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Colorado USA
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Date: 1/10/14 7:14 PM

I want to sew canvas and leather bags and light upholstery. I need to be able to use very thick strong threads and need a variable stitch length that is much much longer than my home singer could ever manage. I need to do bartacks and possibly some other things, too.

I live in a shared home so noise is a consideration. Cost is also something I need to think about.

I see industrial machines on Craigslist. My questions are: what makes/models would handle a variety of threads and stitch lengths, be fairly quiet and good priced? And then, are there reasons why I should avoid buying off Craigslist?

-- Edited on 1/10/14 7:15 PM --

2mulie  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/10/14 9:41 PM

Have a JukiDNU1541S which is a walking foot for the same purposes you mention. It weighs more than 100 lbs and sets in a motorized table. Keep in mind that you want a large bobbin to carry those thick threads...this eliminated some of the portable machines. Also be aware that there are a lot of sellers saying they have "heavy duty industials" who are really just selling old heavy metal machines with an 18 needle poking through some leather pieces. There are machines worth buying on Craigslist, just secure a good mechanic first and some strong buddies to move it.

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Date: 1/10/14 10:29 PM

I have a Sailrite Sailrite

I got mine through a dealer on ebay for I believe under $800

It is somewhat limited (straight stitch and zig-zag only, and I can never get backstitch to work) and not nearly as easy to use as my Babylocks....but it does get through thick canvas, strapping etc when I want to do those kind of projects and pretty affordable.

Mostly Babylock: Ellegante, Crescendo, Evolution, Ovation. Plus a Sailrite LSZ-1

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Date: 1/11/14 7:52 AM

The Singer 301 has power and I have sewn auto and boat covers and RV interior. It needs an attachment to do a zig zag which requires a screw driver.
I have turned the project sideways and done a back and forth stitch to get a bar tack.
Mine is set into the original cabinet and gives me give a good amount of sewing space to manage upholstery.
I have done the deco leather and light skins- I can't say it would handle thick leather belts.

sewing brings joy and meaning to my life...

Tarrbaby  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/11/14 9:40 AM

I love my sailrite for the price it's a workhorse and it's noise level is like any home sewing machine, so much quieter than a true industrial. I bought mine for use on heavy jobs to save my good machine from wear and tear.

Dawn T.

zanylady  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/14/14 3:11 PM

Morse also has an industrial machine that sews straight and zz. I don't know anyone who has one but Morse is made by Toyota and Morse machines have always been workhorses.

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