The Consew CN 2053 R-1 is a heavy duty industrial sewing machine that is capable of rendering up to 2,500 stitches in a single minute. This machine is a tailor’s dream.
The Consew CN 2053 R-1 is a no-frills workhorse. It is large and fast enough to be efficient, yet easy for the advanced sewer to operate and sturdy enough to stand up to a lot of intense work over extended hours for a long, long time.
At A Glance
This particular machine is equipped with a 220 volt/550 watt ¾ horsepower Electronic Servo motor, making it quieter and more energy efficient than the traditional clutch motors which are used on many industrial sewing machines.
At 30 pounds, the 3450 RPM Electronic Servo motor weighs 30 pounds, meaning it is about 15 pounds lighter than a standard clutch industrial sewing machine motor.
The electronic motor is idle when the machine is not actually running and runs only when presser foot engaged. It features a six volt plug which can be used to connect ancillary units if necessary.
Not only is the sewing room more quiet, with the Electronic Servo motor, it is also cooler. Clutch motors, on the other hand, run constantly from the time the power switch is turned on until it is shut off.
The high torque electronic servo motor is easy to install, requiring no clutch disc. A belt guard is included and rubber motor mounts reduce annoying vibration when the machine is in use.
The top of the adjustable height worktable measures 47 x 21 inches, and features an on-board gooseneck lamp, which can be easily adjusted to shed plenty of light on sewing projects.
The table height can be set to stand at as low as 24 inches up to 36 inches on durable galvanized steel legs, allowing for optimum work height for sewers of any size.
The all metal construction of this utilitarian machine head is uncomplicated and easy for the advanced sewer to sit down and go to work.
The Consew 2053 R-1 requires a very small learning curve for anyone who is well versed in the basic operation of a sewing machine.
The highly functional and easy to use built in bobbin winder, horizontal axis transverse rotary hook and drop feed single needle features enable the user to get up and running on any project quickly, no matter if it is an alternation, a mending task or constructing a new garment.
The combination zigzag and straight stitching capacity makes it easy to attach lace or elastic as well as to finish a seam, or embroider.
The Consew CN 2053 R-1 can deliver up to 2,500 stitches in a minute. Straight length varies from 0-5mm for straight stitches and 0-9 millimeters for zigzag stitches.
Reverse stitching and seam or stitch locking is made easy with the handy reverse stitch lever, conveniently located on the right hand side of the machine head.
With the Consew CN 2053 R-1, users can raise the presser foot two different ways – by using the knee lift located at the right knee, or via the traditional method by lifting the lever situated behind the needle.
While the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is a single needle machine, the needle position can be adjusted to accommodate custom jobs with just one step. The built in bobbin winder is convenient and uncomplicated.
The work table features a drawer on the left hand side to accommodate accessories like scissors, tape measures, oil and other essentials, but it isn’t large enough to hold the owner’s manual.
On the right side of the table, a customized tray is inserted to hold an assortment of small accessories like bobbins, pins, needles, thimbles and needle threaders.
The power switch is easy to find at our fingertips on the right corner of the worktable.
Working on the Consew CN 2053R-1
With its ability to produce up to 2,500 stitches per minute, this is one of the fastest sewing machines around.
The foot pedal does require a little bit more than a light tough to get going, but when it gets engaged, the Consew CN 2053 R-1 really takes off.
Adjusting the stitch length or zigzag width is not complicated, but it isn’t all that easy to figure out how to master the feature.
However, once you perfect that skill, you will find that adjusting the stitch width length and width is not at all difficult.
Locking the zigzag stitch length is easily accomplished by simply turning a small knob just above the stitch length regulator.
Threading the needle and winding the bobbin are uncomplicated tasks, if you already know how to get the jobs done, but don’t rely on the owner’s manual.
Reading the instruction manual that comes with the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is like reading Chinese – literally.
That’s because the machine was manufactured in China and the manual was clearly written by people for whom English is not the first language.
Adjusting the tension is not difficult for the advanced sewer who is accustomed to the fine art of finding the just right tension adjustment for the thread and fabric they are working with, but the process could prove to be quite the challenge for the novice sewer or even the advanced sewer who has become accustomed to sewing machines equipped with an automatic tension adjustment feature.
