Would anyone like to comment on the relative merits of an industrial sewing machine versus a domestic one? I just bought a reconditioned industrial machine for my business and although it works great and there’s lots of things I like about it, it is also noisy and vibraty… No doubt I could have spent more on a quieter model, but I’m a start-up and don’t have lots of cash to throw around.
Here are what I see as advantages – the machine is embedded in a flat table, so fabric comes into and out of the machine on a flat surface. (However, domestic machines can be reconfigured and mounted within a table in a similar way.) The machine is serviced regularly by the seller who comes round to do the work (as a business, this is a plus, but could probably also be arranged for a domestic machine). The knee lever and large, broad foot pedal are much better arrangements than on the domestic machines. Many of the professional seamstresses with which we work are trained on these machines and are very familiar with them, hence it is straightforward to take on a new person and get them “up to snuff” rapidly on the machine (however, domestic machines aren’t that hard to use either!). The bobbin rethreading system while you sew is cool.
Down sides : Very noisy and a lot of vibration. On the machine I bought, the machine has to be run even after shut off in order to “wind the motor down”. A bit clunky looking. And price about three times what the equivalent domestic machine cost. Only does straight stitching.
Overall, the main advantage seems to be the knee level system for raising the sewing foot and the foot panel itself, which, combined, represent a fairly significant time saving while sewing.
I’m also contemplating buying an industrial type iron with its separate water reservoir – again, these cost from several hundred dollars up to thousands of dollars. Benefits versus disadvantages?
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