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Old 04-01-2013, 09:57 AM   #11
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Thanks for the tip! Definitely something to think about too then. How are they size wize compaired? And they sew much faster too?

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Thanks for the tip! Definitely something to think about too then. How are they size wize compaired? And they sew much faster too?
Well they usually come with their own table. Its not incredibly huge or anything.

Here's a pic of mines to give you a visual:



And yes they are much faster than home machines.
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I have an industrial setter and straight stitch machine. I love them both <3

I have ancient singers and they rock my world. Like from the 70 's but they are indestructible. I'm pretty sure I will pass them on to my kids. They do take up space though, each table is about 2'x4'. Make sure you get machines with single phase motors if you go that route. I doubt your hubby would want to re-wire the house
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Well they usually come with their own table. Its not incredibly huge or anything.

Here's a pic of mines to give you a visual:

And yes they are much faster than home machines.
You can injure yourself easily! Be careful! They zip zip zip. Even thru fingers!
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Eek! I think I'm just going to go with an older style workhorse. Lol space is definitely an issue for us too, so not sure if we could make an industrial machine work.
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You can injure yourself easily! Be careful! They zip zip zip. Even thru fingers!
Yes, I've seen many girls do this while I was an undergrad. Straight through the nail

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Eek! I think I'm just going to go with an older style workhorse. Lol space is definitely an issue for us too, so not sure if we could make an industrial machine work.
the ones in the pic are 2 industrial put together. I honestly don't think it takes up much more space than having a table with a home machine on top. But since space is an issue I'd recommend a home machine with a desk that has sheving or drawers for storage. Or just use your dining table and whip out the sewing machine when necessary. but since you're trying to start a business that wouldn't be the most idea.
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Ouch!!! So scary. My biggest sewing fear!! Eek!

Definitely going with a sturdy work horse. That way I can use a small table or take it out/in whenever I need. I'm going to be sewing cloth pads so I don't need a lot of table space.

Any other suggestions other than the Viking or Juki?
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Re: Buying a workhorse/industrial sewing machine.

You might consider a semi-industrial.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

Most home machines sew around 800 stitches per minute, give or take.
Semi industrials are around 1500 spm.
Industrials are 4000 - 5000 spm.

If you want multiple stitches in the same machine, you'll have to go with a home machine. I have a Brother PC-420 that I use for some of my stuff (WAHM, etsy shop) that does what I want really nicely. But, for hard use, an industrial is worth it if you have the room.
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