Member since 12/2/11
Date: 12/2/11 2:53 PM
I have been reading lots of messages about machine selection but
I have seen nothing about making boat covers or backpacks
or many layers of denim and using much bigger and stronger
threads. Do any of the "regular" ( dont really know what
that means } machines sew heavy duty stuff like that ?
Can I tell how heavy duty a machine is by how big the needle
and hole in the needle is ? assuming bigger holes allow
thicker stronger threads ? ? ?
Member since 4/22/09
In reply to preventec47
Date: 12/4/11 12:23 PM
Go with a Juki industrial.
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Member since 6/3/06
Date: 4/9/12 7:51 PM
I have a Juki TL98Q .. it's great but it's borderline .. it will go over most heavy fabrics, that's all I use, twill, duck, denim however you are pushing the limit for bag straps that are 4 layers thick with batting and twill plus two bag layers (I make bags) ... it still balks .. there is a Juki walking foot totally industrial that won't balk at all .. it's noisy and pricy. I do find mine very good though as long as I don't get too carried away with thickness. I like it so much I'm buying another Juki that has a buttonholer.
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Date: 4/9/12 8:56 PM
My Singer 15-91 could handle that...though I don't know if it could handle it day in-day out (if you'll be sewing a lot of this kind of heavy fabric? or just the one time or so).
Member since 5/28/11
Date: 4/9/12 8:56 PM
To answer your question, you cannot tell a machine by the size of the needle. A bigger needle (a 16 or 18) is stronger and can accommodate heavier thread. Most home sewing machines (regular) could do a heavy project once in awhile with a size 16 or maybe an 18 needle in it; however, they are not made to do that kind of sewing on a regular basis. It sounds like you need an industrial. People have talked about using those on here. Have you tried a search for industrial sewing machines?
Member since 12/28/09
|In reply to preventec47 <<
Date: 4/9/12 9:00 PM
If you don't have room for an industrial, a portable walking foot machine, like a Sailrite, would be a good option for the type of sewing that you want to do. Sailrites are pricy, but there are other portable walking foot machines that are similar for a few hundred less than the Sailrite. It uses a size #20 needle which can handle V92 thread.
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