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Purchasing A Sewing Machine

I'm Looking For a Machine... 
Who Made Kenmore Machines? 
Serger or Sewing Machine? 
CG-550 
Slantomatic vs. Janome 
Portable Walking Foot Machine 
Serge Machine for Lycra? 
Looking For a Blind Hemmer 
What Machines Should I Look at for My New Business??? 
Should I Buy a New or Used Featherweight?? 
Baby Lock Machine 
Will This Machine Do What I Want It To? 
Buying vs. Repairing 
Inexpensive Machine? 
Home Use Serger 
Dual Electric Serger? 
Is This a Good Deal? 
Motor Amps 
Could I Work on an Industrial Sewing Machine? 
Recomendations on a Machine for Making Professional Looking Drapes 
Brother SE270D & Software 
Consew Q's 
I Need a Heavy Duty, Inexpensive Machine 
Slow Sewing & Funny Smell 
Do I Need an Industrial Machine? 
More Information 
Machine for Sunbrella Fabric? 
Scalloped Stitching 
Advice on Buying A Machine 
How to Order? 
Easy-To-Use First Time Serger 
What Type of Sewing Machine Do I Need? 
Good Embroidery Machine? 
Machine for Hemming Knit Fabrics 
Electronic Speed Control? 
Repair or Purchase New Machine? 
Singer Sergers 
Do I Need A Walking Foot Machine? 
Looking For Sewing Machine Made in USA 




QuestionI'm Looking For a Machine... 
I'm looking into getting an industrial sewing machine for automotive upholstery including leather. My price limit is $1,500. What would you suggest? Are all of your machine new?
8/4/2006
AnswerThe best machine for the money is the Juki DNU1541 for $1400.00. OR a Juki DU1181 for $925.00. These machines are new. Shipping of course is extra, please call for more information. Both machines will do a terrific job.

Thank you,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionWho Made Kenmore Machines? 
Hi, could you tell me who made the Kenmore Sewing Machines for Sears. And how do you rate the older heavy machines. Thanks
7/26/2006
AnswerSeveral different companies made machines for Sears. I would need to see a picture of the machine to be able to determine which company manufactured that particular machine. In my opinion, all of the older heavy machines are far better than the machines that are on the market today.

Thank you,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionSerger or Sewing Machine? 
What are the advantages of a Serge Machine over a Sewing Machine or the advantages of a Sewing Machine over a Serge Machine? I am having difficulty sewing some heavy material that I am making a tool roll from which is denim and the thread always breaks before I can really get going. I am going through three layers of denim and some fleece which I am using for a liner. This is the edging of the tool roll and is why that many layers of denim. Ed
7/26/2006
AnswerDear Ed,

You want a sewing machine that is capable of sewing the thickness that you need. A serger is a finishing machine. It sounds to me as if you need an industrial machine. Call 1-800-544-5858 for information.

Thank you,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionCG-550 
HELLO,

CAN YOU GIVE ME A QUOTE ON SINGER CG-550 COMMERICIAL GRADE MACHINE
7/12/2006
Answer$249.00

Thank you,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionSlantomatic vs. Janome 
Hi,

my name is juanita. i was introduced to quilting by a good friend of mine and have been quilting for about a year and a half. i starded out with an old machine my in-law let me borrow since i did not know if this would be a passing phase. well one day i came across an old slantomatic at a second hand store.i bought it for $15 thinking that if it did not work it would not be much of a loss. when i set it up at home and began to sew i was thrilled to hear how quiet and well it
worked. i thought i had won the lotto!! since i still had my mother in laws i used that one only to do the quilting since i had already purchased a quilting foot for it. well the other day i was talking to my good friend who also happens to be a home-ec teacher and i told her how i might be thinking about buying a new machine just to do my quilting with. well her sewing circle happend to have an extra janome 3022 that i could purchase from them for easy payments. she agreed to let me take the machine home and play with it to see if it would be something i would like. well when i
got it home it turned out just great. sews wonderful, and quiet. however i did not realize i had such an emotional attachment to my old slatomatic. the janome also does not include any of the quilting 1/4 foot or the walking foot that i have noticed all these others at walmart do like the brother machines. all this would have to be an extra expense for me. another problem i've had with my slantomatic is that a few months ago i decided i would oil my slantomatic since i did not know when this was done last. i purchased oil from the sewing section at walmart. however i've noticed that the machine makes more noise now. should i have used a diffrent kind of oil? do you have any advise on the janome i'm considering?
please help i don't know if spending 300 plus the cost of the extra feet would be smart for me to do at this time.
2/2/2006
AnswerThe noise coming from your Slantomatic can be corrected. Just loosen the clutch on the Slantomatic- let the machine run with no stress- leave it run. The noise will get unbearable and then be gone. The oil that you used from WalMart is fine.

