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Date: 7/30/13 9:02 PM

I have a Kenmore (Janome) bought around '88 with all sorts of stitches that I never use, and I just bought a ~50yo Singer 237 because it has a real reverse lever like the Necchi of sainted memory that somehow got lost on the way back from Germany with me [snif].

But both are general home-duty machines that I'm guessing would collapse and die pretty quickly if I start making jeans on them with flat-felled seams and all. I've never made a pair of jeans but since I can't stand the current styles and the ones I own are nothing but patches now, I guess I have to learn - or give up wearing them!

So what's a good no-kidding heavy-duty machine with a real reverse lever that could handle making multiple pairs of jeans in 16oz denim without expiring from the strain? And that preferably is available used for $500 or less?

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Date: 7/30/13 9:27 PM

I loved my straight stitch only Janome 1600P. It could sew over anything and had quite a few bells and whistles too such as a thread cutter, adjustable foot pressure and needle up/down too. Mine used regular needles and the feet were the screw on type and very robust and not expensive either.
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Date: 7/30/13 9:28 PM

There are alot of machines both new and vintage that will do this without a problem. I would be surprised if the two you have would have a problem. You need the right needle and there are some other tricks. There is a jean sew along thread that has alot of great tips and tricks on it. All of my machines can do it: a Kenmore 158 series bought in 1980-it loves thick material; my Kenmore/Janome mechanical bought 2 years ago and my Janome 6600. If you like vintage, you might look at another Singer. If you are going to do this alot, you might think about an industrial. I have seen industrials on Craigslist for about that price.

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Date: 7/31/13 2:38 AM

Just use the Singer 237 you already got, (and save yourself the $500) to whip up some jeans for yourself, as I can't see how anything you could do there on it, would even be able to make it collapse, die or expire from the strain of just making some blue jeans at all. Just let your feed dogs carry the fabric though, and not your hands tugging on it, and it would do fine. Most of just sewing a pair of jeans is just sewing technique not exactly what sewing machine you would ever use anyways. So if that was on the internet anyplace, (that you could not sew some jeans on a Singer 237) maybe some kind of internet sewing myth? Even if you made multiple pairs of them or such.

All home sewing machines have a pressure foot that only lifts up so high, and it's all about the same and the one you already got on the 237 you got, is already just as good as any other of them. It actually would be no better or worse than one on a old Necchi BU or even SuperNova either, just all sort of the same. I think the Singer 237 is the wrong kind of machine to use if you want to go into Blue Jeans factory production or be a leather worker, or make auto upholstery or shoes, and all that kind of stuff, but no reason it can't make you some blue jeans or any other pair of pants at all.

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Date: 7/31/13 9:52 AM

That's why I love my Kenmore 158 1702/1802's. They may use the ultra high foot but they also lift extra high to allow many lays of anything to fit. May 8 lays of jean is too much, but 6 is a breeze and the "hump jumper" is a good thing. You could also use the little plastic device that gives you a shank when you sew button on by machine. You could always just fold up a piece of cardboard to put under the foot and behind the needle on the low part of the jean when your needle reaches the seam crossing.

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