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Old 11-23-2011, 06:57 PM
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The 5000 is 3/4 hp. The 4000 is 1/2 hp, and that's plenty.

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Old 11-24-2011, 06:24 AM
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I have a Consew 255-RB3. It would be almost exactly the same as the Juki DLL-8700L.
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I have a Consew 255-RB3. It would be almost exactly the same as the Juki DLL-8700L.
Thanks. Last question if I may- is the bottom feeder on the Juki 1181n something that would be useful when feeding a lot of material or is the walking foot sufficient?

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Old 11-24-2011, 09:31 PM
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The drop feed (bottom feed) on that model is a little more agressive than on the DDL8700L, but not that much different. They are both compound feed machines, drop feed and needle feed together.
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Well, picked up a Consew 226R with a variable speed servo motor this morning. She included 6 different feet. Picked it up for $550. The woman I bought it from just had it serviced last Friday. Yahoo! Let's sew...

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Dan, I want to practice and play with my new to me machine. Is there a type of thread I should be using or will anything work for playing around? I will probably just practice a little with old jeans just get familiar with the machine. If that's not a good idea, I could go down and see if I could have some scraps from the local upholstery guy, he's just down the street. My neighbor is friends with him so that might be an option.
Can't believe I'm stoked to sew something. Go figure.

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Old 12-06-2011, 01:18 PM
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You can play around with any thread you want, but use the same size top thread as you do bottom thread. When you are sewing for real, make sure you use at least size 69 bonded nylon or polyester thread with a left twist. Bonded thread is pre-lubricated, and the left twist makes it get picked up by the hook better. Most upholstery thread is left twist. Don't mix nylon and polyester, use the same type and size for top thread and bobbin thread.
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Thanks about the thread. I had read about the left twist thing.
Got a question on the servo motor. My machine has a Consew variable speed servo motor. This motor has a rheostat on the end of the motor to adjust the speed. So if I mash my foot down on the pedal, it will only run at the rheostat adjusted speed no matted how little or how hard I push on it. Is the motor you use a true variable speed, meaning the farther you push on the foot pedal the faster the machine goes?

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All servos are not created equal. A servo motor is a constant torque device that should go faster the more you push on the foot pedal and slower when you let off on the foot pedal. Look and see if there is another switch or setting on the motor that is making it only respond to the rheostat speed.
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I'll check that when I get home from work to tonight, thanks. I would find it hard to believe the Consew motor wouldn't be a total variable speed.

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Just checked online. My motor is a Consew CSM550, it has a speed control knob on the side. Oh well, I can still make it go the speed I am comfortable with.

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What is the top end speed that the motor is set for now? It can be set from 0 to 3450. Turn the speed up higher and see if you have any control with the foot pedal. If you don't, there is something wrong with the motor, or the linkage to the motor from the foot pedal.
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Well, got some thread, pack of needles and sewing oil today. Sewed a couple lines. The motor only runs at the set rheostat speed. I need to get some documentation on the motor to see how it is supposed to run.
What is the story with the different size needles?

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The machine will handle needles from size 16 to size 24. The higher the number the heavier the needle is, and the larger diameter thread you can sew with. I generally use size 22 for just about everything, but I will occasionally use a size 18 for lighter work. A basic rule of thumb is that if the thread goes through the eye of the needle easily, it is O.K. to sew with that size needle. You can use up to size 138 thread with your machine. I have successfully sewn with size 207 thread, but you have to go really slow and be really careful.

From what I have read about your motor, I think it is working like it is supposed to. This is not a true servo motor, but if you can deal with it it will still power your machine. To me it would be worthless.
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I turned up the speed control up all the way and tried sewing. To my amazement it does have a true variable speed control, but it sure is sensitive.
Dan, How do I keep the needle thread from getting wrapped around the bobbin and not releasing when I have finished the seam? I have tried to cut the remaining tag end off after the first stitch but nothing I have done so far has worked. Operator error I'm sure.
Wow, these machines can haul the mail and sew at an incredibly small pitch! When would anyone use the 45 stitches per inch? You can't hardly see it.

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