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Consew 206rb1 stopped sewing

I'm in the middle of an upholstery job and my consew stopped working correctly. I believe everything is threaded correctly. And I've used this machine on several occasions with no issues what so ever. I'm assuming it may have something to do with the timing. Everything was going just fine then all of a sudden I noticed that it was just leaving holes in the fabric while sewing. I figured the bobbin might have been out of thread. So I checked it and still had more than a half spool left. I reinserted it and the upper thread pulls the bobbin thread up without any issue. But whenever I start to sew it still just leaves a trail of holes in the fabric. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Kathleen DeChellis
    Kathleen DeChellis May 18, 2014

    Also the take up lever being incorrectly threaded can cause problems.



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Have you tried a new needle? Needles should be changed out before each project and if a large project, several times during the project.

Posted on May 17, 2014

  • Mike Chisolm
    Mike Chisolm May 18, 2014

    The needle looked to be in great shape. However I did change the needle several times trying to resolve this issue. Thanks for the advice though. I appreciate it.

  • Kathleen DeChellis
    Kathleen DeChellis May 18, 2014

    Sometimes needles look good when they are not. Unfortunately, a dull needle is hard to spot. Sorry it was not the issue. That is the easiest to solve.



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