Hello all. Helluva first post here. Sorry. I am an ex-hot-rodder, now a boater. Still a little hot rod in me though - have a 46' kevlar Cougar boat with three blown 572's, 900hp each. So please treat me nice!
My Boat's business end:
Anyway, I was posting on a boating site, and a user over there, gtpvette, suggested I stop on over here and ask the most knowledgeable guy out there, DanTwoLakes, my questions.
I've copied and pasted what I started with there down below.
Some of the replies, were just replies, but a few asked some good questions about our current machine, like, thread size and needle. I think we have that correct because we brought it with thread, material and the machine to the sewing shop. We are sewing Sunbrella (it's like canvas, vinyl, and leather for our boats; lately we've been doing the canvas and using PTFE thread.
My wife has had it with the Consew 18 we have. So I need a replacement.
So, here's what I posted, hoping DanTwoLakes and others chime in. The regular sewing sites were no help.
"Need some advice.
My wife generally uses a portable Husqvarna Viking 6440 sewing machine. It's indestructible. However, stitch length is controlled manually while running the fabric through the sew.
She also has a Consew 18, an industrial walking foot (but not needle) machine. What's nice about this machine is with the walking foot, the stitch length is adjustable, and is constant while you sew. The problem with this machine is the foot walks, stops, needle goes through fabric, back out, and foot walks. What happens with thick thread is that the machine can jam. Sometimes this jam causes the machine to go out of time, which means back to the Viking while the machine is brought in for re-timing.
The local sew shop says we really should be a Japanese Consew 206RB (not a newer Chinese one of same model number). This type of walking foot also has the needle travel with the foot, so there is never any chance of the material walking beyond or backwards from the foot during the stitch.
So I started researching and found a Juki DNU-1541. This thing seems much more robust than the 206RB.
So my questions are:
1) Is our Consew 18 simply too old and worn out; that's why it jams?
2) Is the sewing machine guy correct; this machine is prone to jamming?
3) If cost wasn't the issue, would you take a Juki DNU1541 or a Consew 206RB?
I'd like to sell the Consew 18 to offset the cost of either a used Japanese built Consew 206rb(about 800-1000 bucks for a good one with table and servo motor) or a Japanese Juki DNU1541 (which can be purchased brand new with a servo motor for about $1600).
If the Consew 18 is simply worn out, I'll discard it - I would not want to pass on our troubles. But when it's not jamming up, it makes a beautiful stitch. Did the canvas top for the boat and it looks factory."
I don't have any pictures of the sunbrella top because we still need to do the clear vinyl windows, but here's the flybridge upholstery we did. First time we ever did something like this. We've fixed things, but no complete replacement. This is my wife's boat. i had to buy it because she hates my boat and we were going to be boatless if I didn't do something to get her a normal boat.
Thank You for all your help and I appreciate your responses.
I also apologize for not being able to post any pics of my hotrods since I don't have any anymore, and all I've posted was pix of boats. Sorry!