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Topic: What 'commercial' or 'hobbiest' machine should I buy for Vinyl Hemming?  (Read 994 times)
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« on: May 14, 2010 03:46:18 PM »

Digitally printed vinyl banners.

I need to hem them. So far the biggest 'name' I keep seeing in my research for 'commercial' machines is Juki. But.. Do I really 'need' a commercial machine to sew straight stitches through heavyweight material?

Discuss!

And thanks in advance for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010 04:46:09 PM »

What's your budget and are you planning to use this machine for something else eventually?

Vintage machines like the Singer 201/15-91 are fantastic with heavier weighted material. You can also look into current straight stitch machines like the Juki-TL98 or the Janome 1600P series (there are 4 models with slight variations, the DB, DBX, QC, and 1600P).

To help you distinguish between all name differentiations, here is a post from Jenny at Sew-Classic:

http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/11/13/industrial-commercial-grade-professional-industrial-strength--more--sewing-machine-buying-guide.aspx

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010 08:16:40 PM »

How much vinyl hemming are you planning on doing?  Are you talking about getting a machine capable of hemming vinyl, or one capable of hemming vinyl day in and day out for years on end?
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2010 06:55:49 PM »

I recently started sewing heavy materials, 500 and 1000 denier pu coated cordura nylon and heavy webbing.  I started with a singer 15-91 that I bought for fairly cheap off of craigslist.  I love that little heavy black machine.  If you can find one, it should serve pretty well for a basic hem on vinyl. 

Having said that, after about 4 projects I found the limitations of my singer and decided to upgrade to an industrial machine.  I picked up a tacsew 111-115, which is an updated copy of the singer 111w115 machine and it is very awesome for what I'm doing.  Its a walking foot needle feed machine and it will pretty much sew anything i can fit under the foot.  And with the knee lift, thats a bit over half inch.  Cant say enough good things about this machine.  It only does straight stitches in forward and reverse but if you're in need of a heavy lock stitch machine its a great one, and a lot less expensive than a juki.  I picked mine up from an ebay seller called sewing gold, and it was about $950 shipped including table, thread stand, light and three quarter horse power servo motor.  You can get one with a clutch motor for about $100 less but the servo is a lot more controllable because you can set the speed where you want it.  Sewing Gold is run by great people, the guy I have dealt with couldn't have been nicer.

An equivalent machine in a juki or consew is at least 500 dollars more. 

But pick up an old singer and give it a try.  I'm not getting rid of my 15-91 any time soon, thats for sure.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010 02:07:05 AM »

What happens when you try to sew the vinyl on your current machine?  I tried some vinyl and found that the foot was sticking to the vinyl and creating a mess, so I went to Joann's and got a foot with rollers on it.  It worked perfectly.  It also handles leather beautifully.
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