Industrial sewing machines are ideal for businesses that need to produce a considerable volume of clothing, bedding or upholstery, as they are faster and more durable than domestic ones.
This means they can cope with intense mass production without the motor or machines themselves wearing out.
While industrial sewing machines are great at what they do, the one limitation they have is they are designed to work on heavy weight leather, canvas, tarpaulins, and webbing type materials.
Can they be used on any leather and such materials?
Although industrial sewing machines have been designed to work on fabrics, some can be modified so they are able to work with light to medium-weight material leather etc
If you are handling this type of material heavy material such as leather etc, it is important to use the correct needle sizes and thread. These are spear-shaped, which works by cutting the leather as the stitch is being formed. Without these special needles, the machine will struggle with the material.
Do I need a leatherwork sewing machine?
While some industrial sewing machines might be able to work on light- to medium-weight leather type material, if you need heavy-weight leather stitching or have a constant flow of leatherwork that needs handling, they will not be sufficient.
Leatherwork and heavy duty material like canvas, tarpaulins, and webbing type materials etc, a heavy duty walking foot machine is definitely needed These types of machine are designed specifically not to damage the leather, so you can be confident all the stock will remain in good condition.
They will also be able to repeatedly work on the material without wearing out as easily as other models would.
These days and fitted by us on all our machines have built-in speed reducers fitted on the motors, which provide more controlled sewing. While you might want to speed up production, it is more worthwhile to make sure every stitch is accurate.
This is because, when working with leather, if any mistakes are made, the whole thing often needs to be scrapped. To avoid unnecessary waste of material and time, the speed reducer allows for more meticulous, and accurate, sewing.
Works with other materials
Another reason to invest in leatherwork industrial sewing machines is they work on all types of leather, including upholstery, suede, belts, harnesses, bridles, saddles, and garments.
Thanks to their sturdiness and durability, they are also able to operate on canvas, upholstery fabric, denim, waxed canvas, and vinyl. This means you can expand the types of material you provide, as you have the equipment to handle heavier fabrics.
Correct presser foot
It is important to get the correct presser foot when getting a leatherwork sewing machine, as this makes it easier to sew different layers of material.
A walking presser foot pulls the leather together with the other fabrics through the machine at the same time. This provides symmetrical stitching, so the end product looks perfect.
Types of machines
We at Castle Sewing machines Ltd supply every type of heavy duty machine new or used, whether you are sewing purses wallets a narrow cylinder arm like Juki 244, or 245 machine is what you need, heavy material like harness and slings, a wide cylinder or flat bed Juki 441,or Juki 243, or really bulky items such as tents and tarpaulin a long arm machine with a 75cm 30-inch bed is needed Juki LG158 or Seiko JW8BL
To find the right leatherwork and extra heavy equipment for your needs, take a look at the variety of Castle Sewing Machinery we have available.