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06-08-2011 01:53 PM
JacsPie
Nakajima 181L-2

Thank you so much for all of your help and knowledge, it has been extremely helpful and much appreciated!
06-08-2011 01:47 PM
DanTwoLakes It can't hurt to try. $50 is $50. If he says no, pay him the $750.
06-08-2011 01:19 PM
JacsPie
Nakajima 181L-2

Yes, the guy who is selling it is a professional repair man and rebuilt it himself and seems very knowledgeable. Do you think I should still talk him down on the price?
06-08-2011 01:09 PM
DanTwoLakes If it was rebuilt by a professional sewing machine mechanic, it would be a reasonable price. Try to get them to come down to $700.
06-08-2011 12:59 PM
JacsPie It does include the motor and it does have reverse. It also has a new hook, new bobbin case, new needle plate with feed dog and is completely rebuilt. What do you think? Is it still pricey?

Thanks for all your help.
06-08-2011 12:51 PM
DanTwoLakes That's pretty pricey if it's from a private seller. Does the machine have reverse? Is the motor included? If it doesn't, I'd steer away from it and wait for something better
06-08-2011 11:26 AM
JacsPie Thanks for the link and info, greatly appreciated! What do you think of the Nakajima 181L-2? Is it a good machine if it's in good condition? which they say it is. They're selling it for $750 which includes the machine and table.
06-08-2011 11:15 AM
DanTwoLakes You are right, Juki bought Nakajima and started producing the 180 280 series as their number DNU-241. Juki doesn't make the 241 any more. Both of those machines are copies of the Consew 206. If you find a manual for the Consew 206, that should help you. Here's a link for the 206 RB-5 which is a newer model of the 206, but it should still be very similar to the 180. CLICK HERE
06-08-2011 10:29 AM
JacsPie
Nakajima 181L-2

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at a Nakajima 181-2 sewing machine this weekend and I'm having trouble finding any information about it online. I know Juki has taken over the company but does anyone have any more information about this particular machine? I need to find an owners manual but no luck so far. I was told that there was a replacement model DBU180-2 but is now discontinued as well.

Any help would greatly appreciated.
11-24-2010 06:41 PM
gsx750r93 Clockwise increases lubrication.

Here is the manual.. http://www.pdftop.com/view/aHR0cDovL...51Ym9vay5wZGY=
"NOTE" that in the manual it tells when timing needle & hook turn the wheel towards you until 2.5 mm from lowest point. It needs to be 2.5mm but You must bring the needle all the way down first then go up to 2.5mm to the lowest point.

Probably a good idea to take it in and have it gone over at least once. I didnt and through frustration of constantly breaking threads I finally figured out I needed a new hook.

One problem I am having now is breaking threads instantly and bunching them up like crazy under fabric. on reverse stitch even after re timing. I'm about to go over it again and replace needle, check timing, and thread tension but I don't think that is going to fix it. Other then the reverse breaking threads the thing sews perfect.
11-02-2010 01:16 AM
leaver_red_jr dsmithcae,

Do you know what the proper position of the oil adjustment screw (juki 241hs) for the hook reservoir might be? The manual states that oil flow is increased when the screw is turned in (cw) and flow is reduced when the screw is turned out (ccw). Based on the the design of the screw, this seems counter intuitive to me. The manual does not specify any "factory" setting either.

thanks
08-27-2010 12:06 PM
DanTwoLakes That's all very good advice, especially about spending $75 to $100 to have a pro look at it. You will never spend $100 more wisely than that.
08-27-2010 10:28 AM
dsmithcae A juki 241 manual will do just fine , I sew all day every day, and I check, oil my machines about every three days, or Listen to the ole Girl.When she is properly lubricated it has a smooth sound, when she needs oil she will get louder or chatty.If you lean your head back there is a main oil reservior in the bottom. Fill it up to red line on glass. Not all oil ports are marked. Look for journals with oil holes in them. These are different from the red marked main journal / moving parts oil holes.If you sew every day / all day put 2-3 drops in all Red Ports. You can cheat in the head, Pull back the face plate and spray the whole inside with a spray lubricant.
I clean out the machines every two weeks. Lean back the head and use carb cleaner with spray tube to get in tight places to wash out fuzz, thread and dirt. Place paper towels or rags in the pan to catch the dirt, crud, and carb cleaner. the cab cleaner will evaporate quickly and leaves it clean with no residue. Warning!!!, do not spray card cleaner on the site glass or any rubber parts as it could dissolve them.Use a Snorkel bottle of machine oil available in most hardware stores. These have a retractable tube about 6 inches long. You pull out the tube and it allows you to stick it down in the red Ports till you feel it hit some thing, When it touches give it three drops. I would reccommend getting a sewing machine mechanic to check out your head and adjust everything, he can then show you all the fine adjustments, lube points and the minor adjustments that the operator normally does when operating the machine. It would be the best 75-100 dollars you ever spent as it could save your 1500.00 machine. Keep it properly oiled and it will be making seat cover for your grand kids
08-27-2010 09:33 AM
DanTwoLakes Mike: Most industrial sewing machines have the oil holes marked with red paint to help you with the oiling process. Put a little sewing machine oil (don't use regular oil, if it gets on fabric it can stain) in each of the holes, and a little next to the bobbin case. Take the end plate on the left side off the machine, and look for places to oil in there also. If you do that, you should be fine.
08-27-2010 08:37 AM
mmiller dsmithcae,
Thanks alot for the info. That's the kind of information I was hoping to come by. As I said earlier in the post I don't know much about this machine and finding information has been difficultJuki . So if I read your response correctly the Juki DNU 241-HS would be a similar machine? I'm concerned about the maintanence. There are oil holes all over and I don't want it to fail because of improper care. Would a manual for a Juki DNU 241-HS be close enough to cover these things?

Again, thanks

Mike
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