I see someone selling a used Consew 206rb locally. I've contacted them to take a look at it. What sorts of things should I be looking for?
1) I think its an RB1, because that is the generic picture they linked to. They say they bought it new in '81. I know the older style (stamped Seiko made in Japan) is better than the newer style (made in China), but where do I see the stamp?
2) it has table but is not setup ready to go... it is boxed in storage. Can I ask to demo some stitches, and if so I should probably ask to use at least 135 thread, but I'm not sure how to thread it.
3) Check to see if it has a servo motor?
What questions should I be asking the private party?
4) reason for selling? anything wrong with it?
any pictures of a properly setup 206rb would be appreciated.
How much should I be hopeful to negotiate a price to? I'm hoping in the neighborhood of $500 since it doesn't have any support after the sale, but the seller claims it was only used off and on for a for a few years, and for the last 20 years only used a few times a year. They are asking $800 which I feel is a lot.
Personally, I would take a machine mechanic with you. I dont personally work on them but, I would say look for a picture of a consew 206rb-3 should be pretty similar.
as far as a servo mottor I would be surprised, esp at that price but should have a speed control dial somewhere on the motor or table.
and back when they were made in japan lol.
if its a solid consew 206 800 is a descent price, I just picked up an addler and it was in the ball park of 6k.
If it is circa 1980, there will be no servo motor, or speed control dial, only a clutch motor. The clutch motor's speed is dependent on how much or little you push the foot treadle. The 206 is an O.K. machine, $800 is a bit pricey but not totally unreasonable, especially if it has reverse and comes with extra feet and other accessories. If it was only used very little, the chances of there being anything wrong with it are very small. If you buy it, take it to an industrial sewing machine mechanic and have them set the tensions, set the timing, and look for worn or broken parts. It will be the best $100 to $150 you will ever spend. Also, don't trust any thread that comes with it, use old thread for practice only.
BTW, if the machine head is in storage, all you need to do is put it back into the table (connected to two hinges at the back of the bed of the motor) connect the machine to the motor with the belt, plug it in, and it will be ready to go. Have them thread the machine for you if it isn't already threaded. Standard thread is size 69, 138 is twice as thick and is not used for most sewing.
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