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Date: 8/30/13 12:17 PM

I am looking for a machine that will sew through heavier fabric. I'm not quite sure of the fabric because I bought it at a store that doesn't say anything about their fabric other than the price per yard. It didn't seem even as heavy as denim, but my juki f600 struggled and I quit after a few stitches. I was using a size 16 needle. My project is making an outdoor cushion for my swing and it seems to be outdoor fabric based on what I've seen at Hancocks.
So, what kind of machine would be able to sew through heavier fabric without me breaking it?
It's a debate for me and it may end up with me just going and buying new fabric because I'm sure that's cheaper than a new machine. But if I can find a machine that will work for cheap enough, it might be worth it to buy another machine. You can never have to many machines right??

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Date: 8/30/13 1:06 PM

If your Juki is having a hard time that's probably not a good sign. Dunno if a vintage machine which many would recommend will do any better if your Juki is struggling. Semi-industrial straight stitch? The cheapest is probably a Brother pq1500. You can get one online for ~$600

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Date: 8/30/13 1:11 PM

Yeah, I thought the Juki would be fine, but it appears the fabric is pretty strong. I think it has a waterproof layer which is what I would guess is causing all the problems. I tried my husband's cheap Singer and it wouldn't even feed it.

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Date: 8/30/13 1:37 PM

I used my Janome 2212 & made covers for captain chairs with outdoor fabric... I did not though have any batting to sew through with that fabric. ...I used heavy duty size 90 needles, & Coats & Clark outdoor thread from Hancocks on the top & in bobbin too. (keep that separate so you do not use it on regular sewing.._) needles from Embroidery Discount. Janome 2212 is mechanical & has vertical bobbin. I really like it allot, a nice sm for not having to spend allot of money. I have sewn kitty beddy byes on it too without a problem...i.e. 2 layers fleece & 2 layers of batting. ... Hope this helps a little. ...I used to have a Singer 306K that could handle it also but it got to be heavy a sm for me to handle. .....Hope you can complete the project...

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Date: 8/30/13 1:59 PM

The waterproof coating may be the problem. Titanium coated needles may help the needle slide through the fabric.

A walking foot may also help with the feed.

These are the two items I found helpful when doing a cover for a sail boat sail that had waterproof adhesive seam tape within the seams.

I would try these two relatively inexpensive and possible solutions before investing in another machine.

One more thing, make sure the fabric has support as the machine feeds it through the stitching process.


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Date: 8/30/13 3:39 PM

I agree, I would try a heavy duty needle, and the walking foot. Also with thicker fabrics make sure you lengthen your stitch a little

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Date: 8/30/13 3:41 PM

Aside from the walking foot you can try a roller foot (usually used when sewing leather) or a teflon coated foot. They should be fairly easy to find on Ebay for your machine.

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Date: 8/31/13 0:18 AM

A mechanical Bernina 1008, used in schools and prisons to endure use and abuse, is excellent for heavy duty work. It's a heavy all (or mostly all) metal machine. I agree with others regarding a walking foot and jeans or leather needle. New and used Bernina 1008s are available, but if you look at used just beware the signs of too much wear. I love my 1008, though it sits in the closet too long sometimes, but shines when I bring it out for the tough work!

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Date: 8/31/13 2:25 AM

So, I decided to go thrift store shopping and see what I could find. The result: A Dressmaker 2402 that I am absolutely head over heels in love with!!!! I need to figure out how to properly oil it, but opened it up and looked inside and nearest I could see, everything looked good. I ran a few test pieces of scrap fabric through and it did great. I bit the bullet, lengthened my stitch and put in my waterproof fabric and it sewed it beautifully! I think I may have found true love in this sewing machine. Ok, maybe a little melodramatic, but I am quite pleased with it. However, I want to oil it before any more sewing takes place. But, it's now after midnight and I have to be up early tomorrow so sewing will have to wait. Good night all!!

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Date: 8/31/13 1:50 PM

Congratulations and have fun!
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