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Old 03-26-2010, 10:21 PM
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Consew rb1 issue

I just bought a 206. Its pretty well used, but it sewed fantastic, has a linear feel to the pedal from stop to full speed, and is really smooth. Problem is, it was "serviced" by a guy that welded the welting foot to the presser foot bar. I need a regular foot on there, and obviously this presents a problem. I am not sure if the rb5 bar will work, and I also am not sure about changing it out myself. I can build a sbc with my eyes closed, jet skis, motorcycles, etc.. but for some reason sewing machines intimidate me a bit. My local shop wants 150 for the work, but I already have 550 into the machine so I would like to try it myself. Good idea or bad?

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Old 03-27-2010, 09:52 AM
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The presser bar, along with the needle bar, should only be changed by a qualified sewing machine mechanic. You will never replace the part yourself without screwing up the timing of the machine, and then you'll have to pay them anyway. $150 for the presser bar and the labor to install it is a reasonable price. The new presser bar is about $30 from a dealer, and it's 1 1/2 hours to replace.

Why do you need to replace the foot? I sew 99% of the things I sew with a welt foot on my machine. Granted, it would be nice to be able to switch feet, but for most sewing it's not necessary.

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When I an doing a double fold over stitch, I don't leave much of a margin between the fold and where I sew, the cutout on the welting foot seems to be causing the fabric to bunch up it doesn't push the fabric through right.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:13 AM
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Looking again, it seems the presser foot was sewn on at a slight bit of an angle to the feed dog and the feed dog is lifting up the presser foot a bit; it didn't present a problem when I tested it out before buying, but when doing work it started. Maybe just going to try to find a pfaff or adler and get rid of this one.
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