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  1. your 1st post, and a 2016 resurrection . Craigslist is good for used machine deals, and if you browse regular you will eventually find something used or new . in your Area . I don't know how many hits you get in 'craiglist France' ? when you type-in search ( Sew Machine ) , but right at this moment in my Area, If I type 'sew machine' in Craigslist I get 326 listings . Most people posting here in the Gear and Rigging are searching machine info for medium and heavy industrial machines, for heavy nylons, cordura, webbing, binding.. etc. You say you mostly sewing fleece . You probably not asking about machine for sewing natural lamb/sheep fleece leather hide ? . If you are sewing lightweight garment Poly fleece , as you don't need a lot of thread tension, presser foot tension, and heavy needle/thread weight for fleece. You can buy a lightweight garment single-needle lock-stitch machine and chain-stitch Serger , if your seams are all inside a garment . .
  2. I was out to Ralph's DZ about 3 months back to bullshit and have cup coffee . He still there, I talked to him couple times this morning on the phone to . He still putting some fun jump loads in the air, and doing a few tandems, and selling/buying gear. He been at it to long, Ralph will never quit till he's dead. . . .
  3. That cool . 1st BASE jump -1st BASE container build, same time . My 1st two container looked No where near refined finish as the containers ' Quagmirian ' built for his 1st jump. I built 2 containers at same time, but I had a years worth of jumps down before I did it . But I still remember, was pretty nervous on the exits ...LOL . took one container FF jump off a bridge, and then same day did PC assist exit with the other container off 150' 4-guywire antenna . After that, I jumped my own home built gear, Containers , supporting gear PC's and Risers-toggles, for years after that . .
  4. What RiggerLee say's ... it what ? .. at minimum an old 40+ year old Consew , with an old timing belt, Old hook/bobbin assembly , old clutch drive , small bobbin , No reverse . if it was 'real' clean and clean table, Running smooth and lays down a nice stitch . .. in the year 2022 .. 'Maybe' 500-$ would be the top price . .
  5. Man those are looking Good . They look real solid just looking at the Pic's. Nice stitching and finish work to, container and tray just open nice and clean for a good extraction . It's a nice feeling to pattern/cut/sew-up your 1st Rig, then pack it up, take it out and put a jump on it . You will always remember that. .
  6. That pic. of 8-point stitch on that Lateral to Main Lift junction you using for an example, is not going to break on any deep No slider deployments, it stronger than the forces your body can ever take . No matter what way you do it . Your Lateral webbing coming out to connect to Main Lift to leg-strap area . If doing a BASE container just try to keep that open bottom area of Tray and the Lateral webbing coming out to minimum . That inside corner area that I pointing to . Is covered by a Lateral Cover, Also the 'splayed' Lat. webbing in the one Pic. in previous Post , It also helps get rid of the Potential Bridal Snag of open area . The Lat. cover that is in PIc. is really simple, and just cut the bottom angle of it, to meet down there to the Container Tray corner area . - -
  7. Don't know if he looking for extra drug-$$ . But Agree, 'Really' does throw-up red-flag when it's a , 1st Post, Overpriced, shittyShape, abused looking machine Head all by itself, set in a bad blurry Pic. ...LOL . But OP was brutally honest is stating .." does Not know Much about sew machines " --- Is definitely one machine that will always be keeping around . I will browse craigslist here in my AO couple times a week for catching a good deal on different used/new machines, and I have actually scored a couple over last few years . The clean running old Swiss Bernina/217's on a clean motor table, still gets around the 1-k price range. The old Swiss Bernina 217's were a real well made, balanced smooth running and a great Light/medium straight-zigzag-stitch, and accepting Cam readers also . (imho) ,One of the best sewing Bottom-Feeds made . It was such a well made, that was put under the brand label Chandler, Durkopp, and newer clone variants by Global Industrial . I even seen a nice clean 36" longarm global/217 model in the craiglist for sale last year . .
  8. This is not the For Sale Forum ... but I will give you a solid polite opinion on your 217 machine Head you are selling . ( looking at your Pic. ) and having owned 2, 217's and still have one set-up in shop and use regular . No Way you will get 500-$ for that old Head even if was set-up on a complete table Quick observation from your blurry photo. At Best, in the bad shape it's in, the buyer is receiving a machine ( for parts only ) sale . It does Not run/sew even if set-up on a table w/motor, is Rusty, Missing parts, and broken reverse lever . . .