Working on the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is fast and quiet… at least quiet when compared to industrial sewing machines equipped with clutch motors.
The one quarter inch clearance under the presser foot paired with adjustable presser foot pressure makes this machine a good choice for alterations, mending, garment construction, and lightweight upholstery projects.
It is also great for working with elastic or lace. You could even use the Consew CN 2053 R-1 to work with thin to medium thickness leather and suede.
There is a button that releases the pressure on the presser foot, allowing for slightly thicker fabrics, but this machine is ideally suited for thin, lighter weight fabrics.
The Consew CN 2053 R-1 can be purchased assembled for approximately $900 or unassembled for about $300 less.
Assembling the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is not any more complicated than putting any other industrial sewing machine up.
In the case of this one, the installation process for the Electronic Servo motor is no more tedious than installing a clutch motor because the motor mounts are in the exact same locations as those found on clutch motors.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
Accessories included with the Consew CN 2053 R-1 include:
- Extra bobbins
- A variety of throat plates
- Presser feet to accommodate straight and zigzag sewing
- A mesh spool cover
- Thread holders
- A plastic cover to protect the head from dust and dirt when it is not in use
- An owner’s 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
This is not a machine for novices or the faint at heart. While the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is easy for advanced sewers to operate, this fast high efficiency sewing machine could potentially turn the new sewer against ever touching a sewing machine again.
It is not by any stretch of the imagination user friendly for someone who hasn’t been sewing long.
Like other industrial sewing machines, the Consew 2053 R-1 does not come equipped with any of the familiar user-friendly perks like guides for threading, bobbin winding and applying oil that have become standard on home sewing machines.
Nor does it make it easy for the novice sewer to figure out how to adjust stitch length or width.
This, coupled with the speed and the mere thought of working on this sturdy, heavy duty machine with its motor housed underneath the worktable, is enough to strike fear in the heart of anyone who might be new to sewing or intimidated by large, high speed machinery.
Once you get the hang of it, however, creating zigzag designs, monograms and freehand machine embroidery is not much of a challenge for the advanced sewer.
The Consew CN 2053 R-1 is great for lightweight sewing jobs. If you already have the right sewing skills, it can monogram and give you some really good freehand zigzag results including monograms and embroidery tasks.
But it takes practice. If you have the time to do that, the Consew CN 2053 R-1 could become your best friend.
It is perfect for a tailor or dressmaker who specializes in alterations or custom made suits, dresses, evening gowns and shirts.
Working with lace and elastic is easy with the Consew CN 2053 R-1 for the advanced tailor or seamstress.
On the other hand, however, if making heavy upholstery, thick winter coats or working with a lot of thick heavy fabrics like denim or heavy canvas is your thing, then this is not the machine for you.
The owner’s manual that comes with the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is extremely challenging to read and even more difficult to understand.
The machine is manufactured in China, and that fact could not be more evident than when you try to read the manual. Most of the manual is written in Chinese.
The English translation is poor at best. For example, every time the word “tension” appears in this challenging owner’s manual it is spelled “tendion.”
This occurs no less than four times. Other consistent misspellings are found throughout the manual as well. The grammar is so difficult to follow that you could easily get confused.
Quite honestly, it is probably better for anyone who buys this machine to toss the owner’s manual aside altogether and figure out how to use the Consew CN 2053 R-1 on your own.
The Consew CN 2053 R-1 is definitely not for the timid sewer or for one who does not already know their way around a sewing machine.
Anyone who sews professionally would be pleased with this machine. However, do not try to teach your kids or grandkids how to sew on this machine.
Between the speed; the nearly impossible to understand user manual and instructions; and the non-user friendly machine itself, the Consew CN 2053 R-1 is only for the well heeled sewer who is not at all intimidated by it.
The quiet energy efficient motor is eco friendly and fast. It is definitely a plus… a surefire move toward a more earth-friendly, energy conscious world.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
- Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
- 2,500 stitches per minute
- Quiet energy efficient motor
- Not good for sewing thick fabrics, leather or suede
- Difficult to read and understand the owner’s manual
- Not suitable for beginners