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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Made in Taiwan Tuffsew machines reviews ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/22/12 9:39 PM

I bought a Singer 15-91 on ebay to do a boat reupholstery job. It wasn't up to the task. The No. 69 polyester thread kept fraying and breaking after a few inches of sewing.

So, I'm looking for a stronger machine that will handle up to four layers of marine grade vinyl. I came across the Tuffsew website and have been researching these. I've found plenty of negative reviews about their Made in China machines. Also read some horror stories.

But now Tuffsew machine's are being made in Taiwan, which I think generally makes a world of difference in quality, whether it's a band saw, metal lathe, or even a sewing machine.

Does anyone have any experience with these newer model? The bad reviews were from three years ago and it is possible this company has improved since then.

Thanks.

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Date: 9/22/12 10:07 PM

I would also look at the janome Straight stich machines they are around 799.-- and use industrial needles -- I have the Pfaff version -- Best machine.

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Date: 9/22/12 10:09 PM

I think you would be better off investing in a Sailrite or an industrial walking foot machine.

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Date: 9/22/12 10:59 PM

I use a 15-91 with #69 thread all the time, and have no problems. Also use that thread in a Model 66, a Necchi BU Nova, also no problems. Are you sure you have a big enough needle? I got some #20 needles from this website, Needles
And have been happy with them. Until I got those, I used #18 needles, as they were the largest I could get in the store.

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Date: 9/23/12 8:22 AM

Are you sewing things like vinyl+welting+vinyl, which is really four layers of vinyl.

I'm using #18 needles.

I'm going to start a new thread on my problems with the 15-91. I'd rather not buy an expensive machine because I'm doing only two projects and I'll probably never need it again.

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Date: 9/23/12 8:41 AM

That kind of job seems like it would need an industrial machine. You might well be able to coax a household machine into doing the job, but they're not made for that kind of heavy duty usage.

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Date: 9/23/12 9:02 AM

I agree about the sail right machine. I own one for purse making. 8 layers of heavy duty vinyl go through without a hitch.

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Date: 9/23/12 9:45 AM

I've read up on Sailrite's machine and reputation. I really don't want to buy a $700 machine just for one project or two small projects. If I were a professional, I'd definitely invest the money. I remodel kitchens, though.

I've read that the Sailrite, the Morse, and the new Tuffsews are all made at the same Taiwanese factory. Is this true?

The morsesew website says that their machine is basically identical to the Sailrite, but half the price. Any thing to add about their machines?

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Date: 9/24/12 11:49 AM

Quote: natemoore
Are you sewing things like vinyl+welting+vinyl, which is really four layers of vinyl.



I'm using #18 needles.



I'm going to start a new thread on my problems with the 15-91. I'd rather not buy an expensive machine because I'm doing only two projects and I'll probably never need it again.

Nope, no vinyl, and I don't know what special requirements or problems there are with vinyl. I have made purses (messenger bags), camping gear, motorcycle bags, a canopy for a gazebo, belt sheaths, etc. with the machines mentioned. The textiles used are cotton canvas, Nylon and Poly webbing, Cordura, and so on. These are probably not as difficult as 4 layers of vinyl, but I have on a couple occasions had to "help" the needle go thru the layers with... well, I'm not admitting.


My point was more to the #69 thread in the machine than the fabric involved, but of course that matters too.

As many have stated, the 15-91 is really not intended for a steady diet of this work. But you know what? It does amazingly well at it, and I just can't afford a walking foot industrial.

Good luck with your vinyl!

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