Buying a high-quality industrial sewing machine makes upholstery sewing projects easier than they would be with an average household sewing machine.
Upholstery and re-upholstery jobs are easier to do with an industrial machine than on a regular household machine.
The sewing fabric used for upholstery is heavy to begin with.
Then, it is often necessary to attach the fabric to foam backing.
Not just any sewing machine will be able to stitch through that kind of thickness without either breaking needles or the machine itself.
Powerful Industrial Sewing Machines
A good machine for sewing upholstery fabric will have:
- A power stand with a 1/2 horsepower motor
- A smaller pulley (sewing through heavy upholstery fabric requires extra power)
- A sewing stitch rate in the range of 5,000 stitches per minute.
- A class M bobbin
- A side-mount bobbin winder.
- A compound walking foot
Deceptive Sewing Machine Terminology
To get a good industrial machine be aware of deceptive terminology.
Semi-industrial, heavy-duty, and industrial strength do not actually indicate that the machine in question is an industrial sewing machine.
To determine if the sewing machine is actually an industrial sewing machine check the motor's horsepower and the stitch speed.
The best thing to do when it is time to buy an industrial sewing machine is - do a little bit of research so the machine will do the needed job.
It is one thing to know a big bobbin machine is what is needed.
It is even better to know how a big bobbin looks.
There is nothing wrong with asking a lot of questions and taking the time to research sewing machine features.
If in doubt it is helpful to take an experienced industrial sewing machine operator to inspect the machine before purchasing it.
Pick up the e-book, How to Start an Upholstery Shop (Insider Secrets for Upholsterers) to learn more about buying an industrial machine and many other industry insider's tips on starting an upholstery business.
By: Laure Justice
By: Laure Justice