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Upholstery sewing machine
So, my mother and older brother used to have a side business re-upholstering furniture. My mother has been gone for a few years and my brother is getting ready to sell his house. I stopped by as he was getting ready to take their industrial sewing machine to the pawn shop. I took it home with me. I figured it would come in handy for some duck boat/blind projects. Now I just have to learn how to set it up and use it.
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Most instructions can be found on the internet, most work in the same way.
Two important things are good needles and thread.
Get some old material from wherever you can and just practice.
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Good morning, Dave~


Great save! A heavy-duty machine makes all the difference. I used a regular Sears Kenmore for about 40 years - and it got the job done with the right needles and threads. But, I now have a SailRite that I love.


Any sewing machine can be fussy - and frustrating - to use, compared with other, simpler machines. But, once you learn it you will find it irreplaceable I will bet.


All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Cool, what brand? Is it a 220 motor continuous drive with the knee clutch?
My Pop was in the industrial sewing machine business for 25 years. He could fix & sew just about any of them. I did some summer work with him, visiting garment factories all over the northeast, saw a lot of Brother, Juki and Singers. Some of those old Singers were 50-60 years old and still humming along.
My sister still has the machine my Pop got her when she went to work for Woolrich as a designer in 1990.


Carl
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The machine itself is branded Consew, the desk is branded Acme Sewing Co,. It?s belt driven by a 1/3 hp electric motor. I don?t see a thigh clutch, but there is a thigh lever that lifts the foot. My brother said they should have bought the model that had reverse but it was an extra $100 and that was at lot to them at that point in time.
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Yep, I stand corrected, the knee lever lifted the machine foot.

Foot pedal operated the clutch on these bigger machines.

I don't remember what HP those motors we dealt with back then but they were 220v, about a foot long and 8" in diameter. And weighed a lot! Motor weighed as much as the stand & head combined.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Carl wrote:
Yep, I stand corrected, the knee lever lifted the machine foot.

Foot pedal operated the clutch on these bigger machines.

I don't remember what HP those motors we dealt with back then but they were 220v, about a foot long and 8" in diameter. And weighed a lot! Motor weighed as much as the stand & head combined.


It?s a 1/3hp and does have a large foot pedal. The whole setup is really heavy. I didn?t get a chance to mess around with it today. I see YouTube videos are out there, so I?ll start there.