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Old 04-15-2012, 02:23 PM
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Timing a Consew 226

I have a chance to buy a used Consew 226. The owner has said that it must be timed before it can be used. Is there a chance I can learn to time it or am I kidding myself? Machine does already have a servo motor. It probably will have to go 100 to 150 miles to find experienced mechanic to work on it which makes me wonder if the owner will get around to having it repaired.

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:29 PM
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Take it to a professional industrial sewing machine mechanic to have the tensions set, time the machine, and check for worn or broken parts. It will be the best $100 you ever spent.

I can get my 226 timed close enough to sew correctly, but I always take it to a pro as soon as possible if it gets out of time.

How much are they asking for it?
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:38 PM
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Do I need to be concerned about buying a machine that is not practical to have fixed Dan or are repairs usually pretty straight forward at a shop. I am afraid of buying a pig in a polk and finding out it needs 400 dollars worth of work.
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These machines are tanks. There's very little that can actually go wrong, and repairs are generally straightforward and not that expensive, unless the machine was really abused somehow. The worst repair I had on mine cost me $130.
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That sounds really exciting. I will pursue this and see if I can buy a bargain. Thank Dan

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My mechanic has been repairing machines since the early '70's. He told me that the majority of the time it all comes down to tightening things up in these machines in order to make them run right. He said that as long as the machine has been oiled, it's rare that you'll need any new parts. And if so, it's usually feed dogs or case openers that are easily found on eBay.
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Once again, tagging off of dan, i got my machine a while back and it ran good, but i took it to a mechanic. Cost me $108. It runs so damn smooth and so perfectly, i fell in love with it again. Totally worth the 108 i spent. You wont regret it
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Thanks JB. I have been watching Dans posts for quite a while and have lot of confidence in his advice. I have asked the owner of the machine to go ahead and price it As Is. Keep you fingers crossed for me.

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Sure thing man. Let us know how it plays out!
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