In my post about leather sewing machines, I give three very important points that should be taken into consideration while looking for a sewing machine that can stand these heavy duty projects.
The most popular heavy duty sewing machine is the Singer. If you read any heavy duty sewing machine reviews on the internet, you will almost always see the SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Model Sewing Machine or the SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Model Sewing Machine.
A Heavy Duty Sewing Machine That Measures Up
Both of those units are heavy duty sewing machines that give you a couple advantages over some big industrial sewing unit. They save space first off. Some of the big industrial sewing machines can only be operated standing up, which takes a up a lot of space. They also usually have a long arm, which isn’t practical for home usage.
With both of these machines, you will find that by changing the needle style, you can really have the best of both worlds, you can be sewing leather one day and sewing a regular light material the next. You are not committed to one or another. Their simplistic design which people talk about in the reviews is also great for durability.
If for any reason you would need parts for these units, you can find sewing machine parts at your local dealer, or right through the singer websites, which gives it a great advantage over some used sewing machine that you may find on eBay from 1970.
The Subtle Differences In A Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
Heavy duty sewing machines do have subtle differences over a standard machine, they may be so subtle that you never actually realize what is different. As an example, sewing machines that are built for heavy duty use such as the 4423,4411 etc have special safeguards against dust.
Heavier materials such as leather and vinyl are notorious for having a lot of fibers in them that will become airborne. With standard machines, these fibers do collect in areas that aren’t protected, which really can shorten the lifespan of the machine. Heavy duty machines have covers and special parts designs(as well as closed systems) that will eliminate buildup of dust,lint and other fibers.
There are a number of good brands out there that are highly recommended when it comes to a heavy duty sewing machine. Juki, Sailrite and singer are the most popular brands on the market.