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Differences between Tacsew and Juki

Hi All,

Great forum you have going here. I've learned a lot about painting from browsing this forum, but now I'm interested in getting into sewing. I've done tons and tons of research on the recommended industrial sewing machines. It looks like the Tacsew T111-155 is the one in my budget, and everyone says it's a fine machine. But two questions:

1) I've seen that the Tacsew is a copy of both the Consew 206 and 226. I'm guessing it's a typo and it seems like it's really a copy of the 206. Is this right?

2) What are the features on a Juki 1541 that make it so much more expensive than the Tacsew? They're both compound feed, walking foot-type, which I understand is a must, but what other must have features would I be sacrificing?

3) Also What features woudl I sacrifice if I passed up on a 226 for a Tacsew.

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A Tacsew 111W155 is a copy of the Consew 206, not a copy of the Consew 226.

The basic difference between the Tacsew or the Consew 206 and the Juki 1541 or Consew 226, is that the Tacsew and 206 have a horizontal hook assembly that loads bobbin thread from the left side of the needle. The bobbin case comes completely out of the machine to change bobbins. The Juki and 226 have vertical hook assemblies that load bobbins from the right side of the needle. The bobbin case is held in place and doesn't come out when changing bobbins. It's not a big deal, it's just different. The rest of the features are basically the same. They are all single needle, lockstitch, compound feed, walking foot, industrial sewing machines. If one had reverse over the others, you'd want the one with reverse. The Juki is self oiling from a reservoir, and the rest must be oiled by hand.

Juki is a very high quality machine, which is far better quality than the Tacsew. The Consew 226 is not as good as the Juki, but is also more high quality than the Tacsew. It has basically been replaced by the Consew 255RB-3. The Consew 206 used to be a really good machine, but for about 5 or 6 years has been made in China instead of Japan, and is not nearly as good as it once was.

What's the difference? Juki is an Oldsmobile, Consew is a Chevy, and the others are Yugos. If you made your living with a sewing machine, you'd want the Juki first, the Consew 226 second, and you'd pass on the other two, unless the 206 was an older version. If you're not going to sew with it every day, any of those machines would work fine to do a few interior jobs.
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Thanks much, Dan. This will be purely for hobby purposes, and potential side jobes if I ever get good at it. I just didn't want to pass up on any killer features available on the juki. One last thing. This Tacsew will use the same spare parts as the 206, I understand. Are spare parts readily available?

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As far as I know, all the Tacsew parts are the same as the Singer 111W, and those are very readily available.
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Thanks Dan.

Expect a bunch more dumb questions once I get started with this!
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