The slantomatic is a far better machine for quilting. My own opinion is to continue using the slantomatic and pass on purchasing the Janome.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionPortable Walking Foot Machine 
I am looking for a portable industrial sewing machine with a walking foot preferably with a 9 inch throat as I will be sewing canvas, sails, and upholstery. I have seen TuffSew, Thompson, Innovation, AlphaSew, Sailrite, and many others advertised and I am wondering which one you would recommend. Also how can a $790.00 machine be advertised online for $319.00 (AlphaSew). Thank you.
2/2/2006
AnswerThe portable upholstery machines are limited in size due to the fact that they take a household machine and convert it to an industrial application, but the machine still uses the 10th of a horsepower motor originally put onto the sewing machine. The inside throat is limited due to the fact that the castings are from original household machines. There is one manufacturer who gives you an extra inch and a half on the inside.

We do not know who is advertising the AlphaSew at $790.00 and selling it for $390.00. We do not sell that brand due the fact that it has poor quality.

We recommend that if you need more space on the interior of the machine that you purchase a full size industrial machine with a 48"x20" table, half horsepower motor. This machine will give you a 9 inch throat, plenty of power, and should last you a good 20 years. You may want to look at the Artisan 797AB on www.sewingandvac.com for $780.00. Let me know.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionSerge Machine for Lycra? 
I am looking to purchase a serge machine to sew lycra fabric. What machines do you recommend to work with this type of fabric?

2/2/2006
AnswerI recomend the Juki MO644D available on www.sewingandvac.com

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionLooking For a Blind Hemmer 
I'm looking for a blind hemmer to sew draperies. I have a blind hem foot on my serger and one on my sewing machine but I find the stitches come out uneven unless I am sewing extremely slow. I think I need a machine that is just a blind hemmer.
2/2/2006
AnswerYou would be best to use a portable blind hemmer or full size commercial depending on how much work you need to blindstitch. We have several different brands on our site that will do the job for you. If you have any further questions, let me know.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionWhat Machines Should I Look at for My New Business??? 
I am starting a new company that will sell high end fabric bags. From the test market research, our company will be making hundreds of bags in the coming months. We are looking for machines that can handle all this. It has been suggested that we get industrial sewing machines. We will also be purchasing embroidery machines and sergers to make our lives easier! Can you recommend brands and models that would be good for our company? I want the best machine that will be dependable and easy to use and maintain. Thank you so much!

Stephanie
2/2/2006
AnswerWe recommend that you look into Juki machines. Juki sergers- the best model would be MO6714 for $1400.00 available on www.sewingandvac.com You will also need straight stitch machines, DDL8700 for $710.00 and sometime of an industrial embroidery machine. We would have to know more information on the way that you are going to construct your bags in order to give you more advice. Please feel free to either call us or e-mail us.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionShould I Buy a New or Used Featherweight?? 
Hi,
I am planning on buying a Singer Featherweight sewing machine. My mom has one made in the 60's, model 221K, it is white with a green carrying case. She loves it and has sew everything on it from patching jeans to an entire wedding dress. I want to know if yuo recomend buying a used one like hers or getting a new one. I really don't think I need the 30-40 stitch choices that come on the new ones but they are cheaper and come with a warenty. What's your opinion?

Thanks, Rebecca
1/31/2006
AnswerDear Rebecca,

I would definately recommend purchasing a used original 221 rather than a new one. The older ones are much better quality- which is why the newer ones are cheaper. I have two original Singer Featherweight 221 machines if you are interested. One is in great condition for $550.00 and the other is in good condition for $400.00. We also give a 5-month warranty with both of the machines. Let me know if you would be interested in that.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionBaby Lock Machine 
Please advise availability and price of latest Babylock autothreading serger for home use. It wasn't listed on your serger page.
Thankyou,

