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Buying Help! Need a machine to sew twill

awall30 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi there,

I’m hoping someone can help. I’ve had a business in the past where I offered customers hockey jerseys complete with lettering and numbering. I lost this business back in ’05 due to the NHL Lockout.

I’m in a new business again, but instead of contracting out a person to sew the names and numbers on the jerseys, I’m looking to purchase a sewing machine to cut down on costs.

The machine needs to be able to sew tackle twill material onto heavyweight mesh jerseys.

Can anyone suggest a machine?

Thanks in advance!



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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    If your machine can handle heavy denim in several layers, it will be able to handle the twill that the banners and numbers are made from. An industrial machine would probably be your best bet, if you can afford one, but a heavy duty sewing machine will do the work. Take samples with you when you try out the machines you are interested in. I have done this kind of sewing on my Bernina, and it worked just fine. I sewed Name Banners, and the numbers on Rugby Jerseys. It is no worse than sewing denim in several layers. Be aware that commercial sewing can void the warranty on home sewing machines, so be careful when talking with the dealers. Cathy

    1. awall30 | | #2

      Thanks for the advice Cathy! Yeah, Sometimes you just want to get it done right the first time, you know? I've known others who went and ended up getting the wrong machine for the job, and basically wasted money!So you say it's best to go in with material I'm going to use, will they allow to test the machine there you figure?Thanks again Cathy!Chris

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        ThreadKoe | | #3

        Yes, sewing machine dealers actually encourage you to try out the machines. Just make sure you try the machine, don't let them just show you all the bells and whistles. There are several threads on this site that deal with shopping for sewing machines, and other resources to compare machines. Go to advanced search. Type in buying sewing machine or something like that, and read through some of the threads that come up. You will find a lot there. Good Luck Cathy

        1. awall30 | | #4

          Great! Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to check that out, and it's good that Sewing machine dealers will let you "try before you buy" cause it's an investment for sure, so it'll have to be the right one!Thanks Cathy!

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            ThreadKoe | | #5

            You are most welcome. Cathy

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            ThreadKoe | | #6

            There is another thread that is discussing this topic as well: http://forums.taunton.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=tp-gatherings&msg=9020.1See what they have to say. Cathy

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