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« : October 29, 2012, 03:37:16 PM »

I am looking at a 30" long arm machine w/reverse, Juki LG-158 single needle with nice table, new motor and has some features that use compressed air.  I'm not too familiar with long arms or the compressed air features but I have always wanted a long arm.  Its about 10-12 years old.  I have a Juki 1541 and love it.  Any opinions on this particular one or long arms in general?  I can get it for around $3,000.


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« #1 : October 29, 2012, 10:47:19 PM »

sounds good

inspection a must
may have beaute du diable (Fr.), that overpowing beauty for the sake of which men fling everything away
check it's been reguraly serviced
compressed air is for the auto foot lift and it may have auto trim too, check it out
air has proved more reliable than electrical components over time
the long arm is pretty handy, see link below
note that the LG-158 is a twin needle job,
the LG 158-1 single needle
lotsa guys use a twin needle as a single needle anyway
one can get a decent brand new chinese long arm clone for $3k - $5k
however clones are not really in the same league as the origonal Juki
this one probably made in China by Juki and not from Japan as the older models



go for it

good luck

l luv mopar
had the 317 fireball in a chrysler drifter panelvan, and, it purred
« : October 29, 2012, 11:21:14 PM needles eye »
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« #2 : October 30, 2012, 04:26:21 AM »

I just bought a used Juki 2210N-6 machine from a company in Texas,  that has all the same features you describe. Auto back tack, thread cutter, foot lifter.  Your hands never have to leave your work, everything is controlled by the foot pedal or knee controller.  It is nice not having to grab for the scissors any more while sewing. It is a great machine and is worth the money I spent on it.
  One thing you want to check on a older machine like this is the oil lines if it is self oiling. 
I had the machine shipped to me from Texas to San Diego.  I started using the machine, it ran great and then two days later I looked at the oil collection bottle that is connected to the bottom side of the pan and it was full of oil, tilted the machine back and one of the oil lines was broken.  In further inspection all of the lines have crystallized and gone bad.  In the process now in finding someone to replace all the lines.


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