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Industrial Straight Stitch machine [Jul. 11th, 2005|02:41 pm]
Greetings All!

I have been home sewing for years and am starting to get freelance jobs for interior decor sewing and big production type jobs. I am currently working on a Brother XL-3022 which is a few years old. I can clearly see that it has neither the horsepower nor the speed to efficiently do these mass projects.

I know that I can do the jobs but will need an industrial machine. Right now I am not doing clothing, more along the lines of quilts, duvets covers, curtains and now a new project making tabards for a sports group.

I need a professional industrial strength straight stitch and overlock. I want something that is reasonably priced. I think that as my business increases then I will step up with a more expensive machine.

Any suggestions on brand, horsepower or types of machines I should be looking for?


I found this...I like it because it has the faster motor, higher foot pressure AND I can quilt on it. Not too bad on the price either.
Juki TL-98Q


[User Picture]From: selkie_b
2005-07-11 06:55 pm (UTC)
Take a look at the higher end White machines.

You could also look at the Singer website (www.singerco.com) they have some lovely ones as well.
I do not recommend what I have for what you need (Singer Quantum Futura) It's great for basic sewing, but can't take heavy fabrics or layers very well. I use my very basic White for that :) it'll go through ANYTHING just about.
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-11 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll look into that today
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[User Picture]From: selkie_b
2005-07-11 11:58 pm (UTC)
There was a time there when I said the same... but they have gone back to getting some proper workmanship back into them within the past 4-5 years. This is voice of experience here... I had one of those Singers and I had endless trouble with it. The one I have now, though I have an early version of it with a few brain farts (sorry only way to phrase the computer issues that are mostly fixed now) it works fantastically and it's like a totally different beast. I still would recommend a White if what she needs is something inexpensive that won't mind taking a beating and that you can pretty much fix the entire thing yourself if something goes wrong. Pfaff or Elna are wonderful, if you can find a good old second hand one at a great price... but even second hand they are pretty spendy because they will work forever. Anythings going to look like a gem after beating about with an over-worked Brother! Been there- Done that!
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-12 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you time machine and selkie_b. I was working with an interior designor and he had a higher end white, so I will definitely be exploring those.

Thanks to all who gave input!

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[User Picture]From: beccabags
2005-07-11 08:13 pm (UTC)
I just asked the same question! I know some people who are in upholstery that like Juki, and Pfaff is a quality machine too. I'm thinking if I could find a used one quality brand it might be better than buying a new machine of lesser quality. Maybe if I just call and ask an upholstery place if they know of anyone who is looking to sell their machines (maybe they are upgrading, moving, or getting out of the business, etc.).
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-12 01:10 am (UTC)
I've used a Juki overlock machine before and it was cool! I really want a super horsepower motor sewing machine that sews fast and has more foot pressure than a regular home sewing machine.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be keeping my eyes open for quality refurbished ones
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[User Picture]From: wildpurple
2005-07-12 11:24 am (UTC)
I was thinking about it, even in my home sewing, I vary rarely used the "fancy" stitches on my machine. and since what I will be doing is "straight sewing" literally and figuratively, I reasoned that it made sense to get a super powerful straight stitch machine.

Thanks for your input. I will research the model you have.
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