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How to Time a Consew Sewing Machine

Industrial sewing machine being repaired.
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Industrial sewing machines, like the Consew 225, can make 3,500 stitches per minute after the break-in period. If the timing goes out, the Consew will make irregular, loose stitches. Improper timing can also damage the needle and the machine. Broken metal shards can even shoot back toward the sewing machine operator.

Use your hand to slowly turn the balance wheel counter-clockwise. Watch the walking presser foot as the outer sections step back and forth around the vibrating center presser foot with the needle hole.

Pay the most attention to the position of the vibrating foot when the needle pierces it and lifts back out. If the needle is going into the hole before the vibrating presser foot is fully down, your timing is too slow. If the vibrating foot is lifting up before the needle has pierced it, your timing is too fast. The foot should go all the way down, the needle should enter and leave, and then lift back up.

Look at the back of the sewing machine. Follow the lines of the sewing machine body, beginning at the needle, going up and to the left. Six and a half inches from the end is a large, black wing nut. A hole about two inches long and one and a half inches wide is directly behind the wing nut in the body of the machine.

There are two screws on a round metal cam about 1/2-inch thick. Release the cam screws by turning the screwdriver counter-clockwise, but do not remove the screws completely.

Turn the cam forward about 1/4 inch to increase the timing speed or backward 1/4 inch to reduce the speed. Tighten the screws with the screwdriver.

Test your adjusted timing to make sure it is correct by hand-turning the balance wheel and watching as the needle pierces the walking foot again.


It often takes a couple of tries to perfectly adjust the timing. When you tighten the screws to test the machine, make sure they are snug, but not so tight they will be stuck if further adjustments are required.

Adjusting the timing is similar for all industrial machines, but these directions are specifically created for the Consew model 224, model 224 R-1, model 225, and model 226 R-1.


  • Make sure the power is turned off before working on an industrial sewing machine.
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