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Recommendation for the best sewing machine to make messenger and duffle bags
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Date: 1/17/13 1:02 AM

I'm currently using a Pfaff Smart for making clothes, mostly dresses, it's great for this use. I just made a duffle bag with this machine, it turned out alright, but not the right machine for the job. Please any recommendations for a sewing machine for heavy fabrics and projects would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Isabella LeBeau

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Date: 1/17/13 6:57 AM

What kind of fabric are you sewing with? Are you looking for an industrial machine or regular machine? I have a sailrite for all my heavy bags. It's a portable machine.....kind of noisy but it will sew through many layers of ANYTHING.

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Date: 1/17/13 3:50 PM

I would look for vintage or industrial.

Don't use your good sewing or serging machines for the heavy work.

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Date: 1/17/13 9:49 PM

Thanks for the input:) I'm using fabrics of upholstry/tapestry. Double layer, lined with a fleece and plastic mesh middle for support. Trying to upload an image but not sure how to post here.

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Date: 1/17/13 9:53 PM

Also, should the seems inside be surged? The tapestry fabrics unravel so much. Is there a heavy duty machine that also surges, or would I need 2 different sewing machines to accomplish this? Thanks

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Date: 1/17/13 10:03 PM

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Date: 1/18/13 0:09 AM

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Also, should the seems inside be surged? The tapestry fabrics unravel so much. Is there a heavy duty machine that also surges, or would I need 2 different sewing machines to accomplish this? Thanks

If you serge the individual cuts this will be an easier task for the serger.

Then stitch the seam with the sewing machine.

A serger is best used for clean finishing. They do not give a good, tight seam.

Test a a couple layers of the fabric and you will see the sewing machine provides a stronger seam than that of the sergers left needle.

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Date: 1/18/13 8:11 AM

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Also, should the seems inside be surged? The tapestry fabrics unravel so much. Is there a heavy duty machine that also surges, or would I need 2 different sewing machines to accomplish this? Thanks

Most of the bags that I've come across use bias tape on the inside seams. This has the advantage of letting you use a durable material (more durable than the bag itself) on the seam, as seams tend to get rubbed a lot. (Again, looking at the assorted bags and backpacks around here.)
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Date: 1/18/13 8:20 AM

Oh boy I tried something close to what you are using & you can easily damage the motor & throw off the timing in many machines. Even my 306 Singer & 201 could not do it ......... had to go very very slow & use heavy duty denim needle. .......... I would be very careful with the new sm........... it is high price to take it to sewing machine repair for motor work, timing, & anything else that can happen... uh bent feed dogs etc...................... wish I could be more help.................
My friend has managed a few such bags on her Neechi that is about 45 years old ... going slow & using heavy duty needle .... very slowly & only straight stitch. ..... first zig zag the edges of the fabric is what she does after cutting out the bag & then sew seams. ....
hope this helps a tiny bit....

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Date: 1/18/13 2:04 PM

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[quote] Also, should the seems inside be surged? The tapestry fabrics unravel so much. Is there a heavy duty machine that also surges, or would I need 2 different sewing machines to accomplish this? Thanks

Most of the bags that I've come across use bias tape on the inside seams. This has the advantage of letting you use a durable material (more durable than the bag itself) on the seam, as seams tend to get rubbed a lot. (Again, looking at the assorted bags and backpacks around here.)

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another advantage of using tape on the seams is it lets you do the entire bag with a single needle machine. (With the right attachment, applying tape is pretty easy and fast)

Also, tape will make the seams stiffer, which may mean you can use a lighter fabric and still have a bag that has shape when it's empty. That's true even if the tape itself has no body.
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