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    Show Us Yor Thread Injector

    I was doing a little maintenance today, de-fuzzing and oiling, and thought maybe everyone would like to share a pic of their thread injector.

    I'll start. Mines a 50's vintage Singer Style-O-Matic 328K. Cast body and steel gears. It's a workhorse. I've sewn through multiple layers of heavy leather, multiple layers of awning fabric, multiple layers of webbing, yet it also handles the lightest silnylon, ripstop and no-see-um. It's in the factory cabinet and has a box full of different presser feet, stitch discs, gathering attachment and a few peices that I don't even know what they are for.



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    BOOYAH!!!! eh hem.. Sorry.



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    This is the one I used when making KAQs. It is a Janome 7330. I also have a Singer 500A that is in pristine condition.
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    Skid Mounted Molly Mac Pack Manufacturing Module: Consew 226

    ...gotta have it to sew Superman's cape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Skid Mounted Molly Mac Pack Manufacturing Module: Consew 226

    ...gotta have it to sew Superman's cape!

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    now theres a manly thread injector if i ever saw one... almost makes you want to ask whats under hood and what it runs in a quarter mile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by srestrepo View Post
    ...whats under hood...?
    1/2hp Consew Tuffy motor
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    I see you put a paint mark on all the places that need to be oiled. That's a great idea!




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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    1/2hp Consew Tuffy motor


    This is just about the exact same machine that I have. The only difference is that the label on the front says Tacsew, instead of Consew.... bet they're made in the same factory. I'll toss a pic in here when I get a chance.

    Downside is... it's down. Needs to hit the repair shop after Christmas. I hope there's a good repair shop nearby...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post

    This is just about the exact same machine that I have. The only difference is that the label on the front says Tacsew, instead of Consew.... bet they're made in the same factory.
    Consew back in the day was made by Seiko, same as Singer Japan. These were gray ones and "da bomb". The newer ones are white and not as "respected" as the older ones. The consew and tacsew are probably both Chinese or Tiwanese now.

    If your's still needs to hit the shop, try tuning it yourself. Many of the operators manuals included timing settings. It's really very simple if you're not afraid to loosen a few screws. Worst case is you make the timing worse and you carry to someone then, but if you have the confidence and skill to make your own gear, you can time a sewing machine. Usually, it's just one adjustment to get it right again, although there a lot of steps to get it back to "factory" specs.

    The older vintage Consew 206, Singer 111, Singer 211, Pfaff 145 and the other truely industrial heavy duty machines are not very good for hammocks and gear. They are for heavy weight materials. They need a lot of tension and (I) can't run small thread through them. V69 is about the smallest. Normal Guttermans and Mettlers are around V46-V50 thread size or smaller.

    The Consew 220 was a great, fast industrial light-med duty machine. I saw someone mentioned they had one. Keep it.

    Industrial machines are usually very fast (5000 spm) and not necessarily heavy duty by any means. They also do one thing only and do it well. Reverse and zig-zag are rare.You can usually tell heavy duty from fast by the tension disk setup. Look at pictures of a Singer 111w155 or an old Consew 206RB1. These types of tension disks mean heavy weight material. Most other industrials are just fast.

    I have:
    -Singer 211 for Canvas and Heavy stuff. Compound, needle feed, will stitch through a volkswagon engine block, (without the oilpan)
    -Singer 20u for hammocks and lighter stuff. Zig Zag and reverse,commercial duty machine. It makes me grin sometimes when I knock out a 10' stitch in a 30 seconds.
    -Sailrite LSZ-1 - Zig Zag Walking foot for Sail making. Real good, but the feed dog teeth are a little too agressive for nylon.

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    When it ever dies (and from the looks of it, I'd say it won't ever) it will make a great boat anchor!

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