34 thoughts on “Sewers of?

  1. Sieg Heil says:

    I have a vintage cast iron singer, don’t buy one, I had to restore it and it does one stitch style

    And it’s not as heavy duty as you think

    It’s just heavy can’t do leather

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve heard really good things about these and some bad things. Consensus seems to be that there is nothing "heavy duty" about them

      • Anonymous says:

        its called "heavy duty" because it can actually sew more than 2 layers of jean fabric or leather together unlike the other Walmart machines you get to buy as a beginner

        • Anonymous says:

          yes i know that, but most reviews say it’s not nearly as "heavy duty" as they say it is and any real tough project with thick fabric and layers it can’t handle

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have an old singer 534, it does everything I need it to. To above poster with the cast iron singer, you have to get attachments to do zig zag and buttonhole, they are amazing bits of engineering, but kind of a pain to install and swap out instead of pressing a button.

    I had to replace the nylon gear on mine so I got it for $5 plus $10 for new gears. Will take a double needle

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have a Sailrite. I mostly use it for sewing heavy 1000D cordura and webbing, but it can be configured to sew just about anything.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >which
    Janome
    Necchi
    – best in their price ranges
    also learn how to set up them, on YT

    Forget Singer and Brother entry levels. They are hecking plastic crap.

  5. Anonymous says:

    My first machine was a Singer portable from around 1975. I was in middle school when I bought it. I still have it and it still runs. I "upgraded" to a Pfaff Passport 2.0 a few years ago, mainly for the variable needle positions and extra foot options. The Passport is fine. It can handle 8 layers of denim with some coaxing and a hump jumper, will topstitch nicely, does a clean close satin stitch, is easy to thread, and has an automatic buttonhole option (tho I prefer to hand stitch buttonholes). It’s a good mid-grade machine. My only complaints about it compared to my old Singer is that there isn’t enough room between the bed and the foot, and to the right of the foot, for working on jackets and jeans, and the drop arm is too wide to accommodate narrow sleeves and pants hems.

    • Anonymous says:

      Most regular sewing machines these days have an overcasting stitch and matching foot. It’s effectively just an alternating zigzag-backstitch, with a foot that lines up to the raw edge and keeps it from puckering/rolling up in the zigzag. Not as neat as a proper 4-thread overlocker, and it won’t stretch as well if you’re working with knits, but it does the job for just finishing edges

    • Anonymous says:

      If you mainly work with wovens, there are dozens of ways to finish seam allowances that don’t require a serger. If you work with knits, it’s a huge timesaver and provides a clean flexible finish with a single pass. Necessary? No. Convenient if you sew frequently and at volume? You bet.

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