How to Sew Neoprene

How to Sew Neoprene Fabric

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine manufacturer! So you want to learn how to sew neoprene fabric? 
Or maybe you just want to learn a little more about the spongy material. Whatever your reason, you’ve found the right article.
Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber material which is normally sandwiched between polyester fabric.
It holds it’s shape very well under high and low temperatures. It’s also a flexible material, which is why many garment manufacturers are starting to use it.
Some of the neoprene sewing applications we see include laptop or tablet sleeves, mouse pads, wetsuits & other garments, beverage insulators, …

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How Can an Industrial Portable Sewing Machine Benefit You ?

Tuffsew here, your heavy duty sewing machine manufacturer. Is portability something that is important to you with your next sewing machine purchase? Do you need a machine that is more powerful (for sewing thicker/coarser materials) than a regular household sewing machine? If yes, our TuffSew Straight Stitch Industrial Portable Sewing Machine may be right for you!
Why is this sewing machine a great choice for your next heavy duty sewing project? Well, here is the TOP 5 Reasons:
 
5) Portability!
Our TuffSew Straight Stitch machine comes equipped with a motor that is built onto the back of the machine. Regular industrial sewing machines …

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The Top 5 Reasons Purchase a Portable Industrial Sewing Machine

Tuffsew here, your heavy duty sewing machine manufacturer. Are you looking for an upgrade to your household or heavy duty sewing machine? In this article you will learn the top 5 reasons why you should consider purchasing a portable industrial sewing machine. And here are the reasons:
Power and Strength! You get the power of an industrial sewing machine and the versatility of a household sewing machine. You won’t need a table and a mounted motor. This portable walking foot industrial sewing machine will sit on any flat surface and the motor is attached to the backside of the machine. This …

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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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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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What Tools Do I Need to Sew Canvas for Boating Projects

Before you start diving into do-it-yourself canvas sewing work on your boat- you need to make sure you have all the right tools for the job. You are going to need a heavy duty sewing machine, some thick needles, some thread, a good pair of scissors, and material. You don’t need to be alarmed and go buy a $1,200 dollar sewing machine. A simple walking foot sewing machine with a built in motor will do.
We recommend our TuffSew Straight Stitch 9” heavy duty walking foot sewing machine for all of your sewing projects. There are two different size TuffSew Straight …

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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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Using a Heavy Duty Walking Foot Sewing Machine for Thick Fabrics

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine supplier. Whether you are a sailor, upholster, or leather shop owner- it’s important that you understand the importance of using the right sewing machine for your heavy duty projects. One example is a sailor and his or her understanding that most new boats are going to need a ton of canvas or brightwork done over the years.
It’s important for you to use a quality walking foot sewing machine that is easy to use, reasonably priced, durable, rugged, dependable, and has years of success. Here are the most important benefits to a walking foot …

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Seven Important Tips when Sewing Leather by TuffSew

TuffSew here, your heavy duty sewing machine supplier. Sewing with leather can be very difficult and unforgiving if you make any mistakes. Many people ask us for sewing tips when working with leather products. Here are seven basic suggestions which will help you when sewing a type of material unlike any other.
 
7 Tips When Sewing Leather
1)      Make sure and examine your leather before you actually mark out your pattern. Sometimes there may be a small hole or slight imperfection in the hide. You certainly do not want to get to the end of your project and then see a small …

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When to Purchase a Household Sewing Machine by TuffSew

So you are looking to purchase a new sewing machine. You realize that there are industrial machines, walking foot sewing machines, standard household sewing machines, industrial strength sewing machines (still household), and compact sewing machines on the market. Let’s take a deep breath together- it is ok to be confused and overwhelmed. No matter which machine you decide to purchase, there are a couple of universals you want to find on your next machine.
You want to make sure your new machine is durable and built to last. You want to make sure you purchase a sewing machine with ALL METAL …

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7 Steps to Threading your TuffSew Industrial Walking Foot Straight Stitch Sewing Machine

Tuffsew here, your heavy duty sewing machine manufacturer. So you got yourself a TuffSew Straight Stitch…or perhaps another type of portable industrial walking foot sewing machine. Now you are wondering how you are going to thread your new beast of a sewing machine.
You’ll notice when you first receive your TuffSew Straight Stitch that it will be all threaded and ready to go. But what happens 2 weeks later when you want to change the thread color? Now it’s time to do it yourself. But don’t worry, we have the steps right here…along we a handy video.
Steps to Threading Your TuffSew …

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How to Maintain Your Portable Walking Foot Straight Stitch Sewing Machine by TuffSew

So you just purchased a walking foot sewing machine, maybe even our TuffSew Straight Stitch. Congratulations!!  If you did in fact order our TuffSew Straight Stitch, you will notice that your machine will be all stitched in, ready to go upon arrival. The tension is set, the needle is placed, and a sample material has been sewn already. So you crank out all your initial sewing projects- but now might be wondering “how do I maintain this machine now?”
The first item we’d like to discuss is oiling the machine. This TuffSew Straight Stitch machine is a portable walking foot sewing …

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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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Creating A Second Income By TuffSew

TuffSew here, your Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Supplier. Currently it’s November 1st 2011. There are 14 million unemployed Americans- as our country is facing a 9.1% unemployment rate. Many of the 90.9% of us lucky enough to have a job have seen waves of wage reductions, slashed hours, or cut commissions. What does a person do? First a person must ask themselves: what skills do I have to make a second income? Well I remember taking sewing classes and I know how to run and promote a business.
At TuffSew – we get questions and inquiries coming from small business owners around …

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