On a visit to Gold Coast Sewing and Vacuum in West Palm Beach, Florida, I had an opportunity to review the Consew 206RB-5 industrial sewing machine.
This particular machine looked extremely familiar. A search of past reviews revealed that I had actually reviewed a smaller version of this very same machine – the portable Consew 206R a while back.
The Consew 206RB-5 is larger, heavier and therefore, designed to handle more challenging tasks, such as auto, boat and furniture upholstery; tents; tarpaulins; sails; camping and sports equipment; awnings; umbrellas; shoes; purses; luggage and the like. It is also a good option for sewing apparel and coats for men, women and children.
At A Glance
The Consew 206RB-5 is a full size table mounted machine with lots of features that are not available on the portable 206R. Some of these features are available on the 206RB-5 merely because it is mounted on a table.
Those features include a separate bobbin winder and a bobbin storage compartment on the right side of the machine. There is also an on board ruler and lamp as well as a cone thread stand that is designed to hold two extra-large cones of thread simultaneously.
In addition to those enhancements, the straight stitch only Consew 206RB-5 also has an extra-large bobbin, a large reverse stitch lever, adjustable stitch length up to 10 mm and a centralized lubrication system that makes routine maintenance quick and easy.
The stitch length adjustment dial is on the column. The oversize reverse stitch lever is directly beneath the stitch length adjustment control. The proximity of these two controls is not only efficient, the design is ergonomic as well.
- Extra-long stitch length (10mm – 2 ½ stitches per inch)
- Large Bobbin
- Extra high presser foot clearance ( 9/16″)
- Centralized lubrication
- Gear driven hook mechanism
- Safety clutch
- Adjustable forward and reverse length
- Accessories (presser feet, needles, etc., interchangeable with Consew models 226R-2, 255RB-2)
- Changeable needle plate and feed dog
- Locking stitch regulator
- Drop feed
Working on the Consew 206RB-5
Threading the Consew 206RB-5 and winding the bobbin are not difficult tasks for those who are accustomed to working on older model sewing machines or industrial sewing machines.
The process is relatively easy to figure out. The super quiet Servo motor is a major advantage over a clutch motor.
With this motor installed on an industrial sewing machine the noise level in a workroom is reduced so much that it is actually possible to hear a pin drop when it is turned on and idle.
Like all industrial sewing machines, when the Consew 206RB-5 is engaged, there is noise, but not so much so that I would consider it to be excessively loud.
There is also some vibration, but not so much that it would interfere with the machine’s operation or its finished products.
The stitch quality is superb. This is to be expected when working with a single function machine.
When a machine does just one thing, you are entitled to fully expect it to do that one thing exceptionally well.
That is definitely the case here. Each stitch, regardless of the selected length, comes out with precise accuracy and perfection.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
- Extra bobbins
- Extra needles
- Oil dispenser
- 3 Screwdrivers (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small)
- Two double head wrenches (1 large, 1 small)
- Spool pin
- 2 Hex keys (1 medium, 1 small)
- Extra screws
- Knee lifter
- Owner’s manual
- Parts manual
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
The Consew 206RB-5 can easily handle nearly all types of materials, including light to heavy weight fabric, leather and suede of all thicknesses and weights, upholstery fabric, canvas, twill and sail cloth, faux fur, all weights of vinyl and laminated fabrics of all thicknesses.
Sewing on the Consew 206RB-5 is comfortable and lightning fast. A sewing speed of more than 3000 stitches per minute can be intimidating to anyone who is not accustomed to working on an industrial machine. There are plenty of sewing machines designed for industrial use that are not as fast as this one.
The heavy duty walking foot and the extra-large bobbin make it possible to work for extended periods of time without having to stop to change the bobbin.
Having the table mounted bobbin winder paired with the bobbin storage tray alongside it is an added advantage because you can wind multiple bobbins while sewing and have as many bobbins as you need to finish a task at the ready.
Working on the Consew 206RB-5 is not a real challenge for anyone who is accustomed to using a sewing machine. Reading the manual, however, is no real help.
Like the manuals written for all Consew models and other machines manufactured in parts of Asia, the manual is written by people for whom English is not the first language. The grammar, spelling and sentence structure is quite challenging to say the least.
When it’s all said and done, I think the Consew 206RB-5 is a reliable, dependable industrial sewing machine that would be an asset to any workroom – even if that workroom is in a private home.
If you are interested in making shoes, handbags, luggage, or if sewing upholstery whether it is for furniture or automobiles, the Consew 206RB-5 might be the perfect fit to satisfy your needs. The fact that it can handle sailcloth, and all weights of leather, suede and vinyl is a definite advantage.
The Consew 206RB-5 is affordably priced and its whisper quiet Servo motor makes it an ideal choice for any busy sewing room – especially a very busy one where noise can be a distraction of any type.
The excellent stitch quality and the fact that this machine can produce stitches up to 2 ½ inches in length makes it an excellent choice for those large scale sewing tasks.
While stitches as long as that are not required by the average home sewer, they are an absolute necessity for those of us who engage in special projects and especially for those businesses that engage in manufacturing certain types of specialty products.
If your sewing projects are too large or bulky for the sewing machines in your home, you owe it to yourself to take a close look at the Consew 206RB-5.
If your business is one that requires the type of sewing machine that can sew more than 3000 stitches per minute and sew through extra thick layers of fabric as well as leather, vinyl and canvas with ease, I suggest that you visit your local authorized Consew dealer and ask for a demonstration of the Consew 206RB-5 the next time you are in the market for a new straight stitch only sewing machine to add to your workroom.
My one word of caution is to be sure you are comfortable working on this machine before purchasing it. The owner’s manual is going to be of little help if you need to refer to it in order to set the machine up, operate or maintain it, or to troubleshoot any problems that may come up during the life of this machine.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needsassistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sewintricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
- Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewingtechniques and terminology.
- High Speed industrial sewing machine
- Difficult to understand owner’s manual