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Studio upgrade: Consew Industrial Sewing Machine

15 Aug

I’ve been wanting an industrial machine ever since I first used one 5 years ago. I’ve had a few different jobs where I sewed on them all day at work and then had to come home and use my little Janome for my own designs. It seemed so slow and weak when I knew what it felt like to sew with SPEED and POWER.  I never purchased one before because I never had enough extra space or money.  One day while patterning, I accidentally thought of a brilliant plan on how to rearrange everything in my studio that would make just the right amount of space for an industrial sewing machine table.  And, thanks to years of saving, a string of successful sales events in my etsy shop, and my super awesome (and super generous) grandparents, money wasn’t an excuse anymore either. I realized that NOW IS THE TIME FOR POWER!!! (Cue gong. Seriously, I need a gong.)

The Consew arrived assembled, bolted down, and plastic wrapped.

I had to use power tools to release the POWER from its cage.

My pups meet the machine.

And then I realized there was NO way I could get my machine into my studio myself. I recruited some helpful muscles, and awaited their arrival.

This machine is a beast.

Look at those MUSCLES! And look at that MACHINE! *swoon*

Consew 2053R-1

The machine I purchased is a Consew 2053R-1. I looked at pretty much every brand of machine I could come across and then narrowed it down to the 4 or 5 brands that I’ve sewn on before. So far, I love the machine I picked out. The manual is rubbish, so I’m figuring out all the settings on my own. It sure does look good in my studio.

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5 responses to “Studio upgrade: Consew Industrial Sewing Machine

  1. debbie Hudak

    11.18.12 at 12:51 pm

    Do you still love this machine? I am seriously considering getting one. I want a heavy duty machine that can sew home projects: sheers, curtains with trim, upholstery, canvas umbrellas, and light-to-medium weight leather. Can it handle all these well? I have read mixed reviews regarding its ability to sew medium-weight leather. Have you had experience with it on that? Thanks in advance for your response!

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    • audiohelkuik

      11.19.12 at 6:16 pm

      Honestly, I’ve been on an out of town costuming gig since a little after I blogged about my new machine, so I haven’t spent many hours sewing on it yet. I tried to figure out a way to bring it with me, but it was just too huge and heavy. Give me a few more months with it and I can have a full report!

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      • Beth

        03.15.13 at 8:05 am

        Just wondering what you think of this model now and what kinds of material you use it for. I am thinking of getting one. Are you able to get a zipper or cording foot for this machine ? Does your have a servo motor and if so how do you like it?
        Thanks

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        • audiohelkuik

          03.17.13 at 1:34 pm

          Beth: I love my machine! I mostly use it for garment weight fabrics. I’ve been mostly sewing lightweight woven cottons and bottom weight twills. I also use garment weight leather and it works great for that if I switch to a leather needle.

          I have a servo motor and I have NO regrets on that choice. My design/sewing studio is located in my house, and the quiet motor is so nice. I had hesitations at first since I’ve only used clutch motors in the past, but I really love the servo.

          I’ve never tried purchasing extra presser feet for this machine. I would be shocked if there were none available for this model.

          My main complaint with this machine is the poorly written manual and lack of info online. Whenever I have a question, I pretty much just have to mess around with my machine and figure it out on my own. It’s an okay way to learn, but also frustrating when I have deadlines.

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    • audiohelkuik

      03.16.13 at 5:13 pm

      Debbie: Yes I still love my machine. I mostly sew garments, so I can only speak about the garment fabrics I’ve been using: lightweight cottons, medium weight twill weaves, lightweight leather. I’ve never used it to sew super heavy fabrics or any leather that’s thicker than garment weight leather. It sews the lightweight leather great with a leather needle.

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