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Looking for a heavy duty household sewing machine?

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine supplier. Does your household sewing machine seem to conk out in less than 2 or 3 years? Are you constantly taking your machine in to get it “serviced”, and then getting a $95 dollar invoice for the “repair” work? Most sewing machines today are just are not manufactured like they used to be. Older generation sewing machines were built with all metal gears and heavy duty cast iron body casting. Take a look at your current machine- are these parts plastic? Most likely your answer is yes. Well, the good news is…there are still …

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canvas sewing machine

How to Sew Marine Canvas | TuffSew

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine supplier. Here at TuffSew we get many questions about “How do I sew Marine Canvas?” First of all, what is marine canvas? It’s really a phrase that encompasses dozens of materials such as acrylics, polyesters, and many coated meshes used in the outdoors. These materials are usually resistant to water and also resistant to harmful UV rays. You’ll see marine canvas applications used in awnings, tarps, boating materials, tenting materials and many more. Now let’s go over some tips and important things to remember when sewing marine canvas.
Let’s start with the tools you’ll need …

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TuffSew Sewing Leather

How to Sew Leather with a Heavy Duty Industrial Sewing Machine

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine supplier. So, you have decided to start sewing leather. Here at TuffSew, we get one or two questions a day regarding sewing leather. The most important question to ask yourself is “what sewing machine am I going to use?” Let’s say you have a regular household sewing machine that you plan on using for this leather project. Will it sew your new leather project? The answer is maybe. There are many variables you need to be aware of.
First, your household sewing machine takes a maximum needle size of 19. Will this handle some …

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upholstery sewing machine

How to use a Heavy Duty Walking Foot Sewing Machine for Upholstery Fabric

The myth is over. Sewing upholstery is no different than sewing regular fabrics. The only difference is with the equipment and consumables you will use to tackle your thick upholstery projects. Thicker upholstery fabrics require you to use heavy duty walking foot sewing machines equipped with thicker thread such as 69 nylon bonded thread.
Why? Heavier material needs to be held together by heavier thread and stronger stitches. You will also need industrial grade sewing needles when working with upholstery. Normal needles will bend or break when trying to penetrate upholstery. Make sure and use sharp scissors to cut through your …

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How to Sew Thick Material and Multiple Layers by TuffSew

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine supplier. Whether you sew because it’s your hobby or your livelihood, it’s important to continue to learn different concepts and techniques along the way. Sewing begins to be a challenge when you decide to start tackling multiple layers of material underneath your presser foot. After reading this article, you should be better suited to handle situations when you must sew thick materials.
First you need to ask yourself “What type of sewing machine am I working with?” This is extremely important because every sewing machine has its limitations. If you are using a regular …

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built in walking foot

What is a Built-In Walking Foot Sewing Machine

Tuffsew here, your Heavy Duty Sewing Machine supplier. So your passion for sewing plus some newfound free time got you thinking. “I’m going to start a business sewing up some cowhide to make cases for the new iPad.” Or “I love animals-so why don’t I make some unique dog collars.” Then I’m going to sell three of these a day on my website. So you went down to the leather shop and picked out the material. You arrived back home, took out your household sewing machine and started your dream-home business.
However you immediately run into a huge problem! You kept bending and …

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