Help me buy the right industrial sewing machine
June 10, 2010 1:46 AM Subscribe
I need an industrial sewing machine. But which one?
posted by tim_in_oz to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been fooling around sewing webbing and cordura for a while, making cycling and climbing related gear. I've worked up a few designs for bags and accessories for cyclists and I want to do some small runs of these and sell them through a local shop.
Up until now I have been using an ancient Pfaff 20. To be fair, it struggles on anything beyond a single layer of fabric. I have to hand crank it through a lot of stuff and the stitch length is very uneven, probably due to feeding problems. I think I need a machine designed to handle this sort of sewing.
I would be sewing a mixture of nylon webbing (think car seat belt), cordura, vinyl coated nylon, canvas and the odd bit of leather. Most likely using a heavy bonded nylon thread.
There are a million different varieties of industrial sewing machine out there, but for my purposes I'm looking at fixed foot machines that just do straight stitching, fixed foot machines that do straight and zig-zag, and walking foot machines that do straight stitching. I want something with enough grunt to sew multiple laters of cordura and canvas at slow speeds without stalling. I doubt that I need any sophisticated computer control, although things like automatic back tacking or being able to select needle up/needle down might be useful.
Any suggestions on specific models, or on the sort of features I should be looking for. Common brnds here in Oz include Consew, Juki, Pfaff, Singer, Brother, Bernina, Mitsubishi etc.