Do You Need An Industrial Sewing Machine?

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Do you need an industrial sewing machine?  Take a good look in your basement and perhaps you already know the answer.  Down there under the dusty covers and dark shadows, there are the many wounded soldiers of your exploits and garage sales.  Unless you are an antique dealer or a collector, why would you want to clutter your home with any more unused machinery?  Some women buy sewing machines like they buy jeans.  Don't believe me?

Run to your nail salon and ask around.  You will find that the average women have 6 pairs of jeans, some will have more. I am guilty of this, at one point of my life, I had 12 pairs of jeans and 6 sewing machines (1 Singer, 1 Toyota, 1 Juki, 1 Janome, and 2 sergers..).  I'm not sure if you know, but Toyota actually does make sewing machines –as well as cars, trucks and just about everything else.  Then I started to ask myself –what possessed me to accumulate so many pairs of jeans and this amount of sewing machines?

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The answer was quite simple, I was not entirely satisfied with the product.  I kept looking for a pair of jeans that would look good and are comfortable, and I kept buying cheap ones in the hope that one day I will find the one.  I did find a couple, but they never lasted more than a year, and I was left once again hunting for the perfect pair.  Until one day I had to move to a tropical place.  My needs changed and with it the need for 12 pairs of jeans.  If I take 40 dollars and multiply it by 12, I have enough to buy a pair that is made with the best design and shaping capabilities.

Like the need for a better pair of jeans, our need for a reliable sewing machine arrives in the shape of the mountains of projects forgotten and put aside because we were not happy with the look of the buttonhole or the zigzag doesn't work anymore or the machine is skipping stitches when sewing bulky items, etc. etc.  Notice how after a marathon of sewing, your domestic sewing machine is never quite the same?  This is because home sewing machines are not meant to be used for an extended period of time.  Do you want a sewing machine that can do everything? Everything? Really..? What does that even mean?  Can it attach lining on its own while playing Bach in the background?  There is no such thing as a perfect sewing machine that does everything.  With time I have learned that 95 percent of the stitches I will never use and that professional-looking buttonhole is everything.

So now, do you need to buy an industrial sewing machine?

Like with many things, the answer is “It depends.”  You could certainly argue that an industrial sewing machine is what separates the amateurs from the professionals.  Here are a few other considerations:

  • Do you want to declutter your home by getting rid of mediocre machinery?
  • Do you want to supplement your income with your sewing and need a reliable machine with a professional-looking stitch?
  • Do you want to combine different types of material together for accessories?
  • Do you work with canvas, jeans, leather or sequined fabrics?
  • Do you sew every day for more than 4 hours a day?
  • Do you own an embroidery machine and are thinking of making quilts and handbags?

Then the answer is yes!

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As with my sewing machines, I traded my jeans for a nice pair of well-fitted dark color  7 for all mankind jeans slimming illusion –I like the illusion part the best– and, Yes, I have only one pair now.  Expensive for sure, but worth every penny.

How many sewing machines then?  I think of machines as the brush of a painter.  You can use your hands or have just one, but the true and full answer is 3.  One serger, one domestic machine that makes flawless buttonholes, and my workhorse –an old Pfaff 563 that is reliable and noisy like a tractor, but it sews many layers of fabric together, thick leather and finishes the job efficiently and quickly.

How many sewing machines do you have?  Would you consider an industrial one?  Do you have the perfect sewing machine for your needs?  Leave a comment on the box below.  We'd love to hear your opinion.

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618 Responses to Do You Need An Industrial Sewing Machine?

  1. Vlierbloesem says:

    It is not the price that makes a pair of jeans fit. It just has to be the right match. Same goes for machinery.

  2. Giselle Rylie says:

    I wish I had an industrial sewing machine. I want to sew jeans, leather and suede coats, bags and wallets. I also want to restore my old sofa. My brother’s sewing machine is still upright, I bought it in 1987 with bills that went up to $ 2. I think it’s time to have a heavier sewing machine.

  3. wonderwomankat says:

    I have 4. An industrial Juki, multistitch quilting singer, babylock serger, and brother embroidery machine. Each has a specific function and my Juki is my go-to for most of my sewing needs.

  4. Tracy Torchon says:

    I would love to receive a new industrial machine to start making my own handmade bags and wallets.

