Filtered list of the best 6 heavy duty sewing machines you can get in United States.
Heavy duty sewing machines are in high demand in U.S. There is a reason to it. Heavy duty sewing machines are much more durable than computerized or electronic sewing machines. Heavy duty machines last longer as there is no LCD screen to stop functioning or any software to malfunction. Nowadays sewing machines are made of plastic, unlike machines of the good old days which used to last for more than 25 years. Now, you will barely see a sewing machine that last more than 10 years. There is a huge question mark over the durability of new generation sewing machines. That is exactly where the need for a heavy duty sewing machine comes. Surveys conducted among sewers in U.S reveal that their heavy duty machines tend to last 4 times more than computerized ones. Another huge advantage of heavy duty machines are that, they are capable of sewing through hard stuffs quite easily. Computerized sewing machines struggle with multiple layers of denim or hard leather.
In our list of Top 6 Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machines In U.S, we have omitted couple of heavy duty machines that didn’t meet the quality standards we were looking for.
6. Singer 4411
Singer 4411 is a member of Singer’s heavy duty machine family, which include 4 machines.This is the least expensive heavy duty sewing machine available in U.S. Being the least expensive machine, you will have to keep your expectation levels quite low. As it is a low cost sewing machine, you won’t get any advanced features like 1-step buttonhole or automatic needle threader. 4411 comes with 11 built-in stitches.
Pros : Low price is the biggest selling point of this machine. It has some nice features like top drop-in bobbin, extra high presser foot lifter etc. Adjustable presser foot pressure is another useful feature.
Cons : Singer has made some sacrifices on this machine to bring the cost down. It is not all heavy duty, there are some plastic parts.
5. Singer 4432
4432 is another step ahead from the previous machine. The only difference between this one and the Singer 4423 (the machine that ranks 3rd in this list) is that, 4432 has 32 built-in stitches. So the choice between 4432 and 4423 comes down to the extra 9 stitches that 4432 has. What 4432 has in extra when compared to Singer 4423 are
- 3 additional stretch stitches
- 6 additional decorative stitches
If you take out the stitch numbers out of the equation, both machines are exactly the same. So there is no point in discussing the pros and cons. Personally speaking, I don’t feel it is worth spending few dollars more for just 9 additional stitches. You can get all the basic stitches you need with 4423. So I think, 4423 will be a better option.
4. Singer 5532
The interesting thing is that 5532 is exactly the same as 4432 except for the price. Currently there is a few dollars price difference between 4432 and 5532, with 5532 being the more expensive. When you compare the features side by side I see no difference in features. Singer has done a poor job in pricing. Singer must have provided some distinctive features for the higher price. Not really impressed.
3. Singer 4423
4423 is slightly more advanced in features than the 4411. It is the second least expensive heavy duty sewing machine you can get in America. It comes with 23 built-in stitches. Even though the price is on the lower side, it still is one of the best heavy duty sewing machines for beginners. Out of the 4 Singer heavy duty machines, this is the best seller because of the affordability and advanced features.
Pros : The machine is very much affordable. It has a premium look to it. Advanced features like 1-step buttonhole and automatic needle threader are available. Strong motor capable of delivering 1,100 stitches/min is another highlight. The machine sews some nice stitches.
Cons : The machine seems to struggle with multiple layers of denim (8 plus). So you can’t quite say that it is good for heavy duty fabrics.
2. Janome HD1000
This is the second best heavy duty sewing machine you can get in U.S. I have no words to explain how good this machine is. It sews through anything you throw at it. The quality of stitches are excellent. It comes with 14 built-in stitches. It is 8 pounds heavier than the Singer 4423 and it is more heavy duty. Most parts are metal, wherever Janome used plastic, they used high quality plastic. It is a solid machine. There is nothing cheap about this machine.
Pros : First thing you notice is, this can sew anything. The quality of stitches are commendable. It lives up to its ‘Heavy Duty’ tag.
Cons : It lacks couple of beginners’ features like top drop-in bobbin and 1-step buttonhole. The number of built-in stitches are very less.
1. Janome HD3000
What you don’t get with HD1000 is all present in HD3000. Janome HD3000 is the best heavy duty sewing machine available in U.S. It has 18 built-in stitches. It is also the heaviest of all the machines in this list. The weight will give you some idea about the percentage of metal in this machine. HD3000 is hands down winner among heavy duty sewing machines.
Pros : This machine can take anything. It sews through hard leather and denim like a knife going through butter. From the point of view of a beginner, it has 1-step buttonhole and drop-in bobbin. These features were lacking in HD1000. The stitches come out perfect on this machine. It is a true workhorse.
Cons : The work light is dim. Some may consider this machine as expensive, especially when you consider the number of built-in stitches.
This concludes our list of best heavy duty sewing machines available in U.S. My recommendations will be
- Buy Singer 4423, if you are on a tight budget
- Buy HD3000, if you value quality and ease of use
Apart from 4423, other Singer machines are not highly recommended as the price is very confusing. Also because the features you get are more or less the same.