The Singer 300W and clones and copies are the preferred choice of every banner maker we have dealt with. They are simply the only chainstitch machines available with compound feed (needle feed) combined with a heavy puller. Note that a clone uses interchangeable parts with the Singer 300, while copies use the same design.
There are many sub-classes of the 300 machines: From one needle to 72 needles are available with spacing as desired. All models are compound feed; some also have walking feet and/or pullers, among other variations. Varieties of 300W that are available without a puller or that may have had an add-on economy style puller installed are not discussed in this article as they are for purposes other than banner production.
The 300W machines were made in the US. The 300U machines were made in Japan. The 300U is a clone of the last varieties of 300W machines, but with a handful of parts changed. The primary parts are not metric, but are interchangeable with the 300W. Copies and clones of the 300 are produced in Japan, Taiwan, and China.
A double needle machine with around a 3/4" gauge and with a puller is a common banner machine. 1", 7/8", 3/4", 5/8", and 1/2" are all common gauges for banner hemming.
The correct puller is either of the original type of Singer pullers. One is gear driven and the other a clutch puller. These pullers are responsible for a significant portion of the cost of a used machine. Cheap clutch pullers that will not work satisfactorily can be sold outright for $100. Better pullers than these, working up to and including zero-max pullers are fair only. We would only supply the two Singer type pullers for banner operations and cannot quote on the others for this application. The machine will perform better without one of the cheap pullers installed than it will with a cheap puller installed.
The gear puller is the strongest and lowest maintenance unit. Gear pullers are not available on any lockstitch or on any other style of chainstitch machine. The 300W therefore incorporates the strongest puller when specified with the gear driven puller. It is set with a selection of gears for a specific stitch length and cannot be changed without swapping gear sets. Banner machines are most often set with either a 6, 5, or a 4 stitch per inch specification.
The clutch puller is most versatile. You can change your stitch length setting on the machine without swapping the gearset.
An optional hemming folder is used to increase production speed and attain an even edge.
This page last updated February 08, 2006
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