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I sew drapes as a hobby. What would be the best sewing machine to use?

I love to sew and have been sewing for many years, mainly drapes, pillows, duvets. I need a sewing machine that will be heavy duty, straight stitch, blind hem stitch, et. I currently have a Singer Scholastic. A few years ago I bought a Juki – without really thinking it through – it was heavy duty but sewed 3000 stitches per min. I could not control it and gave up and sold it. Any suggestions from someone who sews these types of things would be helpful.

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11 Responses to “I sew drapes as a hobby. What would be the best sewing machine to use?”

  1. John says:

    I would say a Singer but, I really don’t know much about sewing machines.

  2. leathersmiths says:

    With industrial machines you can adjust the pulleys to make it slow down to a speed you handle.

  3. none says:

    I sew like items. Basket liners, pillow covers, drapes, etc. And unless you think you really need an industrial, I’ve found that my commercial (a step lower than industrial) grade is great. It can tackle drapes made from upholstery fabric, and mend my husbands carharts, but its gentle enough to work with linen and knits. Heres a link to my exact machine.

    http://www.mrvacandmrssew.com/go/product/id/699?PHPSESSID=fcefdcff2cd1ffd5ee89429531f5304d

  4. tina says:

    i sew a few things around the house…window coverings, duvets, pillows. i also make quilts, purses, stuff plushes, and many other things. i have a bernina activa 220 and it’s the best machine ever. you will be happy with any bernina. their gears inside are all made of metal so they can handle heavy duty stuff with ease. i sew through leather, denim, and many layers of fabric for my purses and have never had an issue with my machine. my mom recently purchased a pfaff and the same goes for those machines as far as gears go. go to a bernina dealer and try it out! you won’t be disappointed.

  5. Linda S says:

    I own a drapery shop in Dallas. My first Juki straight stitch machine was difficult at first too. I have dozens of machines, both standard and industrial.

    I have two recommendations for your use. I highly recommend a five thread industrial serger. It will sew the face fabric, lining and interlining together, while cutting the salvages, making a zig-zag stitch over the cut edges and a straight stitch inside the zig-zag. All in one step!

    In addition to that, an OLD Kenmore is the best machine ever made. Mine is a 1976 model “158 19142″ It will sew through anything! I have made pieced leather pillows, fixed tents, awnings, etc.

    An old Kenmore machine will sew perfectly as you move from one layer of fabric to ten layers and back to one…like when you sew a belt loop on jeans. Mine can sew blind-hems, buttonholes, lettering, has 24 built-in stitch variations by turning a dial, dozens more with attachments, and has 44 cams that will sew rows of ducks, flowers, and other decorative stitch styles. It also has a double needle so you can sew two lines at the same time.

  6. Richard says:

    As a sewing machine technician who works for all kinds of sewers I will tell you to stay with most any machine before 1980 except Singer Touch -n- Sew’s . Actually before 1965 really. These are ALL METAL machines and it would be best if you could get the internal motor,direct drive, metal to metal geared machine instead of machines with belts. Geared home machines that I’m most aware of are Singers from the 50’s thru the 60’s. A Singer 201 would be great for you as would a 301, 401,403,404,500, 503 or even a 15-91. These are table top heavy duty machines that sew a very fine stitch. Mainly because there is no belt to slip. Stitches will always stay the same and these machines last forever. You cannot hurt them. Search eBay for these and do a little studying. Be sure to get one with all the attachments though as you would need a ruffler. They are not all that expensive.
    Good luck.

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