Bill
AnswerSorry, we no longer sell Baby Lock.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionWill This Machine Do What I Want It To? 
Iíve smoked several cheap brother sewing machines. I do a wide variety of sewing. I sew patches on my leather riding jackets, patches on my uniforms, clothes for me and my wife, clothes for my daughter, jackets for our dogs (looks like a Carhart jacket), drapes & curtains, Iíve even tried re-upholstering my bronco. Iíd like to re-upholster my boat, and finish my bronco. Iíve found though, that these things can be done for me for not that much. Patches cost less than a dollar a piece, and upholstery isnít that bad, but if I do a whole boat and my bronco, Iíd save enough money to buy a good sewing machineÖI think. Iím currently winning a bid for a



VIKING-HUSQVARNA-500 COMPUTER--SEWING-QUILTING MACHINEeBay: VIKING-HUSQVARNA-500 COMPUTER--SEWING-QUILTING MACHINE (item 8223741003 end time Oct-11-05 06:28:30 PDT)


Is this going to do what I want to do? Iíve heard that husqvarna is the best. In doing some research, Iíve seen some of the cool stuff you can do with these machines, and that interests me greatly. I love to sew, but usually am bound by time and an inadequate machine. What do you think? Can you recommend another machine if this one is not right? Also, am I getting a good deal if I get this machine for less than 600?
AnswerNo, that machine will not do what you want it to do. You need an industrial machine. Also, the sewing machine blue book value is only $290.00 for wholesale. So, in my opionion, $600.00 is a bit steep.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

RE:
Thanks. Hopefully Iíll get out bid then. I think my max bid was 530 or something. Is there a machine for less than 800 that will do what I want?

RE:
Yes, we can get you a nice industrial sewing machine that will be able to do everything you need it to for under $800.00. If you would like more information, e-mail your phone number and I will have the industrial sewing machine salesman call you or you could call him, his name is Richard. 1-800-544-5858.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionBuying vs. Repairing 
Dear industrial sewing machine man,

Please help! I am facing a decision involving multiple options. In the last couple of years I have become interested in sewing historical costumes. When my Singer Diana bit the dust, my husband purchased a used Singer 775 for me. While it took me a while to learn how to use it, I quickly came to love it because it ran smoothly, very fast and had a bobbin winder that loaded directly from the needle (none of that Ė pull out the bobbin, set it on the separate knob, wind, reinsert etc..!). The convenience of this feature is very important to me because of my health. I have a long term chronic illness which takes a great deal of my strength Ė cutting down on even one less step makes a big difference. Now, my 775 has developed a problem - the bobbin hook has worn down, thread starts wrapping underneath and around the bobbin case and the machine jams. The bobbin case could be replaced but I have been warned that since the old one wore down with its internal fitting (like an old key in an old lock) a new one may catch or slip. There is also the possibility that even if it does work something else may then go on this almost 30-year old machine. My household finances have been adversely affected by my health and I have very little money available for this (maximum $300 Canadian). I donít know if I should try to have the 775 repaired, try to find another older machine with this feature or look for a new machine. I do not need a machine with a lot of fancy features & stitches. To do historical costuming I need a machine with a basic straight stitch that is sturdy, fast, stitches evenly and can sew through multiple layers of heavy material such as denims and upholstery fabrics but also handle light muslins and silks. To that end I have been looking online at the Singer CG-550 Commercial Grade which has a ĎTouch & Windí bobbin winder. Is this the same kind of convenient bobbin winder that loads from the needle (like my 775) without having to remove the bobbin? Would you recommend this machine for what I am doing? And/or are there any other particular machines (new or used) that you would recommend to meet these particular needs?

Thank you for your time and consideration of my questions,

Florence
a tired, but eager to sew Canadian)
AnswerDear Florence,

Would like advice on how to go about repairing your 775 or advice on buying a new/used machine? The CG-550 does not have the feature that you are looking for. Unfortunately, they do not make that convenient feature in any new machines. If you would like to purchase a used machine with that particular feature, I have several available in prices ranging from 150-350 Canadian. I could also help you repair your machine if you would like to give it a try. I would just need a little bit more information about the problem. Let me know how I can help.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

RE:
To SewVac Dr:

You said you have several older machines with this feature (bobbin threading from the needle) ranging in price from $150-350 (Canadian). Would you please list these machines with their prices? Also Ė do you happen to have any two matching machines ie. Ďidentical twinsí as it were, so that if I wanted to purchase one, I could buy another to have for back-up parts if I needed them? Is that possible? Thank you for your time.

