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Candice Wurster

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Hello, I am looking to buy a industrial sewing machine for sewing leather. Not sure if any of you could help me with that purchase or know a company you can direct me to?
Would be so helpful thank you!
 

GHT

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Hi Candice, welcome to the Lounge. You say you are looking to buy an industrial sewing machine for sewing leather. Unless you are making something like boots or shoes, a standard machine will suffice. You can pay a fortune for a modern new one or search ebay for a Singer like this:
Singer spearpoint.jpg
It's not the machine that sews leather, it's the sewing machine needles and what you need are needles known as spearpoint, like this:
speare needle_types.gif
Sewing machine needles are designed to go through the weave of a woven fabric. Leather, being a hide, is not like that, so to penetrate it without tearing it, a spearpoint needle is your best option. You can use spearpoints on both industrial and domestic sewing machines.
 

photo2u

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Welcome to the forum. I think there are many choices. I like the singer 15-90 as a good all around leather and fabric machine. I personally own 6 singers and a Consew 206RB-1.
You can find a good singer for 100 dollars locally. That is how I found mine. Just remember to lubricate (easy job) them periodically and you will not have any problems. Please remember singer machines do not have model numbers stamped they have a serial numbers instead. This is a site that will inform you which serial matches the model number: http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mac...er-sewing-machine-serial-number-database.html

If you see a 201 for under 140? pick it up. I considered it the Cadi of the Singer line!
 

Candice Wurster

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Welcome to the forum. I think there are many choices. I like the singer 15-90 as a good all around leather and fabric machine. I personally own 6 singers and a Consew 206RB-1.
You can find a good singer for 100 dollars locally. That is how I found mine. Just remember to lubricate (easy job) them periodically and you will not have any problems. Please remember singer machines do not have model numbers stamped they have a serial numbers instead. This is a site that will inform you which serial matches the model number: http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mac...er-sewing-machine-serial-number-database.html

If you see a 201 for under 140? pick it up. I considered it the Cadi of the Singer line!
Thank you so much for the reply! I am looking for a sewing machine to sew in the sweatbands for my hats, I should have specified. Would you have any recommendations for that type of sewing machine?
 

Candice Wurster

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Hi Candice, welcome to the Lounge. You say you are looking to buy an industrial sewing machine for sewing leather. Unless you are making something like boots or shoes, a standard machine will suffice. You can pay a fortune for a modern new one or search ebay for a Singer like this:
View attachment 338688
It's not the machine that sews leather, it's the sewing machine needles and what you need are needles known as spearpoint, like this:
View attachment 338689
Sewing machine needles are designed to go through the weave of a woven fabric. Leather, being a hide, is not like that, so to penetrate it without tearing it, a spearpoint needle is your best option. You can use spearpoints on both industrial and domestic sewing machines.
Thank you so much for the reply! I am looking for a sewing machine to sew in the sweatbands for my hats, I should have specified. Would you have any recommendations for that type of sewing machine?
 

AeroFan_07

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Welcome! I have actually seen 3 Industrial machines go through our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore in the past year. They may even still have one. I'm in the midwest USA - Iowa - however I have no idea where you are at. Location (general) would help a lot as we're really from all over here, and lots of us tend to have a "nose" to find speciifc things.
 

AbbaDatDeHat

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Hello, I am looking to buy a industrial sewing machine for sewing leather. Not sure if any of you could help me with that purchase or know a company you can direct me to?
Would be so helpful thank you!
Fellow lounger @59Lark is fixes and sells sewing machines. I believe he is in Canada.
Hope tis helps. Good luck and welcome to the lounge.
B
 

59Lark

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the machine hatmaker used was maybe the singer 111w , my memory sucks lately, now i knew a shoemaker who did hats , and he used his 29k due to the free arm, but they dont make a nice straight stitch and the bobbin is tiny, i knew someone who took a metal free arm domestic, and took the base off and mounted the rest of the machine on a table free arm sticking out and did hats on it. Really the leather band is not that thick and the felt is not hard to sew, i starting building one once i was gonna use a old elna no 1 grasshopper and i never finished it, its still down in the cellar. 59lark
 

revkev

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I know a local fashion collective is selling some machines. PM me your info and I will put you in touch. In San Francisco, CA.
 

Hat and Rehat

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the machine hatmaker used was maybe the singer 111w , my memory sucks lately, now i knew a shoemaker who did hats , and he used his 29k due to the free arm, but they dont make a nice straight stitch and the bobbin is tiny, i knew someone who took a metal free arm domestic, and took the base off and mounted the rest of the machine on a table free arm sticking out and did hats on it. Really the leather band is not that thick and the felt is not hard to sew, i starting building one once i was gonna use a old elna no 1 grasshopper and i never finished it, its still down in the cellar. 59lark

This is the first time in a long time I've logged into the Lounge, though I see some loungers on the facebook page. I logged in specifically to see if anyone has used a Singer 29-4 to sew in reeded sweats. It's a free arm, with a small arm and lock-stitch, and the head also looks to be angled in the pictures I saw. I ran across one at a pretty good price. I though it had potential, and for a lot less money than for a machine designed for the purpose. Can you tell me more about the results the shoemaker got?
Thanks.
 

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