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04-28-2013 04:38 PM
DanTwoLakes When I bought my first servo, I checked out every brand I could, and the one with the best features was the Reliable Sew-Quiet 3000. I have two of those and then bought a Sew Quiet 4000. I have not had one problem of any kind with those three motors. If I was going to buy another one, it would be a Sew-Quiet 5000.
04-28-2013 12:14 PM
waybomb Another update.

It was knocked out of time again. Now they say it may be happening because of the way my wife wound the bobbins, which is exactly the way she winds bobbins for her husqvarna/Bviking machine. Sewing fine now. Hopefully we can find a buyer.

I am looking for the best price 1541s I can find, but now I am concerned that the cheapest may include a POS servomotor instead of a good one.

Can you list some reliable brands of servomotors?
Is "Sewstrong" an adequate motor?
04-16-2013 11:19 AM
waybomb And the saga continues. A lady and her husband from a nearby town came by to sew on the machine. She's a pro that works for a canvas cover shop - for semi's, trailers, boats, etc. She does the cad work, but plays around on the floor as well. They have many long arm machines. So she starts sewing on the 18 and really likes it. It is sewing smooth and fast. It really was nice watching the thing fly. Then it jams again, just like before. I was there; she did nothing wrong. She tried everything to get it to work, to no avail. She left, I continued to mess with it. If I hand turn the wheel, by the time I hit the third puncture, the thread underneath is all balled up. It;s the top thread balling up. I used blue bobbin thread and black needle thread, just to see which side is screwing up. Brought the machine back to the shop yesterday. This is the last time I'm bringing it back to the shop. If it jams again, I'll sell it for parts or just the table and motor. Thanks.
04-13-2013 07:25 PM
slodat I really like Keystone Sewing out in Philly. I bought my long arm machine from them. Very happy all around.
04-13-2013 03:39 PM
waybomb Hi guys,

Yes, I looked at the prices of the long arm machines. Ouch!

We did sew the two halves of the boat top with the Model 18. The sunbrella was 60" wide and we were able to bunch it up (we sewed two 60" wide pieces together) and get it through the machine just fine.

I appreciate the comments, but I think we will have to go for a standard machine. If an in-good-shape long arm comes up, that would be perfect. It's just hobby work for us (her), so I think the regular one will work.

Now we have two people coming to sew on the 18 tomorrow. I think we will be shopping for a Juki on Monday.

There are a couple of outfits in California that sell the DNU-1541 with table and servo motor for something like 1600 delivered. Brand new. Does anybody know anybody priced better?
04-13-2013 01:18 PM
DanTwoLakes A decent 20" long arm machine will cost $3000. A decent 30" long arm will be $4500. For the number of times you are going to need a long arm machine, it's not worth it.

Any Juki 1541 will work fine. You don't need automatic back tack or automatic thread cutting, you just need a basic lockstitch machine with compound feed, walking foot(alternating presser feet is the correct term), and reverse. Anything more than that is overkill.
04-13-2013 12:58 PM
long arm

I would hold out for a long arm machine as that is real helpful when sewing large items like boat tops.
04-13-2013 12:54 PM
OneMoreTime I would hold out for model with a long arm as that will be real handy when sewing large items like boat tops.
04-13-2013 11:03 AM
waybomb Picked up the machine from Muday's. He said a timing set screw was coming loose. He said he pinned the shaft. He sewed with it there in his table and a few layers of jean material. Worked right and sounded right.

I brought it home, set it in our table, and has worked flawlesly all morning. Multiple layers of vinyl and sunbrella.

I had it listed on CL, but pulled the ad when it jammed again. A few people contacted me and a couple were going to stop by last weekend, but I told them the issue with it. Anyway, I just texted them all and one lady from Grand Rapids is coming down tomorrow to sew on it.

I am selling it and buying her a good used Juki or a Japan Consew 206 or 226. Trying to find a decent deal, but if nothing earth shattering comes up shortly, she'll get a nice new Juki dnu 1541 with a servo motor.

Do you pros all agree? If you agree on the 1541, there are a few variations. I believe there's a -3, a -5, and a -S. I am all-ears! Tell me what you think.
If you do not think the 541 is the right one, which one, and if there are variations, which variant?

And I really do appreciate it! Nice group of people here. Thank You!
04-12-2013 07:59 AM
DanTwoLakes JCAR is absolutely right. The Consew 18 is a copy of the Singer 118, and while they are industrial walking foot machines, they are not compound feed. (compound feed means the machine has more than one feeding system, usually needle feed and drop feed which uses feed dogs to push the material through the machine) They were intended to do hemming in garment factories.
04-11-2013 03:39 PM
JCAR I started sewing with a consew 18. The day I switched to a compound feed machine, my work improved "over night". A walking foot, compound feed machine will make a huge difference.
04-11-2013 07:05 AM
DanTwoLakes Sewing machines can make some ugly sounds with just minor adjustments that need to be made. Most repairs do not involve a lot of broken parts that need to be replaced. Good luck. The Juki is a good idea.
04-10-2013 09:25 PM
OneMoreTime Wife deserves a new machine..all that needs to be said..

04-10-2013 04:38 PM
waybomb Jammed it up again this weekend. Wife dropped it off at Muday's on Monday. We showed him the thread and the needles and all of that is correct.

This time, it was screwed up from the start, putting in a, lot of thread at one place. And, not that I know what a sewing machine should sound like, it certainly did not sound right to me.

Anyway, the thing is at the shop and we will see what they say. But it looks as if a new Juki is in the cards. Wife deserves it. That and I need a new cover for Plain Vanilla........

I thank you all and when I find out what's going on with this thing, I'll post it here.
04-04-2013 06:56 AM
DanTwoLakes Before you get rid of the Consew 18, what size thread are you using that causes the machine to jam? Also, what size needle are you using? If you are using size 207 or larger thread, you need to use a larger needle, like size 24 or 25 to sew with, or the machine will jam. If you are sewing with size 138 thread, size 21 or 22 needles will work fine. Your machine uses a needle system 135X17.

If you decide to get a new machine, I would go with the Juki. The Consew 206 (Japan made) is a good machine, but the Juki is a lot better. Either one would be an upgrade from the Consew 18.
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