Florence

RE:
Dear Florence,

Unfortunately, the list of machines is too extensive for me to write in an e-mail. There are at least 50-60 models that have the feature that you are looking for. If you have any other particular features in mind, list them and e-mail me back. I can get you two of the same machine if that is what you want. Let me know.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man




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QuestionInexpensive Machine? 
I am looking for a great inexpensive ,top loading bobbin ,good sewing machine that can do button holes easily and is easy to operate with simple instructions and works well enough for home use of just hemming curtains ,pants, etc. no fancy stuff ,which sewing machine do you recommend and what is the model number, and in Tucson Az where do i go to look at it?. I dont want a dud like i bought last time .thank you
AnswerDear Kathleen,

I recommend the Simplicity SW240 for $229.00 on www.sewingandvac.com . It makes an excellent one-step buttonhole and is also very durable due to it's quilting capabilites.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionHome Use Serger 
Could you recommend a Serger for 'home use' that will be used primarily for lingerie finishing?



Thank You,



G.R.

AnswerDear G.R,

The Juki MO-644D for $345.00 on www.sewingandvac.com

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionDual Electric Serger? 
Dear industrial sewing machine man:

I have a friend in England that would like to purchase a serger that she can also use over here. Is there a brand that has a switch to go to the either types of voltage? I've checked the internet but I don't know how to word the electrical requirements.

I'd appreciate your input.
Thank you,
Marvia
AnswerDear Marvia,

I am unaware of a machine that is dual voltage. I suggest just purchasing an American machine and buying a converter. It is called a step-up or step-down transformer.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionIs This a Good Deal? 
Dear industrial sewing machine man:

MY sister in law is offering me a Singer Industrial 20u33 that belonged to her Great Aunt.It is back East so I can't see it. Is this an offer I shouldn't refuse or does it's age make it hard to find parts? Any info greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Peggy
AnswerDear Peggy,

It sounds like a great deal to me- parts are always available for industrial machines.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionMotor Amps 
Hi, What is the motor amps for industrial and commercial sewing machines? I'm trying to figure out if my house is capable to handle industrial/commerical sewing machine. I'm pretty sure If I decide to buy industrial/commercial sewing machine, I might fry our fuse.

Also, it would be great if I also get the motor amps for serger and blindstitch.

Thanks for all your help

Eloida
AnswerThere is approx. a 4 amp motor in all of the machines that you questioned about.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionCould I Work on an Industrial Sewing Machine? 
HI!I JUST WAS WONDERING IF I COULD WORK ON A INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE?I CONSIDER MYSELF AN ADVANCED SEWER AND BEEN DOING IT FOR OVER 20 YEARS!THANK U FOR ANYONE WHO WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER THIS!JAN
AnswerAbsolutely!

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionRecomendations on a Machine for Making Professional Looking Drapes 
Dear industrial sewing machine man:

Hello, my name is Erin. I am desperately looking for someone who can give me knowledgeable advice on what sewing machine to purchase. I am a beginner sewer, but would like to purchase a machine that will not only serve me as a beginner, but that I will be happy using when my skills are more improved. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have an opinion about what Brands/Models to stay away from? I really want a quality sewing machine, thatís durable and will last a long time. I will be sewing curtains, drapes, table clothes, napkins, pillows, bedspreads, quilts, clothes for my children, etc. Iíd like something that will afford me the opportunity to make professional looking drapes when my skills get better. Iíd like something with a decent amount of stitch options and that is convenient to use. I can spend anywhere from $250-$500.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Erin
AnswerDear Erin,

If you are looking for a good heavy duty machine that is good for beginners as well as later on, I would look at a new machine from Singer, the CG590- we have it on our website at www.sewingandvac.com for $299.00 which includes the carrying case. If you have any other questions, or would like more details, please feel free to call us at 1-800-544-5858. Ask to speak to Richard and let them know that you e-mailed the Industrial Sewing Machine Man.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionBrother SE270D & Software 
I have an embroidery pattern on a CD. I'm not sure what all I need to purchase to be able to use this design. I HAVE to be able to use this design, because it is his company's logo and I will do all their embroidery for them. I'm looking at a Brother SE270D and I think I can use this machine and the PED-Basic software to do this. Am I correct? Thank You Very Much,
Kim
AnswerDear Kim,

You can do it only if the pattern on the CDRom has been previously digitized by another company. The PEBasic will not allow you to do any digitizing just to do the downloading.

