Reliable 2000U-33 Barracuda Portable Zig-Zag Walking-Foot Sewing Machine
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- Zig-zag walking-foot sewing machine with maximum speed of 800 rpm
- Spring-loaded reverse; oscillating shuttle hook; built-in speed reducer for higher torque
- Piping foot, outside zipper foot, and high-lift walking foot; top and bottom feed
- Includes foot controller and 12-1/2-by-6-inch extension table with 2 folding legs
- Measures 14 by 7 by 12 inches; 3-year limited warranty
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This machine does not come with a carrying/storage case. the Sailrite does, and the case is a bit over $100 to buy separately.
This machine comes with a very basic manual. I think the Sailrite comes with several reference manuals which look like they could be very helpful.
I emailed customer service at Reliable (its in Canada) before buying this machine and got a courteous reply to my question within an hour (I had asked the motor size - it wasn't listed anywhere I could find it online - it is 1.5 amps). A thorough online search leaves no doubt the customer service on Sailrite is top notch.
I had no trouble sewing multiple layers of heavy fabric with the Reliable 2000U Barracuda machine. It went through 8 layers of Topgun plus a layer of webbing without a hitch. Using the Sailrite anchor riding sail kit and the Barracuda sewing machine, making an anchor riding sail was a breeze! The clutch did not slip at all.
My wife's regular sewing machine is an old Singer Featherweight. It is both beautiful to look at and a pleasure to work with.Read more ›
The short answer: The Barracuda is NOT the same exact machine as the current version of the Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine.
Recognize that the above video refers to the "V-2" machine that Sailrite currently offers. V-2 assumedly refers to "version 2" of the machine. Prior to the introduction of the V-2 machine, the Sailrite machines appeared to be virtually identical to the "look alike" machines being offered by Reliable and several other distributors. (Look for the silver bobbin cover/foot plates to identify the newer Sailrite V-2 machines versus the black plates on the older Sailrite models and all of the current "look-alikes").
Maybe more important than the physical enhancements made to the machine by Sailrite, are the mechanical fine-tuning and adjustments made by Sailrite prior to offering the machines to their customers.
That being said, I recently purchased the Reliable Barracuda from Amazon for $499. I researched everything I could, and made the enhancements that I deemed were needed to bring the Barracuda up to par with the Sailrite machine. Most notedly, I bought the Sailrite Monster 2 posi-pin wheel and posi-pin drive shaft flange directly from Sailrite for about $170 or so. Other miscellaneous parts and accessories added another $75-$100. I built my own custom case for around $50.
After making the enhancements to the machine, and using it on a couple of large projects for my boat, I am happy with the Barracuda.Read more ›
I received mine a week ago and have just done a couple of practice projects with 1" webbing and 6-8 oz. duck. I'm finding that the machine gets hung up often. I initially thought it was from using the wrong sized needle or simply too much fabric. Through experimentation culminating with turning by hand with no fabric or thread, I've found that the clutch mechanism in this thing can barely overcome the mechanical resistance of the spring-loaded walking presser foot, even when not actually sewing. I followed the manual instructions and rotated the clutch washer 180º and I guess it's another one of those help suggestions designed simply to waste your time.
I've ordered the Sailrite Monster II balance wheel and, based on my initial experiences, think a modification like that is an absolute necessity. It's not a refinement or luxury but a requirement for this machine to be functional as the factory clutch is pure rubbish. Right now, I have it cranked down so tight I can't unscrew it, but it still slips constantly.
My only other complaint is minor. The foot controller is pretty flimsy but that's not a surprise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful machine! I'm making heavy duty dog toys with many layers of fabric, vinyl, and Kevlar, and this machine sews them with ease. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wk
Right now I think it's a piece of s*^t!!!!! I am having problems with it and the book is so vague.......Published 19 months ago by tammy gorder
I'm working with 1000 din Cordura. Had problems with another machine, but the reliable walking foot handles the material just fine. The plastic base sucks. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Angelo S.
With a few upgrades and down loading the manual on the more Expensive name brand this machine can be adjusted and parts interchanged with another well known one one the market. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by RoadWhore
Way more power then expected. Easy to use. First thing I made was a cover with a pocket for the foot pedal. Very Mobil setup. Love it. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Robert Singletary
this is the third unit oth were returnedI received,bought previous units as used.LIKE NEW from warehouse deals and both returned as non functional. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Davidd
Very short power cord and foot pedal cord. Foot pedal has no sensitivity - fast and faster once you help it get going. Comes to a stop going into many layers and jambs. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Ches dog
I suddenly stopped sewing. I guess I will need to take it to a shop and have it looked at. I can get the needle to pick up the bobbin thread but once I start sewing, the top... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Steve C
It works ok, but sews canvas much better with the Cuda Crank handle. The instructions could easily be much improved!Published on May 4, 2013 by Mark Modini