  9. Nice .. good solid machine to say the least, a good find on the old Jap Consew RB, and that (3-A ) designation , is a model I never seen/used . . Seiko was producing the old line Consew's way back then . The same body style RB as yours . I still have one of the last built Japan/'Seiko' ( 146 RB-1A ) That I bought (new old stock) way over 20 years back . my RB-1A is straight stitch , zigzag , walk foot, and it is a solid workhorse that I still get behind everyday . Me... Living the dream would be getting a old Seiko/Consew RB-1A 'Long-Arm' .....LOL ( I kind of half/ass guessing here ? ) . . So your model designation ( RB 3A ) ??? , So is that is a 'bottom feed' drop feed . and it is built factory Cam-disked in a 3-Step ZigZag ??? Your top choice of modification to add . probably good to search-out getting a ( Puller System ) if it a bottom-feed and you doing some long runs for seam work, for canvas, sail work ..etc. A puller will get you feeding better with way less presser foot pressure, less fiction/distortion and laying down Nice stitches, and also letting your machine moving at top speed on the longs runs . Also.. your Consew Zig-Zag . probable will span at least 10mm . or bigger . and .. So your Needle Bar length is set for using 135x17 needle length ? so THIS --> on my RB-1A and when used to tune-up for stitching proper on it's 'widest' zigzag . I never could get it perfect factory spec. and the Hook would always be tapping both ends of the Scarf, and Short of it's factory Max zigzag adjustment . I finally figured out that the length of Scarf's on all needles are not the same. even though they are listed and sold being same size . For the most part I really like buying the Groz-Beckert needles for all the machines and they top quality . but years back on a whim I bought a box of the Organ Brand , and then I quickly seen there factory Organ Scarf was cut much longer and I tore into it and re-tuned.. instantly the machine fell into Max width/span zigzag. Here old Pic. I took, you can see the Scarf difference, and Groz-bec. on top, and Organ on the bottom . both needles are 135x17 ( 21 ) .. (imho) Groz-beckert better quality, but your Consew needs a Long cut Scarf on the zigzag . - -
  10. Hey Jerry .. saw your Post with words -Shoobie and Parachutist Magazine in it, and could not resist... Here a blast from the past . Parachutist, November 1982 Pg #42 Shoobie and Bird Suit Add . .
  11. I always out taking look at machines . You not giving much info on the machine for judging a fair asking price . Are you original owner or buy it used . How old is the model ? How many years you own it ? what shape it in and what the setup actually looks like ? ...etc Also pictures are sometimes even hard to judge the true shape a machine is really in, as opposed to actually seeing and sitting behind and laying down some stitches with it . Pretty sure It is a import copy of a Singer zigzag model as the parent machine . So No Problems getting parts on that machine, so that a plus . 'nothing wrong' with imports and all machines are copy of one thing or another . BUT 'sometimes' there is different quality on some of the parts used by whoever is ordering that run from the manufacture . SO age of the model and what generation/revision of the model is good to know . So Probably ' off top of my head', I would say 50% of purchase price is good place to start . but that a educated guess . also consider in selling a machine Is there is an over abundance of import's out there and buying new Heads or complete table setup's these days is pretty economic . .
  12. Nice.. That is pretty sweet on that lightweight pulley wheel you 3-D printed . I do have a gear reduction pulley set-up on my heavier cylinder bed '214x needle' sewing cord-tread . It runs great and it just chugs along and the torque is pretty big . Thanks for posting that gear Pic. I never though of the inertia of the heavy steel pulley weight causing problems on Servo conversion with brake & needle position sensor . .
  13. Got it found . and this is the one I am trying for little more power on the 135x17 needle walker . It is a CSM on the Consew model # . The Consew largest for '110 volt' is the , ( CSM-3000 ) 1 HP, 750 watt , and it drawing a solid 6-Amps. for pushing power . It not bad on the pricing either, it comes-in at just @ 200-$ shipped w/ needle position sensor, on the Ebay / Paypal . There 750 Watt 1-hp was the 'only one' I saw that was drawing 6 Amp. on the power . And 6amp is the same draw as the big electric clutch motor it is replacing . 'All' the 550 watt servo drives advertised only draw 4-Amp for power . Even that (reliable corp. model ) that advertised 12 magnetic pick-up's on there servo, only draws 4-Amp. for power . I like the smaller 550 watt consew servo drives . So there bigger 1-HP model servo ought to do it . And If it turn's out to SUCK, then I can always put back on the old but reliable clutch motor . And then put that 1-hp servo on another machine in the shop . I am not going to mess with mine . but looks like for any heavy duty machine your going to be punching thread-cord like #277 or #346 then it looks like your really forced to move into larger servo drive . like a 1000 Watt Servo, single-phase 220-Volt, 1-1/2 or 1-1/3 HP . -
  14. Add to last Post: The Consew csm550 model servo motor comes with ( 75mm ) drive pulley from the factory. but, found there is available ( 50mm ) belt pulley on sale ( 18-$ ebay ) for them . also .. reading the buyer reviews from all, say that it (50mm) does control the slower rpm speed settings even better, with also adding little more torque on the bottom end of the 550 servo . same as on your old brush motors when gearing down with small pulley . .
  15. Thanks for the reply's and links . I will research more watts in power . I know there is a difference in power/torque given off of servo motors . Even though they might be same watt output . the number of magnetic pickup's and the size of magnets used, changes things much . I found this servo today researching . .. it is a 550 watt but they design with 12 pickup's rather than 9 used on most 550 watt like on the Consew 550 servo . But it also cost more than the 550 watt consew servos I use now .. but 200-$ is not out of the question if it is in fact better quality power . https://reliablecorporation.com/products/sewquiet-6000sm-servomotor This machine runs great now and I also do have a very small pulley on it also . Maybe I should not dick around with it as it runs perfect for years, got the power and control never a problem . But the machine gets used daily and Just getting tired of the noise . The 'quietness' of using brushless servo really gets you spoiled and no vibration buzzing and smooth . No loud humming in my brain seems to give me less stress and more relaxing when sitting behind a machine for few hours at a time . .