I do not recommend that particular model machine that you referenced. Look at the PE180D or 400D. The machine that you are speaking of is only sold at large department stores and we have had a large number of them in for repair. You may also want to consider the Singer CE200 because it has a direct connection into the computer and you can not only download, but also digitize any patterns directly with nothing extra to buy. Hope this helps.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionConsew Q's 
Dear industrial sewing machine man,

We have a Consew 255RP-2 sewing machine. It will not sew. Looks like the thread knots up and breaks. The hook and needle are not timed. I donít know the needle height either. The machine says to use a 135x17 needle but were using a 135x16. Will this make it skip also? We do not have a service manual to show us how to time machine. Is there any think you can email to show timing of needle and sewing hook? Can you help?



Thanks

Gene Radney
AnswerDear Gene,

The needle that you are using is the correct one. I can possible get you an instruction book from Consew for that model for $16.95 + shipping, however, timing on a walking foot machine is sometimes more complicated than just making sure that the needle is in the right position to the hook. In some cases, you need to move the gears because of age and because of the needle swing.

You should think about taking this to your local mechanic. Please let us know if you would like us to sell you the book.

Thank you,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionI Need a Heavy Duty, Inexpensive Machine 
I am looking for a heavy duty machine but not an expensive industrial type. Sams Club has a Heavy Duty HD110 Singer that has a ďheavy duty motorĒ Commercial Speed. But the question is will it handle upholstery weight fabric. Would you know anything about it. I compared the commercial grade singer CG 550 and the machines look identical.
AnswerDear Alice,

Unfortunately, when you buy a machine from Sams Club they are specially made just for Sams Club/WalMart Co.

The Sams Club/WalMart Co. goes to a company like Singer and promises to buy a half a million of their sewing machines if they can make it with certain features and at a price where Sams Club/WalMart can make its full markup. This sounds good, but what happens is Singer reverse engineers the machines so that they can meet the Sams Club/WalMart price. The quality is not the same as if you purchased a machine like the CG590.

When we hear the words "heavy duty'' we assume that the machienery can go through any thickness. We feel that this is one of the most overused words in the sewing industry and when shopping you should be more specific with what you are making instead of looking for a machine that just says heavy duty. For example, a person who is doing dressmaking, does not need to worry about a machine that sews as heavy a material as a person doing upholstery work. Hope this helps.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionSlow Sewing & Funny Smell 
Hello,

I am having trouble with my Janome 366. I had it serviced and the motor replaced 6 months ago. Now I'm gettin the same problem...slow sewing and a funny smell! I've hardly used it...surely it can't have gone though another motor?



Many thanks,

Abi
AnswerDear Abi,

It sounds like your machine needs to be serviced. I would take it back to the repair place that replaced your motor and tell him to service your machine.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionDo I Need an Industrial Machine? 
I have a 35 year old Brother Pacesetter Super full auto machine that is all metal and has worked well over the years for me. The motor was replaced about 25 years ago. At that time I was told to keep the machine as long as I could because it was all metal and very reliable. The difficulty Iím having now is in trying to sew thick upholstery fabric Ė it just doesnít work well. Iíve sewn decorating projects before, but nothing this thick before, I guess. My thinking is the motor works well and thatís not really the problem with the thick fabric. Itís the clearance from the drop feed to the needle Ė not high enough to get the fabric in and when it is worked in, the needle doesnít drop down enough to get the stitching correct. Do I have to get an industrial machine or is there an attachment or different foot I could get?

Please advise!

AnswerDear Carol,

Sorry, but your machine was just not built to sew that thick of fabric. If you wish to sew that thick material, you will indeed need to look into purchasing an industrial sewing machine. If you would like any information, please feel free to ask.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionMore Information 
Yes Mr. Williams, I would like more information about the machine and where or how it can be purchased. Is this a machine that sews as well or does it make only the buttonholes? My father-in-law is looking for a machine that does just the buttonholes for my mother-in-law.

Thanks for your help.
AnswerDear Hilda,

There are no machines that do only buttonholes, so yes, this machine that I am talking about does sew as well. You can, however, set this machine to the buttonhole mode and never switch it back to sewing if you like. It is a Singer 3962 and it is on our website. Give us a call at 1-800-544-5858 to order.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionMachine for Sunbrella Fabric? 
Could you tell me of a good sewing machine to use for sewing Sunbrella fabric? I am looking to make new top for our boat.