  5. Sandi Bradley says:

    I have a sewing business and will be sewing full time as it is taking off! An industrial machine will give my designs a more professional look and I’m excited to think I can sew on one of these reliable machines that can handle anything I throw at it!

  6. Brenda says:

    If the give a way is still going I would love an industrial machine. Both of my machines have died and I can not take them anywhere because of the Coronavirus. Thank you

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      No Brenda this has ended and was up for a month, if you want a better chance use the link I send on the newsletter as soon as it comes out.

  7. Laura Fox says:

    Although I’ve been sewing for years, I now fine my hands cramp and ache when I sew. I’m afraid I’ll have to stop sewing ?

    An industrial machine would be great, as it would save time, and give me a knee control.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  8. Ruth Vincent says:

    My name is Ruth Vincent from Aurora, Co. I have a Juki Exceed that I have used for over 8 years. Great machine but would love to update. I have been sewing my Mother taught me how to make Barbie doll clothes 58 years ago! I know many women can relate to Barbie and making her wardrobe. Well, time to go back to sewing. Look forward to winning a new Juki! Know we All could use one. Best Wishes to All! And Be Safe and have Fun Sewing!????

  9. Vicki Prather says:

    Would love an industrial Juki! My mother and I would love to start setting up at craft shows selling an assortment of hand made items from potholders to purses. We have several sewing machines we switch out using for the different items we make the oldest being my Kenmore I received as a graduation gift in 1975. Two older ones that I learned to sew on have died.

  10. Chris Logan says:

    I’d love to have an Industrial machine as my Sewing passion (love) is recycling, repairing and or customizing clothing, backpacks, totes, car top carriers, prom dresses, suits, draperies, lawn chair webbing, quilts, purses, upholstery and even motorcycle seats.

  11. Margery says:

    I am retiring soon and look forward to sewing up the beautiful fabrics I have collected over the past few years in anticipation of being able to sew all day, every day. An industrial machine would be the best thing to have!

  12. JULIE A BEASLEY says:

    I’d LOVE an industrial machine! It’s just the thing I am looking for in a sewing machine. Something that could tackle anything I threw at it!!

  13. Hazel Wyndham says:

    I started sewing in the 1950’s on a Singer Treadle machine while taking a Home Economics course in high school. I still have a Singer Model 66 Treadle Machine, 3 electric sewing machines (a Precision Built Japanese Model 5500, a Kenmore, a JC Penney Model 6915 and an Simplicity Easy Lock Serger Machine. Of all the machines the Easy Lock has been the most difficult to use. It requires constant adjustment and the hardest part is the threading. When everything is right, I love what I can do with it. It requires the greatest amount of patience. You have to know that I have not learned my lesson in Patience 101. I have made numerous types of garments, accessories, quilts, and including recycling denim into things as gifts: skirts, purses, backpacks, shorts, etc. Needless to say I’ve had to purchase quite a few needles and really coax the machine through the thick parts. I’d love to have the experience the Juki would afford of cruising’ through the items as I create with no coaxing and be free to sew all materials as I wish. Thanks for listening.

  14. Sheila says:

    Yes I would love to have a Juke Industrial sewing machine. I make and sell American Girl Doll Clothing, hair ties, bows, bibs items. My inventory is always low as I can’t sew fast enough with my little Bernina sewing machine. It’s always been my dream to have an industrial machine but never in the budget.

  15. Elizabeth Marlow says:

    Let’s go for it!

  16. Rebecca English says:

    Yes! I need an industrial machine. I enjoy making totes, bags and purses. This machine would go they the layers with no problem!!! Hope my name is drawn!!! Rebecca in Carmichael, ca

    • Angie Hopson says:

      I would absolutely Love to win a industrial strength sewing machine. I have never had a new one! I have only had hand me downs that have always had something wrong with them in one way or another. Thank You for the chance and Good Luck Everyone!!

  17. Peggy Ferrari says:

    I’ve been wanting an industrial machine for some time. It would be beneficial to sew jeans and make pillows And other crafts where there are multiple layers, difficult to keep pushing through when my machine is struggling. I would love this. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this.

  18. Pat Bean says:

    Well, I think you just might have convinced me. I want to start working with leather. My son is a member of a fencing group that performs at Ren Faires and gives demos at schools. I would like to make garb for him, including leather accessories. I also work with canvas and make bags. While my machine does a pretty good job, I admit sometimes it doesn’t quite perform perfectly. An industrial machine would power through the layers like butter.

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