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Thread: can you use a consew for fmq???

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    can you use a consew for fmq???

    I have seen these machines wonder if they can do fmq anyone know about this

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    I just did a web search. Looks like they're for heavy duty sewing. And the specs indicate it's a pretty heavy machine in terms of weight.

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    I bought a used Gammill frame with a machine on it several years ago. The machine is a Consew 106 - it FMQs.

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    Are you looking at any one machine in particular? Do you have any more information about it? Or pictures of it?

    I'm thinking of buying a straight lockstitch industrial for FMQ. Because they're so high-speed, you're probably going to have to put a router controller between the outlet and the motor to get the speed down to a manageable level.

    If the bobbin is vertical, any lockstitch industrial without a top feed (walking foot, even feed) should work just fine. When I find the one I want, I plan to remove the feed dogs and replace the needle plate with a darning plate - no slots for feed dogs, just the single needle hole.

    They pop up on craigslist pretty frequently, with clean tables and machines - at MUCH lower prices than those for new midarm machines.

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    thanks for the info

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    I don't know about FMQ but consew are great machines. I used to use one. Great for straight line sewing.

    I would think if you can cover or drop the feed dogs and adjust stitch length to zero and have a darning foot you can do this. Simple, right !

    I just watched a tute where on one machine that the feed dogs didn't drop the teacher covered the whole sewing surface with plastic cling wrap (nice and tight around the edges so as not to shift) and this simple tip allowed her to move the fabric without having the feed dogs interfer. Isn't that cool!
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