Oh, this post is long time coming… Yes, it`s sad but the love is gone… We fight all the time now… I yell at her… Things are bad… I can`t take it any more… YES, I`M BUYING A NEW SEWING MACHINE!!!
Ha, ha, had you fooled! Well the yelling and arguing with my machine part is true, as crazy as it sounds. But this is not a spur-of-the-moment purchase: I really do need a new sewing machine. I have a home sewing machine which is fine for most (or all) home sewing jobs. I actually have one of the better, if not the best, home sewing machines you can buy these days, a Janome 6600 professional (don`t mean to dish on your home sewing machine if you have a different brand or model: if you are happy with it then that`s the only thing that matters). I`m deliberately emphasizing the term “home sewing machine” because it’s important for the topic of this post (you`ll see 🙂 ). Ok, the word “home sewing machine” is annoyingly long, so let me just make this into an abbreviation h. s. machine from now on. But back to my need for a new machine: I need an industrial sewing machine. Why do I need a new machine when my h. s. machine is so good? The thing is that I really really want to sew handbags, and every time I start to do that with my machine… Well I sew the bag in the end, but the details are just not satisfactory. Trying to get an even distance from the stitch line to the edge on heavy materials (and overlapping heavy materials) is next to impossible. Sewing all of the hard to reach nooks and crannies of a handbag on my flat bed sewing machine is a nightmare! The size of the stitches on very heavy materials, it`s a lottery- they get uneven. I haven`t even gotten to the part that I want to sew leather. And I`m back to my earlier statement: for most home sewing this machine is great, that`s what it was designed to do in the first place. But for a very specific task of sewing leather handbag it is simply not good. Well, I knew when I bought it that it won`t be able to sew leather, that was clearly stated in its specifications…
In the end it all depends on what you want to sew, and I want to take my sewing to the next level: that magical and elusive commercial level. Here`s a bit where you should hear the shimmering of magic dust, no- you don`t hear it ;-)? – Oh, best to get on with the story… So I`m trying to fulfill my long time dream to actually earn something with my creativity; come to think of it- is it really my husband’s dream that I finally get a job 😉 !!!! Just kidding he is very supportive of my many, many, many hobbies.
And what`s the deal with industrial sewing machines and h. s. machines you might ask, what`s the difference? My h. s. machine even has that reassuring “professional” term stuck with its name. Did you notice how they are putting that “professional” term on more and more appliances? Like that`s automatically going to make them better 🙂 !!! The h. s. machine has many functions where the industrial has just one. But that one function the industrial machine does better than any other h. s. machine. I want to sew (real) leather, so I am buying the best machine to do just that. Actually I should buy a gazillion industrial machines just to sew leather handbags. Ok, not a gazillion but a few more: I am buying a cylinder bed lockstitch machine with unison feed, but I could use a post bed roller feed sewing machine and a machine for thinning leather, and a machine to press it out… And so on and on… You get the idea. This one machine will have to do for now… 😉
To sum it up: in commercial sewing you are fractioning the process of sewing an item to all this little bits- and each bit is sewn with a different industrial sewing machine that is best for that particular sewing job. Think of Henry Ford`s assembly line. Of course industrial machines are very robust so they can withstand working `round the clock. And in the end they are expensive when you sum up all of the machines you need to sew just one item. Actually I came to the conclusion that the more unique and specific function they sew the higher the price. But that`s my rough estimation.
All this aside, I am so excited and can`t wait for this brand new machine to come… Oh I hope that my next post will be about a new leather hand bag that I sewed!!! What the heck, even if the next post turns out to be a “sewing with leather disaster” who cares, I just want the machine to come so I can start sewing!!!