Thank You,

Mary Muir
AnswerDear Mary,

You can either go one of two ways. Look at a portable upholstry machine, ex. Thompson Mini Walker for around $474.00, or a full-size industrial machine, like the Juki DNU-1541 for $1400.00 complete with table stand and motor. Both will do the project that you want, with the full-sized industrial machine being much faster. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionScalloped Stitching 
Hello,

I am searching for the machine that does a scalloped finishing stitch off
the edge of stretchy, t shirt type fabrics. You often see it around the
necks on girls t shirts. Do you know what machine does this stitch and
what a price is on it if you carry it?

Thank you
Anna
AnswerDear Anna,

That is a scalloping machine which is only made by the Merrow Corporation. Approximately $2600.00. I would have to see the exact material that you will be using in order to advise you better. Some houshold machines have scallopping stitches, but the ones that you see in the store are done by the Merrow. Let me know if you would like any additional information.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionAdvice on Buying A Machine 
Dear sir,

Can you kindly advise me on the type of machines i could buy that is not bulky that i can use for a cottage industry to make the above send quotatations of prices thx
AnswerDear nannyj8kar,

You will need to but a rolled hem machine. The best one is the Juki MO-644D that is designed to do hankerchiefs for $345.00. Let me know if you would be interested in getting more information.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionHow to Order? 
Dear Mr Williams,

How do I go about purchasing the Consew Corporation serger? Does it come with instructions and a warranty. How long does it take for delivery? I have misplaced your telephone number.

Betty Jutras
AnswerDear Betty,

Just give us a call at 1-800-544-5858 and we will be happy to take your order. We can usually ship out the next day, no charge for shipping. It comes complete with a one-year warranty and the instruction book.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionEasy-To-Use First Time Serger 
Hello-
I'm looking for a Serger machine. I own a Janome 6500 sewing machine and would like a serger. I know nothing about sergers other than the fact that they are great "finishers"
Since I would be teaching myself "how to use", can you recommend a machine that is easy to use and easy to thread? should I get a 3 or a 4 needle machine?
I would be using only for my own personal use, do you have any suggestions?
I don't want to spend a whole lot of $$$'s, but am looking for reliability and ease of use. I'd appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you.

jeanne
AnswerDear Jeanne,

Your best bet is a 3/4 machine serger with rolled hem. I would look at the Singer 14SH654 which we have on our web site for $289.00 or the Juki MO644D which we also have for $345.00. Both are easy to use and are great machines for starters. At this stage in your search, you should not get involved with electronics or even a coverstitch. Both of these features will make the price go over $800.00. When starting out, my best recommendation would be, just to keep it simple.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionWhat Type of Sewing Machine Do I Need? 
Good day, Please advise what type of machine I need to cut and sew cushions for sofas and chairs.

Thank You
Ed Vice
AnswerDear Ed,

I will need more information to give you a proper answer. What kind of material are we trying to sew? Do we want to join the foam to the material? You need to understand that cutting foam and sewing are two separate operations. Are you sewing professionally, or just doing it as a hobby? Please advise and I will try to help you further.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionGood Embroidery Machine? 
I am interested in purchasing a new sewing/embroidery machine and would like to get your opinion on which brand is best. I had a Singer Quantum XL100 for 6 years and the mother board has gone out and it costs too much to repair, so I am looking for a new machine. I would like to be able to design my own embroidery designs so that I am not limited to the designs on cards. I'm concerned about price but more concerned with durability. I paid $1700 for my Singer and it only lasted 6 years.

Thanks for your help, Marty Llewellyn
AnswerDear Marty,

I do feel at this time that the Singer CE200 is the best for the money on the market at $899.00. This machine can do both sewing and can download information from the computer directly with the cable. It automatically comes with the program to do your own digitizing. I would also look at the Brother 400D at $699.00, but understand that you will need to buy the PE Design Software in order to download designs and do your own digitizing. Hope this is helpful.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionMachine for Hemming Knit Fabrics 
I would like to find a machine that does a coverstitch hem for hemming knit fabrics that is not terribly expensive. Does such a machine exist?
AnswerDear Betty,

We do have a serger 2,3,4,5 with coverstitch and a rolled hem that is made by the Consew Corporation for $450.00, no charge for shipping.

Consew is a very large industrial company and we have found these machines to be good quality for the lowest price. If I can be of any further help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionElectronic Speed Control? 
Dear industrial sewing machine man:

We're looking into buying a sewing machine and notice that some feature
"electronic speed control". Does this mean they do not employ a foot pedal?
If not, how do they work?

