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Old 05-01-2007, 10:55 AM
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I asked a friend to keep his eyes open for a used industrial sewing machine.He's working at a place that has about 10 Juki DDL-227 machines for sale. Would this be a good machine for interior work? I have no clue as to what to look for in a sewing machine other than the end that plugs into the wall.

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Old 05-01-2007, 08:36 PM
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There's one for sale on eBay for only $350.00 (Buy Now price) with the table and everything ... but it doesn't say anything about it having a walking foot or walking needle which I would certainly want to have if I was buying an industrial machine.
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DDL-227 is not a walking foot machine, so I wouldn't recommended it, unless your just doing a bit of interior work, then you could maybe get by, getting nice consistent stitches would be an interesting feat.
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Here is what I bought -- and the best deal I could find.
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Thanks guys.I plan on using it only for interior work on future projects, a few interiors maybe.I think I will wait and get a walking foot machine as I've seen it mentioned many times on here. If I do my own interior work,I would insist on professional results.

Alan:That machine looks quite nice.Your write up is quite informative. It would be a little pricey up here in Canada. Maybe I should buy one for the wife for her birthday.
Do you think she'd catch on?

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Hey Pugsy,
I just noticed your in Canada, I would talk to this guy:
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZraphaelsewingQQhtZ-1
Raphael is super helpful, thats where I got my latest machine from, and I can't say enough good things about dealing with him. I'd drop him a email and tell him what you want to be able to do with your machine, hes got alot of them. I'm sure he can help you out, and hes not ridiculously far from ya.
Start watching all the buy and sells, I've seen a few good deals in those every now and then. Getting a compound walking foot would be a good decision, it'll make you alot happier.
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Hey, Pugsy

You'll definitely want a walking foot/walking needle machine ... buy the Tacsew! Even if the wifey does catch on, it'll be worth it.


57Fairlane is right ... Raphael is all over eBay, doing a good job of things. But he sells a Techsew ... not the Tacsew -- what is that all about?


Again ... if you do buy the machine and the table -- DON'T buy their motor! Get a price for the machine and the table and then buy the SewQuiet motor I have posted on my page (linked above) -- Dan (DanTwoLakes) turned me on to that one and -- trust me -- it beats 'em ALL!!!
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Hey, Pugsy

You'll definitely want a walking foot/walking needle machine ... buy the Tacsew! Even if the wifey does catch on, it'll be worth it.
I only wish I had fallen into this sewing machine deal when my daughters were still young and living with us. They love to sew (one of them owns a costume shop and she makes all of the costumes they rent and sell) but they live 400 miles away. Who knows what might have happened?

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Get a price for the machine and the table and then buy the SewQuiet motor I have posted on my page (linked above) -- Dan (DanTwoLakes) turned me on to that one and -- trust me -- it beats 'em ALL!!!
I've been going to ask you about that motor, Alan. I take it that you like it, huh?

My first question would be, is it a variable speed motor? Yeah, I still need to slow things down a bit, but I don't want to do it by slipping the clutch on my motor. I'm torn between replacing the pully on my motor and going with the servo motor, and any help you could give me would be, as usual, greatly appreciated.

Oh, and have you got the truck in for paint yet? (Off topic for this forum, I know, but give me a break, will ya...?)
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Hey, Mark

The truck should be going off this weekend ... I'll be posting progress and updates on it Here

The SewQuiet motor rocks!!! Not only is it a variable speed servo motor but it has 6 different speed settings plus a "tweak knob" ... set it on #1 (slowest) and it literally crawls -- one stitch at a time -- slow as a snail! I love it! It's $150 with free shipping and comes with 2 different size pulleys, too.

With my other servo motor, I could crawl for about 5-6 stitches ... then it would bog down, I'd have to give it more juice and, suddenly, it would take off on me like a bat out of H-E-double-toothpicks! The SewQuiet doesn't freak out like that.


The other cool thing about servo motors is that they only run when you are sewing ... clutch motors run *all* the time.
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