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Sewing Machine Recommendation

I have been looking for a machine for a long time with no success, and I'm considering just getting this Tacsew new, as it is not much more than the used ones I've seen, and they will deliver to my house.
Any opinion on this, is it sufficient to sew upholstry and possibly leather, and a decent deal?

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Yes, it will work fine to do a few car interiors. It is a lot like the Consew 206. It has a horizontal axis hook, and the bobbin case comes out to replace the bobbin, which is on the left side of the needle. It has a clutch motor which will require a lot of practice to master. As with everything, you get what you pay for. My last machine (Consew 255-RB-3) cost me $1600, 8 years ago. This machine is probably made in China. If you were going to make a living with a sewing machine, you wouldn't choose this one, but for a hobbyist it would be fine.
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It has a horizontal axis hook, and the bobbin case comes out to replace the bobbin, which is on the left side of the needle. It has a clutch motor which will require a lot of practice to master.
Thanks for the reply. They have an upgrade to a servo motor, which I would get. Do the other two items have any significance? I don't know enough about the details of the different machines to understand what that means.
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No, it's just a different type of machine than the Singer 111W and all the clones of that machine that are out there. I prefer the 111w's vertical axis hook that loads bobbins from the right side of the needle, but that's just a personal preference. On the 111W the bobbin case doesn't come out to load bobbins, they just drop in. The Tacsew will still sew an auto interior just fine. That servo motor is not the greatest, but again, you're not going to make a living with the machine.
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Thanks again, one more question if you don't mind, would either of these two machines be better?
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No problem. If the Singer has reverse, it would be a huge bargain, and then you could spend $200 on a good servo motor like the Sew Quiet 5000.

Personally, the Pfaff 1245 is what I learned on and it is a great machine at a very fair price. There are $200 worth of attachments that come with it. That is the one I would choose. The Pfaff is a Cadillac, the Singer is a Chevrolet, and the Tacsew is a Honda Civic. The only bad thing about the Pfaff is that parts for it are expensive. The good thing is that it's very unlikely you'd need to ever have it repaired, they are built like a brick shopping center.
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