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5 Best Heavy-Duty Sewing Machines

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It is becoming important to think about your waste and recycling. The scope of these thoughts are vast (I don’t mean to get too deep here) and extend to your clothing. Gone are the days where we would buy high-quality clothes and patch them up as needed. Here are the days of our disposable culture where clothing can be cheap and easily replaced. But, coming again are the days of looking for high-quality clothing and saving yourself some money.

“Saving myself some money,” I hear you exclaim! But, how? With the addition of a sewing machine. It is becoming more and more fashionable to buy high-quality clothing and fix it when needed rather than throwing it away. Doing this will actually save you money in the long run and allow you to hold onto those favorite items from your wardrobe.

Of course, having a sewing machine in your home allows you to do a lot more than just mend clothing. A heavy-duty sewing machine will help you to craft new clothing, quilts, handkerchiefs, blankets, and so much more, mending them along the way.

The best heavy-duty sewing machines are durable and yours for life. So, what do you need to look for when you are buying one?


Heavy-duty sewing machines come in a variety of types, and the one you choose will depend on what you need to do with it.

A mechanical sewing machine has the most basic settings and is used manually by the operator.

Electronic sewing machines have more features than a manual machine and have motorized functions.

Computerized machines benefit from being able to connect to the internet to download and use patterns. They generally have the most functionality.

Embroidery machines are used to embroider fabric (you can often find embroidery and sewing machine combos).

Sergers are used to hem the edges of the fabric.


What would a sewing machine be without the stitches? The more stitches you have at your disposal, the more flexible your sewing machine will be. Of course, if you have lots of stitches which you do not use, then you are going to be paying for that redundancy.

You want to have regular stitches for your day to day needs, but it is also nice to have decorative stitches, buttonhole stitches, and monogramming options. Most modern sewing machines have a lot of stitches for you to choose from.

When it comes to stitches, the stitch speed is also important. You can have all the stitches in the world but, if you cannot stitch with speed, then every project is going to be long and tedious. A durable and reliable sewing machine should allow you to stitch anywhere between 800-2000 stitches per minute. That is a lot of stitching.

Presser Foot

When you are using a heavy-duty sewing machine, you are often doing so because you are using heavy-duty fabrics. You want the fabric to be fed evenly through the presser foot so that the fabric is tight and the stitches are even. A presser foot lift will work with the feeding mechanism to hold down the fabric. This is great if you are working with thicker fabrics or multiple layers of fabric. If you do need to work with heavy fabrics, we recommend looking for a presser foot, and one which is spring loaded for ease of use.

Learn all about presser feet (by Made to Sew).

What Extra Features Should You Look For?

Most sewing machine features come down to personal choice but we always, always recommend looking for a sewing machine with an automatic needle threader. This is almost a must-have feature on a sewing machine, and, thankfully, most newer sewing machines come with them. We cannot count the number of times we have had trouble threading a needle. An automatic threader will get your projects started with ease.

A light to illuminate your work can also be handy for low-light situations or for when you have detail work to do and are hunched over your sewing machine. Look for LED lamps. Not only are they long-lasting and bright but they are also cool to touch too (and not in the way that it is trendy to touch them; they do not get hot like traditional bulbs, which can burn you).

If you benefit from an automatic needle-threader, then you will also benefit from a drop-in bobbin. When you are setting up the sewing machine, especially when you do not have a lot of hands-on experience, it is helpful to automate the setup process. A drop-in bobbin will do just that.

We also recommend a sewing machine where you can see the bobbin after it has been dropped into place. This helps you to monitor the thread levels and ensure that you never run out during a project. It also means that you can spot any problems before they develop into bigger problems.

“Man Sewing” has an in-depth guide to drop-in bobbins.


We all want a bargain, and we are here to assure you that paying a little more for a rugged and reliable sewage machine is what will save you money in the long-term. A little investment will get you a sewing machine which will not break down easily, be easy to fix when it does, and may never need to be replaced. You will also save a lot of money when you start mending your own fabrics and making creations of your own. The possibilities are endless with a heavy-duty sewing machine.

Singer Quantum Stylist 9985

This sewing machine can almost do it all. There is a large selection of stitches, including basic, stretch, decorative, quilting, crafting, fonts, and more. The best thing about this sewing machine is that you can navigate through the stitches and select the one you want via the LCD screen on the side of the machine. The screen is small and compact enough to not get in the way, yet large enough to be easily read. A couple of button presses and you have the stitch that you want. When you do choose the stitch you want, you can stitch at up to 850 stitches per minute. Let us tell you that that is fast.

