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ConSew industrial machine

Suki | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have an opportunity to buy an industrial machine. It is a ConSew – from the 80’s – looks to be in great condition . Am being asked to pay $500., which I think is a great price.

Does anyone out there have an experience with this machine or any opinion you want to share about it?




  1. becksnyc | | #1

    Our shop used Con-Sew machines years ago (about 10 years ago all of our machines were replaced with Jukis).  Some of the workers loved the Con-Sews so much, they bought them and took them home!

    I don't have personal experience with them, but have heard good things.  Each machine has a different history, and therefore a different performance level, depending on how it has been used or misused and if it was well maintained up to now.  Industrial machines are great!  But I'd make sure parts are still readily available and that your local mechanic is able to help in case of trouble.

    Just some tips.


    1. Suki | | #2

      The woman who is selling the machine lives in my city so I know I can get in touch with her if I need to re: parts or problems . I have already gotten the name of the shop she goes to & of her maintenance person - very important, as you say.

      I am crossing my fingers that the machine has been well taken care of in the past.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  2. FitnessNut | | #3

    My design school had a sewing room filled with ConSew machines. They were great, reliable machines. If the machine has been taken care of and properly maintained, you should get years of service from it. I second what becks was saying regarding ensuring parts are available.

    As for the price, you have to shop around in your area to compare. A new industrial in my town goes for about $1000-1200 CDN, which is not very much when compared to the $500 you are being asked to pay for a machine that is at least 13 years old. But you have to assess this for yourself based on the city in which you live.

    A suggestion....take pieces of fabrics that you regularly sew with and test the machine for yourself. See how comfortable you are with the machine (bearing in mind that it may be strange if you have no experience with an industrial) and what the stitch quality is like. Sometimes a "test drive" will answer most of your questions!

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