Best sewing machine for heavy fabric

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When working with heavy fabric like canvas and denim, it’s a good idea to have a sewing machine specifically made to work with heavy fabrics. In this post, I share the best sewing machine for heavy fabric.

Not only is the right sewing machine needed, but you also need to use the right sewing needle and foot to prevent skipping stitches or breaking your needle when working with heavier fabric.

Best sewing machine for heavy fabric

Here are the best sewing machines, in my opinion:

Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine


Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine


SINGER | 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine


Juki HZL-F600 Full Sized Computer Sewing


Juki HZL-DX7 Sewing Machine with 287 Stitch Patterns and 4 Fonts


What is heavy fabric?

Heavy fabrics are those that weigh between 12 to 14 ounces. Examples of heavy fabric include canvas, denim, upholstery fabric, corduroy and suede.

Is all thick fabric heavy?

No, not all fabric that is thick is heavy fabric. For example, you could have several layers of lightweight fabric that you need to sew through. The fabric itself isn’t heavy but the thickness means you need to have the right sewing machine foot.

Can my sewing machine sew heavy fabric?

Many sewing machines can sew heavy fabric but not all sewing machine brands can do this well, and you risk damaging your machine.

There are sewing machines that are suited to working with heavier, stronger fabrics. Some are industrial sewing machines while others are regular sewing machines people use at home.

What makes a sewing machine suitable for heavy fabrics?

Sewing machines that have a metal cover are more sturdy and can sew at faster speeds and work with heavier fabrics. The sturdiness means the machine won’t slide as you’re sewing the heavy fabric and it won’t vibrate as much, which will make sewing easier for you!



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