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Old 09-08-2009, 01:49 AM
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Consew model 18

I picked up an old consew model 18, for free. I have not had much luck finding information about the machine. I am guessing that it is very old, but it seems to sew great. I am just starting out, so it seems to be a great machine to practice on.....except, I think it has an odd size bobbin case. The case is size "a", and I notice most places do not sell prewound upholstery grade bobbins in this size. Any thoughts about this machine? Anyone familiar with this model. All comments are appreciated, thank you in advance. J

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I have had a Consew 18 in use since the mid sixties. Still sews like a new one. These are the same machine as a Singer 16. Parts are available on Ebay and several other sources. Free manuals are downloadable from several internet sources. Just search for Singer 16 or 16U. I get some of my steel bobbins and pre wound bobbins from Ebay also.
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Here's a link for the online instruction manual and parts book for the Consew 18: CLICK HERE
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I have a consew 244 that uses the large bobbins , I don't have any problems when I use the smaller bobbins . Why not just wind your own ?
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I appreciate all of the help guys, I am a complete rookie and never really thought about trying the smaller bobbins. I have been winding my own and it seems to be working fine. I was curious if anyone has personal experience with this model to help identify the individual "quirks" unique to each model. I have upgraded to the servo motor that Dantwolakes suggested, And it has been beautiful. I should have mentioned that I have been lurking on this forum for several months, and I am impressed with the way folks share "tricks of the trade". IT IS APPRECIATED, J
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The smaller (a little over 3/4" in diameter) pre-wound bobbins are size "G". There are larger (almost 1" in diameter) pre-wound bobbins that are size "M". One of those two sizes are used in most industrial machines. I think you should have no problems with size "G" bobbins in your machine. A lot of home machines use size "L" bobbins which are flatter than "G" bobbins, but I used to use "G" bobbins in an old home machine I had with no problem. The bobbins I use now have light cardboard sides, but there are bobbins available that don't have the cardboard.
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