyl, upholstery, synthetics, canvas and various coated and laminated products. Designed for stitching such products as auto, boat and furniture upholstery, tarpaulins, covers, sails, tents, camping trailer covers, awnings, umbrellas, tops, bags, luggage, handbags, travelware accessories, sports and camping equipment, wearing apparel, outdoor clothing, canvas shoes, slippers, orthopedic appliances etc. This Package includes a Fully Assembled Table and a Clutch Motor. Features: Extra long stitch - 21/2 S.P.I. (10mm) Large Bobbin. Bobbin can be changed without removing object being sewn Thread release finger (for heavy thread) High presser foot lift - 9/16" (14mm) Centralized arm lubrication. Reservoir-oiled hook with micrometric control valve All gear driven hook mechanism. Large horizontal axis hook Safety clutch with push-button re-engagement Adjustable reverse stitching can be same length as forward stitch Simple adjustment permits raising and lowering of the center foot which allows for sewing different thicknesses of material and thus assures positive stitching Walking feet, needles and other attachments interchangeable with Consew models 226R-2, 255RB-2 Needle plate, foot and feed dog can be changed for special operations Standard attachments easily installed Compound feed, walking foot mechanism insures even feeding of material Locking stitch regulator prevents changes in stitch length from vibration
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This machine only sews a strait stitch with a stitch length of up to 2-1/2 S.P.I. (10mm) and a presser foot lift - 9/16" (14mm) and is made for sewing light to heavy-weight materials such as leather, vinyl, upholstery, synthetics, canvas and various coated and laminated products. Besides weighing 70 to 80 lbs., meaning I will not be taking this to any sewing classes, the triple feed mechanism ensures that there is no slippage of the layers of material (the needle moves the work in unison with the feed dog), the alternating feet will walk over seams and back down and you can apply as much top pressure as needed to keep the material from lifting. In addition there is a lever that is used to reverse direction for lock stitching.
The motor I selected supports variable speed operation with the top operating speed set via menu selection buttons. This speed control allowed me to work at a pace that made handling large pieces of canvas material very manageable. To give this machine a lot more low speed needle punching power I changed the motor pulley from 90mm to 50mm which almost doubles the torque. This thing can easily punch through any amount of canvas that can fit under the pressure foot.
Sewing with this machine is very straight forward and smooth. It only does one stitch and does that extremely well. You don't need to baby this thing for it can pull material through it no matter how much weight you have hanging off the table without changing stitch length or popping needles from weight of the fabric. If you intend to sew everything from thick canvas to leather belts, this type of machine is the way to go. The feed mechanism is too rough to use on light cloth garments, but works great on denim and vinyl. It walks over seams effortlessly.
This machine also needs to be oiled without fail with every eight hours of use or before being used if it has been sitting around unused for a couple of weeks. Oiling is done by placing a drop of oil at various oiling ports and removing access covers to apply oil directly to moving parts as specified in the user's manual. Finally the machine needs to be tilted up to oil the moving parts on the bottom of the machine. You need to have a good supply of sewing machine oil which is an ISO-22 grade spindle oil (mineral oil). I use Lilly White or Mobil Velocite 10 Spindle oil. Oiling is messy so have plenty of paper towels but the oil is clear and washes out of clothes easily.
The bobbin is a type M which is twice as large as a conventional home sewing machine bobbin and holds lots of thread. Changing the bobbin is easy and not much more difficult than on my Pfaff. Threading this machine and setting the tension is strait forward and all the same rules apply that you use on any sewing machine. The machine does not come with a built in bobbin winder and uses a separate gizmo that is installed on the table using the motor belt to run it. When you need to wind a bobbin, you use this device in a similar manner as on your home sewing machine except the needle still stitches so the needle should not be threaded.
It was especially helpful that I bought my machine from an authorized Consew supplier that specialized in industrial sewing machines, since the Consew manuals were poor, for they set me up and instructed me on how to use and maintain the machine. I would definitely buy another sewing machine from them. Email me and I'll be glad to write back their contact information. In addition there are many YouTube videos that will fill in the gaps.
How does it sew? This machine is a power tool that simply gets the job done without complaint or fuss. It is designed to operate 7 days a week 16 hours a day in some global sweat shop without hesitation. Sewing with the Pfaff is a lot more pleasurable but this machine delivers where the Pfaff would come to a grinding halt. I was able to easily sew a new bimini top and boat cover and the money I saved paid for the machine. Of course I did not factor in the labor and all the mistakes I made learning, but I had fun doing so. So if you need to sew some heavier material I highly recommend this machine or one of the many like it.
Takes a bit getting use to because it is a bit louder than what I am accustomed to but it is fine once you get going.
Have not figured out all the needle and thread options yet.Didnt know all that existed and what doesnt work with my machine..
To sum it all up.If you are planning to do any serious leather work invest in the 3000.00 extra heavy duty machine and be done with.