We mentioned an automatic needle threader, and this sewing machine comes with just that. Place the thread in the sewing machine, hit a button, and let this heavy-duty sewing machine do the rest — no more frustrating start to your sewing project.

What else do you get with this machine? You get multiple presser feet for all of your sewing projects: all-purpose, zipper, buttonhole, underplate, blind hem, satin, and more.

Another great thing about this sewing machine is the ability to personalize your projects with letters and numbers. There are six lettering styles at your disposal to add that personal touch.

A wonderful sewing machine that, if treated right, will last you forever.

Singer Heavy-Duty 4432 Sewing Machine

When Singer set out to create this heavy-duty sewing machine, they started with the metal frame. Start at the core and work your way out. The metal frame is solid and durable, creating a sewing machine which will stand the test of time.

As you work your way out, you will see that there is a powerful motor, capable of tackling the toughest and thickest fabrics. You can sew heavyweight fabrics or multiple layers of fabric. Where other machines would stop and stall, this one tears straight through them (not literally tearing). Before starting those heavy-duty projects, you also have an in-built needle threader. There really is nothing which you have to worry about with this sewing machine.

Along with a needle-threader, you also get a top drop-in bobbin system (great for easy setup), 1-step buttonhole (for adding buttonholes to fabrics), snap-on presser feet (for easy transition between projects and fabrics), onboard storage (so you are never without your accessories), built-in reverse stitch (for easy reinforcing), and more.

The sewing machine also comes with a detachable free arm for larger and awkward projects such as adding hems to cuffs, pant legs, and other hard to reach areas — a great sewing machine which tackles heavy-duty and delicate fabrics with ease.

Brother Quilting & Sewing Machine PQ1500SL

If you are interested in quilting, then this sewing and quilting machine is perfect. The device has been created to be solid and tough from the inside out, and is as stable a sewing machine as you will find, which is particularly important when you are handling large quilting projects.

This machine can stitch at up to 1,500 stitches per minute. When you are handling those large-scale quilting projects, you will be able to get through them with ease. You also have an automatic needle threader and a time-saving thread cutter to further speed up your projects. The pin-fed system has been developed exclusively by Brother to improve the management of the fabric as it goes through the machine. This is one of the easiest machines you will use for large-scale projects.

The extension table is perfect for those large projects and can be removed to save space and convert back to a sewing machine. When you are sewing, the knee-lifter enables you to lift the presser foot without taking your hands off of the project.

A great sewing machine which benefits from being both durable and easy to use.

Juki TL-2000Qi Sewing & Quilting Machine

Heavy-duty projects deserve a heavy-duty machine, and that is exactly what Juki has given you. The interior is durable and rugged, extending out to the die-cast arm and bed. This gives you less vibration as you are sewing for a more consistent stitch and better end product.

When it comes to the stitches, you have the basic stitches at your disposal. The knob on the front allows you to select the stitch you need without worrying about confusing menus or navigating through hundreds of stitch options. When you have your stitch selected, this machine will complete projects at 1,500 stitches per minute, tackling the largest projects with ease.

The expansion table is easily added and removed, turning this sewage machine into a quilting machine with ease, and vice-versa. When the expansion table is connected, you have a lot of room to work and can handle the largest quilting projects. The sewing machine also comes with an automatic needle threader so you can get started quickly.

A hey-duty sewing machine which benefits from its simplicity.

Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

This sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader. That is the one thing which we always look for, and Janome delivers. The sewing machine also comes with a top-loading bobbin system which is jam proof. Not only is it easy to set up but you will also have fewer problems than a cheaper machine. You will love how easy it is to get set up and working.

You have 18 built-in stitches, and they are easy to choose from. Turn the dial on the machine and select your stitch; you are ready to go. The stitches are all drawn onto the side of the machine so you can see what you need at a glance and choose it even quicker. You also have adjustable presser foot pressure, controlled with the turn of a dial. This is great for switching between light and heavy fabrics or moving onto multiple layers. The machine is also great for those tricky projects such as cuffs, pant legs, sleeves, and more.

Where this machine sets itself apart from others is in the included accessories. You get a case, multiple feet, leather needles, bobbins, lint brush, seam ripper, spool pin, quilter bar, foot control, instruction manual, and much, much more.

A heavy-duty sewing machine for almost any project.

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