Thanks for your response.
Dave Sherman
AnswerHi Dave!

The term "electronic" indicates that there is a PC somewhere in the machine or the foot control used to control the speed. Most machines with electronic speed control allow you to use the machine with or without a foot pedal, but to the best of my knowledge every machine has a foot pedal or a way to control the machine with your foot.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man


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QuestionRepair or Purchase New Machine? 
Dear One :

I have a Pfaff HobbyMatic 917. I cannot seem to find anyone hear in Columbus, Georgia that can fix the tension on this machine so it will hold the tension. I cannot figure out what the big deal is about this tension thing that is so hard to fix. It has me so frustrated that I just want to buy another machine. So I will ask about another machine. I need a machine that has a built in walking foot to move the bottom fabric in sequence with the top layer of material as it is sewn. Also this machine needs the ability to sew through 4 layers of denim with a stitch length ofat least 7mm. I just want a straight line sewing machine, nothing fancy, with the above features. It will be used for hobby work such as Car & Home upholstery and I will use it to make me some denim work pants. Another thing, I just don't understand why the sewing machine makers HATE LONG STITCH LENGTHS It makes me want pull my hair out every blasted time I go to Wal-Mart or anywhere else and see 5mm or no idenity of stitch length. It is so very important to have very long stitch lengths when sewing vinyl or thick layers. What is wrong with these people....or is it just me? Does the above machine have a name that can be purchased by me or will it take the deep pockets of a major corporation to buy it? I just want the above type of machine without taking out a second mortgage on my house. I am so frustrated I could take a hammer to this Pfaff. This pfaff did do a 6+mm stitch length at one time when the tension was working. Thanks for your help in identifing the name and location of the above WISHED FOR machine. I wish I could get this pfaff fixed correctly...it did well for years.
-wayne fuller
AnswerDear Wayne,

Any machine can be repaired, however, there are not a lot of qualified mechanics out there. The problem with your Pfaff, according to your e-mail, is a feed timing problem. If you cannot find anyone near your home to repair it for you, you could ship the machine to me in New Jersey and I will gladly repair it for you. If you decide to go with a new machine, your wished for machine does in fact exist. It is, however, an industrial machine. The Juki DNU-1541 will do exactly what you need. We have it listed on our website. Take at look at it and let me know. 1-800-544-5858.

Thank You,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionSinger Sergers 
Hi!

What is the difference between these brands of sergers:
Singer 14SH654
Singer 14SH6540

Are they the same machine?
AnswerNo, they are not the same machine. They are very close in the way that they look, and they also have very similar features, but are from different Singer factories and are of different quality. The 14SH654 is a better quality machine. We have this particular machine on our website.

If you have any other questions, let me know,
Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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QuestionDo I Need A Walking Foot Machine? 
Dear industrial sewing machine man:

I recently decided to get into the drapery business. I have worked for a large company for many years using an old Singer 241 sewing machine. I recently went to a sewing machine dealer and he told me that I should have a walking foot machine. I don't understand what a walking foot machine machine is, and do I really need one? The dealer told me it would cost me $1800.00. Do I really need a machine that expensive to start?

Thanks,
Phyllis in Michigan
AnswerDear Phyllis,

If you have been using a Singer 241 you do not need a walking foot machine. I would recommend that you look at the Juki DDL-8300. You can get this machine for about $700.00 with the stand. You only need a walking foot machine when you are doing very heavy material where there are multiple layers and you do not want any slippage- meaning that all layers will finish at the same point. If you want a more complete definition please look on our website.

Yours truly,
SewVac Doc

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QuestionLooking For Sewing Machine Made in USA 
Dear industrial sewing machine man:

I have a Singer model 401A made in the USA and I am looking to replace it with another Singer. I have spoken to a number of sales people in different stores and they have informed me that the Singer Company no longer manufactures their machines in the US. Is there another machine that is still made in the US? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Amy
AnswerDear Amy,

There are no longer any sewing machines made in the United States. Sewing machine manufacturing has been a very labor intensive process and unfortunately, because of our higher standard of living, it became impossible to continue to produce sewing machines in the US. The last machine to be produced in the US was the Singer model 1036. This machine ran well, but the consumers of the time purchased foreign-made machines due to the higher price of the US product. Don't be afraid to buy a Japanese or European built machine. If I can be of any other help, please let me know.

-Industrial Sewing Machine Man

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