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By Benny8
#12916
Hi everyone. New to the forum and new to auto upholstery. I recently purchased a 1972 Chevy Nova that needs full resto including seat upholstery, door panels and headliner. I found someone selling a Singer 211 with reverse and table and clutch motor. They also have a Consew 226 with reverse, table and motor. Which one would be the best for a beginner? Thank you for your time.
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By Kuph
#12917
Both are great machines. Does the 226 come with a servo motor? I could be wrong but I believe the 226 is very similar and may even be able to share parts with the juki 562 (which is extremely popular ) I’m always looking for a 226 to do a juki 563 bobbin conversion on. I have a old 211g156 that I use once in a while. Honestly when connected to a servo motor I can’t tell a difference between the 211 and any other machine. I would go with whichever one has less wear and/or larger bobbin (not sure of specifications but I believe they are the same) . Look at the paint on the base. Can’t go wrong either way. All these machines are more or less similar. Good luck (the 226 may have better parts availability)
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By Adam12
#12918
Either machine would suit you well and when equipped with a servo, ease of use would be the same. All things being equal, i would go with the 211(assuming its a 156 sub class). It should have a bigger bobbin and higher foot lift but sew on both, see which one speaks to you. If the 226 is in clearly better shape go for it, its a good machine too but the small bobbin is the reason ours stays tucked away in the back room.
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By John
#12929
Both machines will work great for you. I recent picked up a 226 on a deal I couldn't pass up. Its an awesome machine i really like it. I highly suggest getting a servo motor. That will make it much easier for you to learn on.
By Benny8
#12935
John wrote:Both machines will work great for you. I recent picked up a 226 on a deal I couldn't pass up. Its an awesome machine i really like it. I highly suggest getting a servo motor. That will make it much easier for you to learn on.
They both ended up selling. My wife and I decided to just buy a new NC1 thru the Lucky Needle. Looking forward to getting started on some projects.
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