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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: What 'commercial' or 'hobbiest' machine should I buy for Vinyl Hemming? 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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