What Is a Good Heavy Duty Sewing Machine?

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What Is a Good Heavy Duty Sewing Machine?
Older machines can often handle heavy duty sewing. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Home decor sewing often involves multiple layers of heavy fabric. Many sewing machines can't handle the fabrics used for home decor, so buying the right heavy duty machine is key if you want to sew bedding, draperies, or pillows.

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You can opt for a modern or vintage sewing machine for heavy duty or industrial sewing. Heavy duty machines made today have more features, including stitches, needle threaders, and computerisation, but will come with a high price tag. Older machines can stand up to hard use, but may not have additional stitches or be as user-friendly.


Whether you opt for an older or new machine, some basic features can help with heavy duty sewing. Look for a machine with a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, backstitch and blind hem stitch, at minimum. This will enable you to handle most heavy sewing projects, hem curtains and finish seam allowances.


A machine with metal gears and parts is the best option for heavy duty sewing. These machines can handle denim, leather and upholstery fabrics. Test any machine before you buy on a variety of fabrics, particularly heavy ones, and look for a comprehensive warranty or service agreement if you are purchasing a new machine from a dealer.

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