The best heavy duty sewing machines are built to handle larger projects that require more layers of fabric or thicker, weighty material – like upholstery. These kinds of projects will normally cause a regular one to move or stall while sewing or they may even tip over. If you are looking for something that can sew through denim, leather or upholstery then you really do need one that can handle the weight and drag of larger, heavier fabrics.
One of the most important characteristics for you to consider is the machine’s weight. You want to make sure that the model you choose weighs at least 10 pounds. Lots of these even weigh as much as 20 pounds. This of course means they aren’t as portable, but they will be able to handle the larger projects without tipping, stalling or bouncing around.
You always have to take into account the usability, portability, durability, versatility and other factors when trying to buy a heavy duty sewing machine that will last you for a long time. The reason why is that your need now might be different a few months or years from now, so take the other aspects as well when you’re looking to buy a long term product like these ones that we will be reviewing for you in a little bit. What we would suggest to you guys is to list down your needs on a piece of paper and find out which one of these heavy duty sewing machines will fit your needs perfectly or at least the closest one of the bunch. So, have fun reviewing these best ones we have listed down below to help you! And, if you want to know more about what to look for when buying a heavy duty sewing machine, go here.
If you plan on using your’s often for projects with thicker (i.e. leather) or many layers of fabrics then you should try and buy a machine that is close to or above 20 pounds. The heavier it is the more sturdy and stable it is on your work table and the easier it will be to work with. This is especially important if you plan on doing any machine quilting.
Below you will find the three heavy duty sewing machines that I recommend in 2016.
Janome HD3000 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
Weight: 24.4 pounds
The Janome HD3000 is a step above the Janome HD1000 (found below) in weight and in performance. For an extra $50 you will be getting the ultimate product for use in your most ambitious projects. Some of the features included are:
- 18 built-in stitches
- 1 automatic 1-step buttonhole
- Auto-needle threader
- Reverse stitch lever
- Foot presser adjustment
- Hard storage case
- Solid metal body
If you don’t need a computerized machine or hundreds of stitches this is a great choice even for a beginner. You will be able to accomplish any project (including upholstery or leather) no matter how thick the layers of fabric are. I have used this to sew through 7 layers of upholstery fabric and it flew through it like it was 1 layer. The durability and quality of performance of this product is outstanding.
If you end up purchasing the HD3000, it could very well be the last one you ever have to purchase. It is a perfect all-round home sewing machine that performs all tasks flawlessly and doesn’t break the bank.
Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Extra-High Sewing Speed Machine
A less expensive option (around $150) you can buy this terrific Singer heavy duty sewing machine. Like other Singer models, the Singer 4423 has been one of the top selling models on Amazon for years. This is because it is inexpensive, does a great job of every day sewing tasks and has the perfect amount of features for the at-home seamstress.
- an interior solid metal frame
- 1,100 stitches per minute sewing speed
- 1 automatic 4 step buttonhole
- 23 built-in stitches
- Easy-load drop-in bobbin system
- Easy to use auto needle threader
- Plus many accessories
One thing that I liked about this product was the design and usage of it is very clear and straightforward. The stitch selection is really good and it does a really nice job with all of the basic stitches. I have seen machines perform better with decorative ones, but the Singer 4423 still did a decent job with them. This isn’t really a big deal as most people don’t use decorative stitches very often anyways.
When testing with multiple layers of cotton it performed really well for the price. The layers and needle fed through nicely and the results were nice. However, when moving to heavier fabrics, like denim, this product didn’t perform as well. It had more trouble feeding the fabric through and it wasn’t strong enough for my liking to do the job properly.
If you want one to use in your home for day-to-day sewing projects and aren’t going to be working with many thick, weighty fabrics, then the Singer 4423 is a perfect choice. Singer sewing machines are really good for the hobbyist who aren’t going to be putting their’s through a lot of hours of wear and tear. However, if you plan on using a it for a small business or more demanding projects, then you should seriously consider one of the Janome heavy duty models reviewed on this page.
The Singer 4411 – Great for Leather
The Singer 4411 is another Singer model that that is around the same price and performs exactly the same as the one above. One of the distinguising qualities it has is that it’s great for sewing leather. I had an easy time fixing my husband’s leather work boots with this product. It looks slightly different and has less built-in stitches (11). If you were choosing between the 4423 and 4411 I would pick the 4423 because it has more features.
Janome HD1000 – Great for Upholstery
Best Value/Performance choice
Weight: 22.5 pounds
Weighing at over 20 pounds the Janome HD1000 is built to handle big sewing upholstery projects with ease. If you are going to use it a lot, but don’t want to break the bank then this machine is an excellent choice. It includes:
- 14 built-in stitches
- 1 automatic 1-step buttonhole
- Free arm for sewing collars, pants, etc.
- Auto-needle threader
- Durable aluminum body
- plus more!
This thing will handle anything that you throw at it. I have tried leather, layers of denim, you name it, it can do it. It is a true work-horse and the results are outstanding. For under $300 this is an outstanding buy in this category. I was very impressed with the sewing speed, stitch quality and even the quiet way it went about its work. This product is built to last with a rare aluminum frame that has that classic sewing machine look and feel.
Final Verdict – Which One is Right For You?
Here are a few things to consider before choosing one of these on this list. The following should help you to narrow down your choice:
- If you are a beginner, are looking for an inexpensive heavy product and don’t plan on doing too much layering, then look no further than the Singer 4423. It has excellent reviews, is inexpensive and does the job well on all kinds of fabric.
- If you want it for more demanding projects and you are going to use it often or need to tackle upholstery jobs, then the Janome HD1000 may fit your needs better.
- However, if you are planning on working with very thick and dense material then you should definitely consider choosing the Janome HD3000 model. Even if you are unsure if you will be working on those types of projects the HD3000 isn’t much more expensive than the HD1000. If you don’t have to save the extra few dollars, then this one is really an easy choice to make.
All these models that we have reviewed on this page were all personally tested by us. The things that we have accounted for the review are; price, usability, features, specifications, durability and comfortability when using the model. So, having said all that, these models are our favorite ones out of the bunch (which was A LOT). If you are looking to do heavy duty jobs then these are your go-to models, they are reliable and will get the job done perfectly regardless of your needs.