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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Does your machine sew well over thick seams? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Does your machine sew well over thick seams?
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Date: 10/7/11 1:09 PM

I've noticed that one of the most frequent questions in sewing forums is the asking if "this" or "that" machine can sew over thick denim seams.
Could we make a list here where we could name the brands and models of our machines stating if it does or if it doesn't sew well over thick seams?
It would be helpfull for those that are thinking of buying a new machine and are interested in this feature.
I will start with the machines that I have tried.

Brother Innovis 4000 - yes with a little difficulty.
Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5 - No
Pfaff Expression 4 - No
Juki F600 - Yes

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Date: 10/7/11 1:15 PM

Here's my list:

Janome 6600 -- No, makes teeny tiny stitches
Janome 7700 -- No, makes teeny tiny stitches
Bernina 440QE -- Yes
Bernina 635 Limited Edition -- Yes
Bernina 820 -- Yes
Bernina 830 -- Yes

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Date: 10/7/11 2:06 PM

Bernina 1008- yes
Any vintage mechanical- yes
Simplicity SA1500-no

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Date: 10/7/11 2:17 PM

Janome 4900 NONONONONO!!!!!!!!!

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Date: 10/7/11 2:34 PM

All my machines will sew thick seams;
Baby Lock Ellegante
Elna Pro Quilter's Choice (7200)
Singer Rocketeer (500A)
Singer 1507
Singer 2263 (not mine, but I do use it a couple times each month.)

Perhaps the question was about the thick seams encountered when sewing hems in RTW jeans. That's 16 layers of denim!

The Elna and BL both have a release button on the presser foot that will allow the presser foot to "flex" as the thick fabric feeds through the sewing process.

On the other machines, I use a jean-a-ma-jig or hump jumper. The Rocketeer is about 50 years old and the other two Singers are very inexpensive models

The right size and type of needle is also important.

And then, there is the ever helpful nylon head mallet for pounding those thick seams to submission!

Another helpful feature I look for on a sewing machine is the presser foot pressure adjustment. Have it on all but the 2263.




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Date: 10/7/11 2:42 PM

Janome 1600 - feeding power-yes-piercing power-yes-both feeding and piercing best of the ones listed
Janome 6600 - feeding power-no- Accufeed helps but still does not feed as well as the 1600 or Vikings-piercing power-yes
Viking SE - i would rate its ability in the middle of the first two
Viking #1 - yes
Viking 6370 - yes
Juki F600 - yes

Thats my experience!..Helen

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Juki f600
Janome 1600P
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Date: 10/7/11 3:00 PM

Thanks great work everyone!!!

Keep on with the list. All machines are welcome!

Linda




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Date: 10/7/11 3:20 PM

Kenmore vintage~ yes
vintage singer 15-91~ yes
pfaff 2140/2170~ yes with the walking foot down.

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Date: 10/7/11 4:27 PM

Bernina 1020 yes
Bernina 1031 yes
Bernina 440 yes
Bernina 230 yes
Janome 1600 P yes
All of these sew over thick seams without changing the size of the stitches. (or they wouldn't live here)
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Date: 10/7/11 4:29 PM

Kenmore 16231 - NO
Industrial Pfaff 138 - Needle usually breaks
Necchi 4795 - Yes
Brother PQ1500S - Yes, very easily. I don't even cringe when the seam nears!

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