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Old 04-22-2009, 08:18 AM
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Latest Addition to my Upholstery Shop

This is my new baby. It is a Singer 144W204 long arm heavy duty sewing machine. I have been looking for a reasonably priced long arm machine for quite a while, and I really struck the mother lode with this one. The best part is that it was only 2 1/2 hours away from me, so I went and picked it up with my truck. The guy that owned it was also a sewing machine mechanic, so it is in like new condition. He also included about $300 worth of needles, thread, bobbins, tools, and attachments. It had a 3 phase sewing machine clutch motor on it connected to an AC variable speed control. I changed the motor to a new single phase 1/2 H.P. clutch motor I took off one of my other machines, but was not happy with it so now it has a 1/2 H.P. servo motor on it. I should be able to sell the old motor and controller for what the servo cost. It uses a needle considerably larger than the ones used on my other two machines. It will allow about an inch of material to go under the foot, so it will sew anything I will ever dream about sewing, and the extra 10 inches of space will really come in handy on some jobs. The pictures show the difference in needle size and the amount of material it will sew through.
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Wow Dan ! That thing looks huge !!

You know what this means don't you??......................No retirement in your near future!!


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WOW!! way cool...

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Old 04-22-2009, 09:39 AM
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Retire, Jerry? They'll have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming..........

What it actually means is a "sewing machine surcharge" on Dewey's interior!
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What it actually means is a "sewing machine surcharge" on Dewey's interior!
Jeebus. With that machine it looks like you could sew the fabric right to my sheet metal...which should then REDUCE the cost because you don't have to mess with drilling and installing all those silly plastic attachment gizmos. Just sew it onto the body and then trim off the excess fabric with a weed whacker.
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Looks killer. I think.. I don't know much about machines, but i could of used it a few times on the little bit of stuff i"ve done. So I'm sure you'll use it many times. Congrats. That thing has a big pulley and needle. Call it, Dans long neck.
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Jeebus. With that machine it looks like you could sew the fabric right to my sheet metal...which should then REDUCE the cost because you don't have to mess with drilling and installing all those silly plastic attachment gizmos. Just sew it onto the body and then trim off the excess fabric with a weed whacker.
I was going to do it that way but the sedan delivery is too slippery.
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I was going to do it that way but the sedan delivery is too slippery.
Speaking of the sedan/delivery, I'm starting to shoot color tomorrow...so we're getting closer to actually moving it down to your shop.
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Nice find Dan!

Several times I have had to get creative with my 206 to get anywhere close to the room you have with that.

Good luck.
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Yup, I really lucked out on this one. The guy actually had me sit down and made me "show him" I could sew with it before he'd sell it to me!

It sure gives you a huge number of alternatives instead of planning ahead to accomodate a smaller machine. The needles go all the way down to size 21, so it basically uses what I use now. It also has a huge bobbin which is really nice.
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This is my new baby. It is a Singer 144W204 long arm heavy duty sewing machine. I have been looking for a reasonably priced long arm machine for quite a while, and I really struck the mother lode with this one. The best part is that it was only 2 1/2 hours away from me, so I went and picked it up with my truck. The guy that owned it was also a sewing machine mechanic, so it is in like new condition. He also included about $300 worth of needles, thread, bobbins, tools, and attachments. It had a 3 phase sewing machine clutch motor on it connected to an AC variable speed control. I changed the motor to a new single phase 1/2 H.P. clutch motor I took off one of my other machines, but was not happy with it so now it has a 1/2 H.P. servo motor on it. I should be able to sell the old motor and controller for what the servo cost. It uses a needle considerably larger than the ones used on my other two machines. It will allow about an inch of material to go under the foot, so it will sew anything I will ever dream about sewing, and the extra 10 inches of space will really come in handy on some jobs. The pictures show the difference in needle size and the amount of material it will sew through.
Wow! something that big must be powered by a 350 chevy? nice machine!
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Wow! something that big must be powered by a 350 chevy? nice machine!


Naaa, he's got a 440 Chrysler powering it. Impressive to see in person, as well as the photos. Looks like it wound up in the "custody" of very talented hands (he only stitched his thumb and ring finger together twice while we were there...LOL!!!). All kidding aside, nice machine, Dan.


In a while, Chet.
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It sure looks cool.....although, like my Wife's obsession with Scrapbooking (and the associated Machines that go into that Hobby ), I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. Dan, if you say it's the Cat's Pajama's, I'll believe you..................................really, I will!











Now, would you consider bringing that thing with you to my House?
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O.K., think of a door panel that I want to stitch with vertical lines in one area all the way across the panel. With this machine I could sew them right to the door panel, and with my other two machines I had to invent ways to do it. There are many other examples where this will save me a huge amount of time.
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Hey! i've got one of those too!
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