You can hardly call yourself an Industrial Sewing machine supplier without mentioning the Consew 206RB. In this article, we'll compare the similar Juki model, outline the features of the Consew 206 and its' production history. You'll also find an overview video of the machine, where we cover using it and fixing common problems. This particular machine came out about 30 years ago. Occasionally an older model will make its' way to our repair shop. Generally speaking, they can be repaired, though it may be more cost-effective to just get a new one. Read the article below or just check out the video. 

The CONSEW 206RB Overview

With a long-standing reputation for heavy-duty performance, the Consew 206RB walking foot machine delivers power with a triple action feed comparable to the Juki DNU-1541S. With quite a few comparison points we will discuss both machines here a bit. There are a couple of differences between these two popular industrial walking foot machines. The Consew does cost a few hundred less than the Juki. Then it is pertinent to mention the companies behind the equipment. This Juki we're speaking of is manufactured in their factory in Ohtawara, Japan. Consew, which is headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey moved its manufacturing from Japan to China, presumably to reduce production cost. There are many professionals in the industry who seem to think that the quality of the machine has declined since the move. However, it's important to mention that Juki also broadened the manufacturing locations for some of their equipment. The notable DDL-8700, for instance, is now produced in several countries across the globe including Vietnam and China. This was a business decision that did not go unnoticed by Juki loyalists though. After enough feedback from their customer base, Juki decided to release a Japanese made version of the machine, calling it the Juki DDL-5550 - which is only made in Japan. Regardless of where it is made, the machine still has the sales numbers to support the idea that it's a great industrial walking foot. So now let's discuss the similarities between the two triple-action feed machines.

The Consew 206 and the Juki DNU-1541 are very similar in many ways. The two look alike with their boxy shape. Both are rated for heavy-duty industrial sewing of projects that include; auto, marine, canvas, upholstery, and various coated and laminated materials. The features on each of these are very close as well. We will say that the Juki feels a bit smoother in its' operation. However, both machines are very capable and come from a long history of well-crafted products. 

The 206 is a reliable sewing machine with a compound walking foot, with a large bobbin and hook. It has an adjustable stitch length up to 10mm and has a 14mm foot lift.
Here are the details of the Consew 206RB-5:
  • Triple Feed 
  • Heavy Duty
  • Single Needle
  • Drop Feed
  • Needle Feed
  • Compound Feed
  • Alternating (Walking) Presser Feet
  • Lockstitch Machine
  • Takes 135x17 Needles

  • Centralized Arm Lubrication
  • Reservoir-Oiled Hook with Micrometic Control Valve
  • Large Horizontal Axis Rotary Hook and Bobbin
  • Adjustable Reverse Feed
  • Locking Stitch Regulator
  • Safety Clutch

Applications Include:
  • auto, boat and furniture upholstery
  • tarpaulins
  • covers
  • sails
  • tents
  • camping trailer covers
  • awnings
  • umbrellas
  • tops
  • bags
  • luggage
  • handbags
  • travelware accessories
  • sports and camping equipment
  • wearing apparel
  • outdoor clothing
  • canvas shoes
  • slippers
  • orthopedic appliances
  • etc.
In short, the 206 is a great walking foot machine that usually runs a few hundred dollars less than the Juki equivalent. We make it our business to sell equipment that we believe will provide you with lasting performance.