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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Commercial Sewing Machines & Sergers ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 11/14/12 1:33 PM

Hi! I've been trying to research some commercial sewing machines and Sergers. The Internet can be very helpful if you use the right terms and search topics...obviously I'm not! Anyways, right now I use a Kenmore 12 Stitch Sewing Machine Model 158.1355080 and a Singer Merritt Lock Differential Serger (2 needles, 4 threads). They are good machines but I started a small business and find that they just aren't strong/sturdy enough for the sewing I'm doing. I need machines that are able to sew several layers of heavy fabrics like denim or upholstery. I recently inherited a Husqvarna Viking Rose 600 embroidery machine from my grandmother. I haven't had a chance to try it yet and I'm pretty sure my grandma hadn't been able to use it for some time...it's in being serviced. Is the Rose both a sewing and embroidery machine? Is it capable of taking on the heavier fabrics? If anyone has any advise that would help me out I'm all ears! Thank you!!!

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Date: 11/26/12 11:20 AM

For Industrial machines look into Juki or Pfaff. Industrials come in a table, a servo motor is a good option (no humming when machine is on) plus speed can be adjusted. They are straight stitch, straight & zig zag options. Unlike domestis machines they do 1 task. The closest domestic machine with good power if space is an issue the Brother PQ1500, Janome, Juki straight stitch machines. Ignore the industrial strenght label on domestic machines--it's just an advertising gimmic.

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Date: 11/26/12 2:21 PM

I found calling some industrial machine dealers the best source of info. They were quite helpful. All you do is tell them what you sew & they make recommendations. Industrials' capabilities are more straight forward than domestics.

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Date: 11/30/12 3:15 PM

I have used a few industrials. My favorite is a Juki DDL 5550 N. It is a basic one, made for medium weight materials but will also,do,well woth light nylon and heavy cordura with the right needles and thread. For regular use of heavy fabrics I would suggest a walking foot machine, with a high clearance under the presser foot. I do use one made by Brother but do ot have the model number handy. Industrial machines are great. The main drawbacks are they usually do one thing and take up a lot of room. That said, if you are using heavy materials younalready are using up lot of space the machine will do the one thing you ask with no troible and much reliability.

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