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    I am looking a some industrial machines for leather bags light soft leather nothing heavy my domestic machine hates leather. So some questions are do I need a walking foot or will a regular industrial do fine juki ddl-8700 also the juki ddl 5550n plan to upgrade motor to the sevo motor will these machines sew leather bags ?


    Thanks Belle


    A walking foot is a necessity, when thinking about sewing leather. As for the machine which ever one meets your needs.



    I would like to explore getting a walking foot machine for sewing leather.  My understanding is that a cylinder machine is needed for sewing items with curves (like curvy handbags).  How does one go about shopping for a ‘used’ industrial walking foot machine?  Any help would be appreciated.



    Before I landed here, I spent months researching on leather forums to research from people that love to work with leather and what their favorite machines were. I also spent months looking on craigslist local and craigslist search. I found a brand new econsew walking foot machine this way, for 350.00 because a son was selling it for her mother, who wanted to get into making bags but gave up. When I got it the tension on the bottom was full of thread and it was jammed. Thankfully a friend who worked in upholstery helped to tweak it and I’m still trying to find feet for it. I’ve been told it’s discontinued but I think that cannot be. I need to add a servo motor because it is a speed freak. I found a old singer post bed the same way that a redwing shoe employee was selling. I got that for 450.00. This is really unheard of. Hence shopping for months. If you don’t mind looking online for a few minutes a day, you can find a really good deal but also. I have put money into these machines to get them working and set up, but to me it is worth it. My cylinder sewing machine I bought from Steve at Leather machine co. He is great. I am making my last payment this month and it comes with a dvd, and the support is there. There are many videos online also. It is a class 4, it comes with a table to make it a flat bed also. I bought all the feet for it also. It is a steep learning curve learning these machines for me. My Christmas gift from my husband was to get some lessons for my new machine and hand sewing etc. It comes down to support in my opinion because industrials hold their value. If you have a repair person lined up or know someone or are handy you can explore used online and get a very good deal. For my class 4 I wanted a package deal with other things I needed and I wanted support. If I need my machines fixed right now its a four hour drive with the machine! Happy hunting and I hope this helps. I know you can start smaller, and maybe someone else has a story that works better also.


    Thank you so much for this valuable information!


    Janelle, this would be worth reading

    The main consideration in choosing a machine is what type of material you want to sew. A machine that can do thick leather won’t be the best machine for thin leather and fabric.

    A cylinder machine is very useful in bag making. If you can only have one machine a cylinder with an optional flat bed is a must. Also a servo motor and a speed reducer would be helpful.


    You can also look at a machine that is a flatbed and cylinder combination too.


    Thanks so much Chuck!

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