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Message Board > Sewing Machines > What sewing machine is best to sew through REALLY thick fabric? 1/2 inch ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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What sewing machine is best to sew through REALLY thick fabric? 1/2 inch
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Date: 3/4/13 0:51 AM

I'm looking for some advice on what type of sewing machine I need in order to sew through really thick woven fabrics. Some parts are around 1/2 inch thick and won't fit underneath my regular machine's sewing foot. I'm thinking that an industrial machine is probably my best bet but not too sure on which type. I've read about walking foot machines -would this work? It would be a bonus if i could also sew through thick leather with the same machine but its not a must. Any advice is appreciated!

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Date: 3/4/13 1:27 AM

1/2 inch is very thick even for a walking foot machine. I have a Juki 1541 and it works very well on leather and fabric up to probably 3/8" or so but it gets tricky for anything thicker than that. A heavy duty machine such as a Juki TSC-441 or similar clone (Cobra Class 4, Artisan, etc) would be best for something that thick. 1/2" would be no problem for these machines. Look for a "compound" or "triple" feed, which is a walking foot, feed dog, and moving needle combination. They are pricey.

I am imagining the possible things you could be making. Care to share?

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Date: 3/4/13 9:26 AM

Singer 7 Class should do for you.



By the way, that's a BIG machine. 16" harp space. Made for saddles, harnesses, industrial lifting slings, parachute harnesses, stuff like that. Rumor has it that they make auto interior door panels by sewing the fabric directly onto 1/8" plywood panels...

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Date: 3/4/13 9:29 AM

Sailrite UltraFeed.
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Date: 3/4/13 3:40 PM

On our Craigslist here there are usually one or two industrial machines - usually Pfaffs and Berninas. In tables and I hope ready to sew. I would look at the used market for these really good industrial machines. An old industrial might really be used up or may not be - so it would be important to try these out and understand all the oil ramifications and etc. Personally I love that Bernina they are selling now! The Bernina 950. I have seen this in the shop here and think it would be a great machine!

Bernina 950

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Date: 3/4/13 5:46 PM

Off topic, but, Does Bernina 950 have adjustable foot pressure?

Back on topic, 1/2 inch is pretty thick. Probably too thick for the tension discs to engage on any machine other than an industrial designed for such thickness. My Pfaff 138 would not do it. Not even sure if the portable Sailrites would do that. If the fabric smashes down to approx 3/8" once the foot is down, maybe. But, if not, there would be trouble.

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Date: 3/4/13 6:20 PM

I'm going to vote for a Durkopp Adler 69-373 or something much like it -old or new. I like the old ones. Simple and nice, and just effective. Free arm with a nice new stop on a dime and sew stitch by stitch even, not hard to control at all, servo motor underneath it. Just a very "feel good" kind of machine to even sew on, sort of "Beep, beep, varroooom, and get out of my way, I'm sewing!" would be the feeling there. I can sew stitch by stitch even on one of those, no problem at all. Just be kind of careful, and watchful in use, as it would also probably crawl right across your hand too! I think it would be much better to have the free arm post for when you want it, than not and ever want it later, I would think. Also if you put the real made for it, matching binder devices on that one, they would really work.

You did not say you were broke, cheap and looking for the cheapest made thing around that could barely get by or not, and maybe you really would want something real nice instead.

But if looking around for used machines, that is the kind of machine I would look for maybe for what you want, and I would not care what motor was found on it actually at all, as you could always change that too, so it's not a big deal at all.

Bringing all your stuff though, and actually sitting and test sewing on something, anything to make sure it really was going to work for what you want, would just always be a real great big huge deal to me though, always, unless maybe you want a whole bunch of machines and not just one. I test sew everything, it is the only way I ever really even know, if I'm going to like something.

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Date: 3/4/13 8:55 PM

Bernina 950

I can't tell from this site, but you never know. :)

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Date: 3/4/13 9:17 PM

The Bernina 950 is a garment making machine. Any machine that does decorative stitches will NOT stitch through 1/2" of anything. Don't abuse such a machine by even trying it.

The OP needs a specialist industrial machine. Consult an independent dealer for advice.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 3/12/13 7:32 PM

If I were looking for that type of sewing machine, I would get a Pfaff. Not the Pfaff with all of the computer whistles and bells, but a workhorse Pfaff. I don't have a pfaff now, but have had one, and am sorry that I sold it. Try to find a 1475 - hard to find but worth it. Grammy27

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