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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Industrial vs. Domestic ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 3/2/11 7:43 AM

At what point did you decided to switch from using a domestic machine to an industrial machine if you're not starting your own business?

I've read a few reviews on industrial machines and many wonder why they ever started with domestic. We know that industrials can often be less expensive than domestics but they're very specific in what they do, i.e., straight stitch or zig-zag only. And as many know, rarely are the fancy stitches ever utilized.

Did you get rid of your domestic machines? If so, how do you make button holes (if you don't have a zig-zag machine)? Did you purchase a button hole machine?

Still looking at the Juki and watching YouTube videos. The Servo motors are great!



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Date: 3/2/11 7:59 AM

I got an industrial machine when I was in college for Fashion Design years ago. I sewed most of my collection on it. It was a very old Singer from a factory. I still have it and love it. I did not get rid of my domestic machine because it had its purpose (buttonholes and such). I primarily use my industrial now for topstitching and quick sewing long seams. I like the heavy look of the topstitching and the fact that it has the power to sew over many, many layers without any issues. I've never had to have any service on it. It's a workhorse that will probably last forever. It also belonged to a beloved Aunt of mine so it also has sentimental significance.

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Date: 3/2/11 8:17 AM

I don't have any industrial machines, although I have drooled over some!
I can't really imagine that anyone would totally replace domestic machines with a single industrial, unless they only did one very specific type of sewing.
Of course, most of us obsessive lunatics can't live without multiple domestic machines, and they are meant to be multi-purpose!

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Date: 3/2/11 9:33 AM

I am lusting after a Bernina 950. They are hybrids with a few extra stitches and built-in buttonhole, I believe. That will keep me away from the silly stitches on the "TOL" machines I have no interest in buying. I think the 950's are expensive with motor and stands.

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Date: 3/2/11 9:34 AM

Today's industrials are so wonderful that I would even recommend them for beginners. They are so much easier to operate and control than home machines.

Two years ago I trained my husband to sew a fully lined vest, he'd never made so much as a pillowcase before. He loved the industrials immediately. Just for grins, I put him on the home machine when he was done. He was extremely annoyed, cannot stand it, won't have anything to do with them.

I don't make many button holes (because I have to use the home machine for them) but I do plan on buying a siruba button holer this year. It will do about 60 different kinds, everything from tiny eyelets to making three different buttonholes of three different sizes automatically. Just set it and go.

btw, the industrials with servos are programmable to an extent. My DL9010 (needle-feed) will do a variety of things, one of them being automatic label sewing.

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Date: 3/2/11 9:53 AM


What prices are you seeing on those sirubas. I can only find one on the home site.. which has not much info.. and a lot of it not in English.. Any recommended stores would be helpful too.. thanks..

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Date: 3/2/11 10:04 AM

I have been looking a lot at these machines lately.. lots of them on our CL too.. but I am thinking of buying new..
I believe I saw a price of l000 on the juki buttonholer.. And I am curious the differences in the juki 8500 to the 8700..
Those servos are tough motors btw..

The bernina 950 is not even in this league at all IMHO.. Its more semi maybe.. In fact after researching its not even being considered as an addition to my stable. Its actually made by tacsew.. and is the same as the tacsew. but at a higher price due to the Bernina label on it.

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Date: 3/2/11 10:08 AM


Now tholtz.. you know me better than that.. I just like to play with all my machines.. and love to play with the decor stitches you don't get on the industrials. Of course when I have real work to do I turn to my vintage or my l600P.. or such.. I don't even know the extent of what my domestics will handle.. as I DON'T push them to their limits, especially not knowing exactly what those limits would be.
You really don't need an industrial, or even a semi industrial for garment sewing.. And in that same train of thought , a simple machine you would use for garments, would not be used everyday for home dec or industrial sewing.. unless of course you are using a vintage machine in your everyday sewing.. Still if I were sewing loads of home dec.. which I do.. I would get an industrial.. which I did..

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Date: 3/2/11 10:30 AM

Pigling, I want to see a photo of your stable!!

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Date: 3/2/11 10:32 AM

Quote: Kathleen Fasanella
Today's industrials are so wonderful that I would even recommend them for beginners. They are so much easier to operate and control than home machines.



Two years ago I trained my husband to sew a fully lined vest, he'd never made so much as a pillowcase before. He loved the industrials immediately. Just for grins, I put him on the home machine when he was done. He was extremely annoyed, cannot stand it, won't have anything to do with them.



I don't make many button holes (because I have to use the home machine for them) but I do plan on buying a siruba button holer this year. It will do about 60 different kinds, everything from tiny eyelets to making three different buttonholes of three different sizes automatically. Just set it and go.



btw, the industrials with servos are programmable to an extent. My DL9010 (needle-feed) will do a variety of things, one of them being automatic label sewing.

Thanks for checking in Kathleen, I saw your review on the Reliable Servomotor, how's that going? Is it still holding up?

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