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Top 5 Reasons To Buy A Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

Are you moving on to sew advanced projects? If the answer is yes, you might want to upgrade your sewing machine. Here in this article, I will tell you why a heavy-duty machine is what you are looking for. Plus, a brief buying guide that gives you a list of what an ideal machine should have.

Reasons To Have A Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine At Home

A Built-In Walking Foot

For a seasoned sewist, you may know the walking foot as one of the most powerful tools in sewing slippery and heavy-weight fabrics. A walking foot balances the force the feed dog applies on the project by providing another set of feed dog on top. This ability is handy when you notice two or more layers of the project started sliding off course.


Heavy-Duty Walking Foot Sewing Machine for Leather

Please bear in mind that there are two types of walking foot. One is the kind that is built-in with the machine, which means that it goes with the flow of the machine. The other is merely an attachment. The former has an edge over the latter as it is part of the machine in the first place.

Not all machines have a built-in walking foot so if this is the model you intend to buy, read this Ulitmate Guide To The Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Reviews And Comparison to pick a suitable one.


You may think a heavy-duty machine must be bulky as the motor is bigger for more power. Although it is true for some models, there are some others that both capacity and portability. Some of them are even made to be taken places with the owners. These machines have strong cases to protect them against impact.

However, they are portable but it does not mean that you can lift them up with ease. The weight is something you should consider when buying a machine like this.


Most heavy-duty sewing machines are made with metal parts so they have an advantage over other models. Over time you may not have to worry about the plastic breaking. They also call for less maintenance as all you need to do is to clean and oil them regularly.

Having durable parts is another reason why these machines can handle thick or several layers of materials.

The Needle Size

These machines are compatible with large needle size as they are designed to sew through layers of fabrics or an extra thick one. Most heavy-duty sewing machines take needles of size ranging from 18 to 23. With this range, you can be confident sewing denim, spandex or even canvas on the machine.

What To Look For In A Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Heavy-duty sewing machines come in different sizes and capacity, which can sometimes be overwhelming if you are in the market choosing one for yourself. The most common reason for sewists to upgrade to a machine like this is that it can handle thick fabrics. So this is obviously the first requirement.

However, it does not mean the strongest machine will be the best. These machines usually come with an expensive price that not all sewists can afford. The rule here is to think about the thickest fabric you are going to sew and pick a machine that can sew through it.

I know some entry-level sewing machines that are pretty strong so you need to think about the whole list below to make to the decision. But if strength is the only thing you want, read this article on What Are The Best Cheap Sewing Machines For Beginners - Basic Sewing Machine Reviews to know what your options are.

Here is a brief list of criteria. We will go into details right down below:


  • The number of stitches the machine can produce in a minute.
  • The fabric it can sew through.
  • How durable the machine is.
  • How easy it is to thread the machine.
  • How much thread the bobbin can house.


SPM (Number Of Stitches Per Minute)

Most heavy-duty sewing machines have to penetrate and guide the thread through thick fabrics so the SPM is vital in determining the power of the machine.

If this figure is small, it indicates that the machine is struggling to sew thicker fabric and that machine might not be any handy when you sew these types of fabrics.

The Types Of Fabrics

Like I said before, the top tip to find the most suitable sewing machine for you is to think about the type of fabrics you need to sew. For example, if you will sew canvas a lot, make sure that the machine can sew through this extra thick fabric.

You need a powerful machine to sew canvas

If you do not do this step thoroughly, you might end up having a machine that you have to pay a hefty bill to get but cannot sew the thing you need it to sew.


Most heavy-duty sewing machines are made of metal parts so they, to some extent, can last longer than a regular home sewing machine.

If you intend to leave the machine in your home, this might not be so important but if you want it to travel with you, find the one that can handle the impact.

I know some machines that have added accessories to protect it even if you want to take it with you on a road trip or a voyage on a boat.

Threading The Machine

This seems like a minor feature but it actually has a big impact. A difficult to thread machine will create more frustration for you. The best way to avoid the added hassle is to read reviews about the machine to see if anyone mentions this issue.

However, please bear in mind that a machine that is easy to thread for one person does not necessary give the same experience to another. You should use your personal experience when judging. If this is your first best starter sewing machine, read as much as possible to know more about your potential investment.