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Haven't posted in quite some time, but always reading. Started out with an Adler 267GK 373, added a TacSew and an old beast Singer 305 30" longarm. Got my use out of the longarm and sold it last spring with a tidy profit. Next to go was the TacSew. A great machine really but had a buddy of a friend who was looking for an affordable machine.
Kept the Adler, then had a lead on an older Pfaff 1245 and picked that up. Currently switching it over to a foot lift as the knee lift mechanisms play heck on the hardware holding my knee together.
I've been doing quite a few custom van interiors and that's when I realized how much I missed the longarm machine. The Adler has very little space in the neck, the Pfaff about an inch more. Fighting the bulk of some of the panels was time consuming and, due to my vast inexperience lol, was affecting the stitches.
The guy I bought the Pfaff from had a pre-China Consew 206RBL-18 he wanted to sell and gave me a heckuva deal on it. Having the foot-lift and a manageable length is really nice. Finding a used long arm in my area that is "newer" and affordable is darn near impossible.

So, thought I'd give my views on the 3 machines:

1. The Adler is definitely still my "go-to" machine. Built tough and does about everything I need it to do. Top load bobbin is definitely nice.
2. The Pfaff, for the short time I've used it, is on par with the Adler. Seems to sew a little smoother. Also has the top load bobbin. The Pfaff seems to be a little easier to find larger welting feet for, but otherwise parts are tough to find and more expensive than the Adler.
3. The Consew, does what I need it to do quite well and easily. The wife asked if I could just use it for all of my sewing, and I probably could. However, it just doesn't run as smooth. The side load bobbin isn't as easy to change, and took a little getting used to. It sits on a 5' table, so I had to take a day to rearrange the work space. About the only thing I would add to it, is that it does have a Consew CSM1000 servo, I'm probably going to add a needle positioner to it.

The decent factor is that for what I have monetarily in each machine, other than the Adler, they were paid for by the profits on various jobs and the machines I sold. If they've held their values this long over the years, I should be okay if and when I decide to downsize and sell. I've mainly been doing projects for friends, any cold calls I refer to the local pro's and even at that I do 3-4 projects per month.
 

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One thing for sure is these machines hold their value better than Bitcoins! I have a Consew 226 and it does everything I need. Only walking foot I've ever used so nothing to compare it with. I think its well worth the time and money for the street rod home builder to do his own interior. Next thing you know you'll be sewing the drapes around the house!
 

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DAP America carries the factory parts. Otherwise, I keep my eye out on eBay. Or just Google. Other than attachments, I haven't needed any parts. I spent a long time looking for a 1/4" welt foot. Ordered off of eBay but I think the slow boat from China sunk on the way over, and they issued a refund. Just going to file my own. I did order a double fold binding attachment, (Generic), and found out the little screws for the plate are darn near impossible to find. I finally just tapped out the holes with a more common and available size. Got some knurled head screws and the only thing I had to do was grind the extra lenth off flush with the back of the plate. Oh yeah, took a Sharpie marker and wrote the screw size on the back of the plate also just so I would remember lol.
I really do like the machine, and my service guy has years of experience with the Adlers. I'm just real comfortable with it and how it sews.
 

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Mine has been an excellent machine. I lost one of the three screws that hold the moon shaped piece that retains the bobbin case. Finally found a pack of ten for $12 bucks on ebay. 9 more than I need but you can't expect a business to wait on you and mail a 60c screw for no proffit.

I did not know about DAP America. Thanks.

John
 
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