Top 10 Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machines 2017

If you have read this much, you are definitely very confident about your knowledge on heavy duty sewing machines. As you now know what to look for when purchasing a machine exactly, the process became less complicated, right? While the truth is shopping for the industrial machine is a really daunting task, and while you are spending hefty amounts, the return should also be the same, the machines mentioned here is going to make your shopping a bit easy and at the same time give you detail idea about different brands and their models. The features, advantages and disadvantages, everything will make the selection process very easy for sure.

1. Janome HD 1000 - The best sewing machine for upholstery work:

This is a perfect machine by Janome that can plow through all type of fabric including even large upholstery projects. But unlike other heavy duty machines, this machine is made of plastic and an Aluminum body and weighs around 22 pounds. The interesting thing is the stitch speed which is 840 and very ideal for beginners, while the experts must be looking for something more in exchange for the money that they are spending for this machine.

Features

  • 4 step buttonhole
  • 14 built-in stitches
  • 4 presser feet
  • Extra-high presser foot lifter
  • Removable free arm
  • Free motion sewing drop feed feature
  • Front load hook bobbin
  • Built-in needle threader

PROS

  • Has a good quality stitch
  • Have enough motor power to work very conveniently with heavy fabrics
  • With a wide range of built-in stitches, it becomes very easy for beginners also

CONS

  • For elaborate projects, where there is need for decorative stitches, this machine lacks in this feature
  • Lack of drop in bobbin feature, which may be required by many crafters.

2. Janome HD 3000 - Another name for heavy fabric layers:

Compared to the previous model, it is more powerful with 860 stitches per minute and with 18 built in stitches. With this power, it can easily handle any type of heavy material like leather, upholstery, denim and other similar types with ease. With this machine, one can even sew multiple layers of heavy fabrics with ease. Other machine, which usually fails due to bumpy materials that affect the balance of the presser foot, his machine gives a uniform stitching experience.

Features

  • Built-in needle threader
  • ​Extra high presser foot
  • 18 built-in stitches
  • 1 step buttonhole
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Free arm system
  • Automatic bobbin winder

PROS

  • Effectively handles any heavy fabrics like denim, leathers, upholstery, etc.
  • Offers more speed and stitching option that Janome HD1000.
  • This machine can help beginners in the initial days and again very well as they grow their skill.

CONS

  • For intermediate and advanced level sewers, this version may turn them off. Even it is not a computerized version considering the modern age machines.
  • The working area is not that bright, and the dim area may affect the sewing process.
  • Compared to the previous versions, this machine is just a step ahead considering the built in stitches, while there are more scopes for the addition of new features for the best experience.

3. Singer 4411 - The best sewing machine for leather stitching:

This is a heavy duty machine with 1100 stitches per minute, making this machine a great option for stitching heavy duty fabrics. Ideal for leather stitching, this machine, despite its speed gives the stability and precision. Hence, this is a really good machine even for beginners trying their hand in heavy duty work. Having a metal frame that provides stability and to let the fabric glide across, the stainless steel flatbed makes the process very easy and steady.

Features

  • Extra-high presser foot lifter
  • Three needle position
  • Automatic 4 step buttonhole
  • Free arm
  • 1100 stitches per minute
  • Top drop-in bobbin
  • 11 built-in stitches
  • Adjustable presser foot pressure control

PROS

  • Price is low, and it will easily fit the budget of most dressmakers.
  • If there is loads of project, the high speed will effectively help in completing within the stipulated time
  • With the ability to handle most of the fabrics, anyone can get uniform stitching with the speed control adjustment button, ensuring perfection during projects.
  • This machine can handle leathers very well and thus is a great stitching option for leather handbags and purse, which requires precision.

CONS

  • Although equipped with speed control mode, but the stitches per minute can create a problem for new sewers.
  • The motor, though powerful, creates lots of noise, which may be very irritating at times.
  • With very few built-in stitches, this can act as a hindrance for sewers in the intermediate or advanced levels.

4. Singer heavy duty 4423 - Less expensive with lots of built in stitches:

This machine offers more built-in stitches compared to the previous Singer version at the same time not compromising on performance or powers. With 1100 stitches per minute, the powerful motor makes completing projects on time. With basic features, light weight and easy to use, this is also a great choice for beginners dealing with heavy duty fabrics.

Features

  • Top drop-in bobbin
  • Free arm
  • Extra-high presser foot lifter
  • 23 built-in stitches
  • Automatic 1 step buttonhole
  • Automatic needle threader

PROS

  • The powerful motor helps in handling tons of projects daily
  • Can get very clean stitches
  • Offers more built-in stitches than that of the computerized versions

CONS

  • Sewers struggle a bit with materials such as vinyl or denim. Hence choosing the right needle and the thread is a must.
  • Although there are few decorative stitches available, the stitching doesn’t come out that neat compared to other machines.

5. Brother CS 6000i - The computerized one for all round performance:

This computerized version can also be featured as a heavy duty machine. From quilting, home décor crafts, clothing projects, needlework and heavy-duty projects, this machine can handle every form of stitching. A good choice for beginners’ and at the same time even satisfies advanced sewers with 60 built in stitches. Equipped with an LCD screen that can be used for selecting stitch patterns. Even the stitch speed of 850 can help in accomplishing tasks quite fast.

Features

  • Drop-in bobbin
  • 60 built-in stitches
  • Six feed dogs
  • 7 one-step buttonholes
  • Twin needles
  • Automatic needle threading
  • Arm for cuffs and sleeves
  • 9 presser feet

PROS

  • Affordable computerized sewing machine
  • Have additional presser feet with no added cost
  • Gives uniform stitches and helps in completing projects on time with 850 stitches per minute.

