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Old 01-08-2014, 05:59 AM
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Husqvarna 227 for upholstery work?

Is this sewing machine good for upholstery work? I can't find much information about it on the web.






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Around here Husqvarna is known for making excellent chain saws. Dan will probably give you some good advice. Is it compound feed,? how easy to adjust stitch length, how many layers can it sew.? A long time ago I bought a singer machine with a commercial table. It was used in a factory and was not a compound feed. It had a specific job, in the factory and could only sew a few layers, and stitch length required you to remove a cover, loosed a screw and reset it. It is still back in the corner, but I only paid $ 150 for it. Have you tried asking Upholstery shops if they know some one that might have a machine? Usually if they know you will not be competing in their teritory you might get some help. There was an older fellow that had a shop behind his house, passed away last year. I asked his grandson about the machines. There are three sewing machines but the family is keeping the shop intact but no one is running the business, If one of his sons is out of work they might start it up again.
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I have no one to ask around here, and I can't find any information about it on the web. The seller have sewn boat tops with it as a hobby and clamis that it sews up to 5-6 layers.
I'm planning to sew me a top for the '34 Roadster, so it will probably work if the seller have sewn boat tops with it, but I was interensting in some more information about it before I decided if to buy it or not.

I also still have the old Adler 30-1 machine on hand, but is not sure which of them would be the best choice.

I guess the Adler will be good for heavier leather works later, as well at usable for sewing the top. And the Adler have a turning foot. But the Husqvarna looks neat and easy to store away, and the owner claims that it works very well and is simple to use.
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Thompson type

It looks similar to the small Thompson that I have, It looks like the rod on the back side is for a Knee lifter, good to have. the verticle dark area on the main body casting also looks like the one on my thompson , loosen the knob, raise for reverse lower for foreward and the position in the slot determines stitch length.
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It doesnt look like it has a walking foot on it.
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It has no walking foot, and probably is not compound feed, so the answer to your question is no, it won't do a good job on auto upholstery unless all you ever sew is two layers of fabric together.
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Thanks to all of you for your patience. I haven't many to ask about this issue, and there aren't much secondhand industrial sewing machines offered around here. We haven't had that kind of industry in Norway for decades.

I do have found another one, tow. A Singer 196K205. But that's probably not a compond feed machine either?

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This looks like a walking foot industrial machine, but I can't find anything about that specific part number. That doesn't mean anything, if it was made in Great Britain (Scotland, which is what the W stands for in Europe) the numbers might not be the same, or it was made for a specific company to their specs. All I can find about the machine is it's a single needle lockstitch machine.
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Update: It is a specially made machine, but I don't know what's special about it.
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Thanks very much for your answer!

The owner claims that the machine sew sevarl layers of heavy fabrics and feeds both on top and bottom of fabric. It has been been used daily until recently, is located 3 hours of driving from me, and is sold for 300 USD.
I have seen it described as lock stitch...?

I have deided to give this a shot. If I fail, I can probably sell the machine again for the same price.

Here is what I have found out about the Singer 196K205:

An identical machine for sale in Great Britain:
196K205 LEATHER SEWING MACHINE

Parts list:
SINGER 196K205 PARTS LIST Pdf Download.
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As far as the Singer 196K goes, it only has 5/16" of lift, which means that's all the thickness it can sew. As long as you are only sewing a few layers of fabric it should work fine. What it won't sew is anything with sew foam under it.
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Lost the Singer 196. We had a deal, but suddenly the seller changed her mind and didn't want to sell after all...
Trustworthy person (NOT)...

Plan B: Try to get a professional to sew the long, straight seams after I have made suitable fabric pieces and marked them. Then buy the old Adler machine and sew the rest of the seams with it.

The Adler is tempting also because I want to sew myself a solid western style leather traveling bag.
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