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boatguy21
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Date: 5/1/13 6:39 PM

I'm in the market for a walking foot sewing machine. My buddy purchased the HDSew PortaWalker 9" for his leather business a few months ago and he said it's working good so far. But before I spend $350 i wanted to see if anyone on this website has had any experience with this machine?

Here's the machine i'm looking at. Let me know
HDSew PortaWalker


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Al Johnson
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Date: 5/3/13 10:17 PM

While I can't swear it's true, this machine looks like another iteration of the Sailrite and Tacsew machines. Take a look at those and see if you don't agree. I have no experience with these machines, but have read some reviews of them. Check the reviews area on this and other websites to read them.

Good luck and have fun!

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boatguy21
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Date: 5/4/13 4:03 PM

Al- thanks for the reply. I've done more research and you might be right. However I don't have the budget for the sailrite machine. I just ordered the portawalker and ill let you know how it works. I took my friends advice I hope he is right.

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Date: 5/4/13 5:01 PM

Please do let us know how it works. There is a large section of this forum dedicated to sewing machine reviews. I'd personally be very interested, as I like to do heavy-duty sewing like that machine is made for. One day I'd like to get a truly heavy-duty machine instead of abusing home machines, which is what I do now. That machine would be a money-saver compared to a true industrial compound feed machine.

Have fun!

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boatguy21
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Date: 5/11/13 12:46 PM

Good stuff Al. I've used the machine for a few days and so far, so good. Here are my initial pros/cons

Pros:
Shipped very quickly, got a tracking number the next day and received the machine in 3 days

Machine came stitched in, i put it right to use...it's much better than my old household clunker. the walking foot is pretty awesome it feeds it great. I'm doing about 5mm of thickness, no way my last machine could handle it.

Asked for assistance with threading the machine and they helped out and replied to my email quickly.

Cons:
It's quite a bit heavier than my last machine, but it's pretty easy to move around. I'm used to it now. I guess that comes with the territory of buying an industrial machine.



Overall for the $$, so far it's well worth it. Almost done with my first project!!!Gotta find a nice case for it now.

jimmynewton
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Date: 6/2/13 8:15 PM

Thanks BoatGuy. Hey still working good? I have a sailrite machine for my zigzag (the blue model). I need a second machine as my auto upholstery is picking up (son is helping out- also glad the economy is finaly doing better). I only need a straight stitch walking foot machine this time. I am going to take your recommendation & buy the portawalker machine tonight and i'll let you know how it works compared to the Sailrite. The 9" is a bonus for what i do.

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Date: 6/10/13 6:46 PM

Jimmy...yes the Portawalker is still running great. Good luck with yours!

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Date: 6/11/13 8:37 PM

Looks like it can sew through a stack of quarters! That is power, I tell ya.

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jimmynewton
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Date: 6/12/13 10:38 PM

@ Speattle- I laughed when i saw that picture of quartersThat was actually the first thing I tested...it does fit the 5 quarters. I didn't want to break my machine by trying to sew a quarter though :0 LOL !

So far the machine sews just as good as my sailrite. I think the stitch length is even a touch longer on the portawalker- i like that.

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Date: 6/13/13 4:34 PM

Is that a price for a new machine. It looks like a great mahine

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