CONS

  • There is no built-in memory saver for stitches. Thus it resets the setting to default when switched off.
  • Presser feet cannot be adjusted, making it tough for bumpy materials.

6. Brother SE 400- The heavy duty machine with embroidery features:

This machine can very easily do regular sewing projects, embroidery and as well as heavy duty stitching. With 67 built-in stitches and 70 embroidery designs, this machine provides all the stitching facilities in a package. Although it has the lowest stitch per minute compared to other machines, which is just 710, the advantage is mainly in the form of a combination of different types of sewing and sewers can very easily expand their stitching in different types of materials.

Features

  • Drop-in bobbin
  • 710 stitches per minute
  • USB port for computer connection
  • 4-inch embroidery attachment
  • Automatic needle threader

PROS

  • Can access to lots of new embroidery design by connecting the machine directly to the computer.
  • Equipped with separate arm for creating embroidery designs
  • The LCD screen has a backlight, and one can easily read the settings.

CONS

  • This combination computerized machine may be tough for the beginners to handle a vast array of features initially.
  • The price is a bit high.

7. Singer 8763- The cute and compact machine with free arms for stitching:

This is a sleek and stylish computerized sewing machine with very appealing looks and features. With 30 built-in stitches, it performs 750 stitches per minute. This machine is equipped with a SwiftSmart threading system which allows the sewer to effortlessly thread the needle and easily adjust needle functions like stitch width and length. Although this machine is a good option for beginners, it also offers plenty of functions for the advanced level sewers.

Features

  • Free arm
  • 30 built-in stitches
  • Twin needles
  • 2 one step buttonhole attachment
  • Extra-high presser foot lifter
  • Automatic drop and sew bobbin feature
  • Automatic needle threading system

PROS

  • Loaded with stitch functions to carry out embroidery, quilting and sewing projects.
  • This machine can also do sewing projects for long duration of time
  • Automatic sewing feature is a real advantage for beginners.

CONS

  • Although the machine supports twin needles, the needles is not a part of the package and need to be bought separately.
  • The presser feet is pre-set and cannot be adjusted.

8. Janome DC 2014- Heavy duty machine with electronic speed control:

The function is quite similar to other DC models. And if you are wondering how this happened, then the answer will make you laugh! Well, the manufacturer just introduced a new model every year with changed color but with the same features and functions. So, if you are going for a pink one or the blue one or some other colors from the DC series, you will get the same machine with the same function and just in a different color. But the advantage that one can get is in the form of stitch patterns that are sufficient for both beginners and advanced sewers and with this machine; you can get impressive stitch quality.

Features

  • Memorized needle up and down control functions
  • 50 built-in stitches
  • Automatic needle threader
  • 6 snap in presser feet
  • 3 one-step buttonhole
  • 860 stitches per minute.

PROS

  • This is a user-friendly machine and a good choice for beginners
  • This machine is very portable and at the same time can handle different types of fabrics including heavyweight ones.
  • The stitch quality is very neat and precise.

CONS

  • A bit highly priced and becomes tough for beginners
  • Doesn’t come with an automatic thread cutter.

9. Brother CS5055PRW- The perfect heavy duty sewing machine for fashionistas:

This computerized sewing machine can handle any type of clothing project while at the same time can work on heavy duty fabrics. So, if you are dealing with projects which involve lots of clothing materials, you know which machine to choose, right? And even if you are a beginner, who is just into mending, repairing or modifying a clothing line, this machine can help you in every step. For serious professionals, the satisfaction that you will get working on this machine, the experience will be something different from the rest.

Features

  • 7 point feed dog system
  • 50 built-in stitches
  • Top drop-in bobbin
  • 850 stitches per minute
  • Free motion stitching
  • Automatic needle threader

PROS

  • This machine offers customized buttonhole features and is equipped with 5 automatic one step buttonholers.
  • This machine can sew different types of fabrics without losing power.

CONS

  • There have been some issues reported while trying to adjust the tension of the machine.

10. Brother XL 2600i- Easy heavy duty machine for beginners:

This mechanical machine is loaded with so many built in stitches compared to its competitors in this mechanical genre. With a wide range of accessories and functions, this machine has many basic utility stitches along with decorative and heirloom stitches, meeting all purposes. The motor is powerful enough and can give up to 800 stitches per minute and that too with a jam-free bobbin feature. This machine is quite lightweight, and portability makes it an important point for consideration. Heavy duty fabrics like upholstery, denim, and leathers can be very easily stitched with the help of this machine, thus giving the beginners a good option to start their stitching experience on heavy duty materials. The built-in features make the sewing experience quite comfortable and easy.

Features

  • 5 presser feet
  • 25 built-in stitches
  • Free arm
  • One step buttonhole
  • Automatic threading system
  • 800 stitches per minute.

PROS

  • The biggest advantage is the speed control system that makes it very easy to work on a particular project for all types of sewers.
  • It also features a stitch selector dial and every time the correct stitch can thus be selected based on the sewing material.

CONS

  • While working with heavy fabrics, the speed should be kept low to avoid any chance of a needle breakage, which is very often seen.

" There is a variety of heavy-duty machines that can be just suitable for any type of project you choose to do. And thus selecting the best machine that can give you the desired result, completely depends on you. While selecting a machine is a very tough task, but going through this article will definitely help you in purchasing the right one. And while you are just ready to spend so many bucks for a machine, you ought to get the best one, don’t you? While growing requires taking up challenges, these machines will let you face these hurdles very easily! "