Sewing machines

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  1. C99c

    C99c Member

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    I'm tired of not being able to find tool bags, bike frame bags, etc that I like or from companies that I want to support so it's time to build my own.

    I need a good quality sewing machine that will handle canvas and such. Would like to stay under $500.

    Suggestions?
     
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  2. Mike Perrin

    Mike Perrin Administrator Staff Member

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    The $500 price limit is going to be a deal breaker for a have machine that will sew canvas without problems. You might be able to find an older Juki 562 0r 563 that will handle 1000 denier corder ok but heavier canvas might stretch it's capabilities. Some of the older Consew and DUrkopp machines will handle the same as juke 563 . Definitely get a walking foot machine or you will have problems.
    Mike
     
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    Agreed 100%. Sub-$1000 is much more doable.

    Walking foot or die.
     
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    So for my limited usage I'll be better off with a normal machine for regular materials and paying someone for any modifications on heavier stuff it seems.

    Thank you gentleman.
     
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    Just my Opinion...
    Your sewing skills are just as important if not more then what machine you use.. While a $500 sewing machine will not do everything you need a $1000 machine would be a waste if you don't have the skill to use all the fancy bells and whistle.

    That said if you don't have the skills i would invest in a OK machine and work up.
    I have heard good things about the Singer "Heavy Duty" machines (link below) At about $250-$300 dollars with the "extended" sewing surface it would be a good way to really hone your skills.
    I would rate my skills as could use some serious work. That said i have been successful in sewing heavier material by going slow with a just ok machine.

    https://www.singer.com/machines/heavy-duty
     
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    We use this at the house Works ok for basic gear repair. 283941AD-C9C7-413C-9317-3457DE74C523.jpeg
     
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    That’s the series of machine I was actually talking about :)
     
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    I use an old singer as in 1943 old. It seems to work well for most things. It will get a little bogged at 4-5 layers of cordura.
     
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    Doesn't your foot get tired pedaling it, Strig?
     
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    Its not bad. But yes it can be tiring.
     

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