Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machines (Updated July 2018)

best heavy duty sewing machine

Sewing with strong and heavy fabrics like leather, denim, and fabrics meant for slipcovers and draperies,and also upholstery projects,mean you will need   for  powerfull and durable sewing machines that are purposely built for the job. As you advance to more complex projects, you might want to consider a heavy duty machine of good quality.

Below, I have selected some of the best heavy duty sewing machines you should consider adding to your collection. However, it is very important to first ask yourself whether you really need one of these or a simple machine is going to fit for all of your sewing projects.

The issue as to whether you should buy one is fully dependent on the range of your sewing needs and projects. Have a look!

Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Comparison Table

The Sailrite Heavy-Duty Ultrafeed LSZ-1 is the ultimate in heavy duty sewing. It is designed for sewing thick materials like Sails, and will therefore handle nearly any kind of material you can imagine. It can handle up to 10 layers of heavy canvas and 8 layers of Dacron.

If you have some serious projects for tough jobs, including things like banners, sails, or other heavy materials, than this one will get it done. With the package you will receive the machine, 4 bobbins, 4 #20 needles, a tool kit, guidebook, and ultra fast setup, use & maintenance DVD.

Whether you are more a hobbyist or professional, you need a heavy duty machine which can perform some of the tricks your regular machine won't. This machine comes fully equipped with 18 built-in stitches to choose from. 

The machine comes with an adjustable foot presser, an automatic needle threader, a very handy reverse stitch lever and also an automatic one-step buttonhole.

It weight just 24 pounds making it one of the lightest machines in its category. It perfectly fits in the category of the best heavy duty sewing machines

The Singer 4452 is one of the best sewing machines for leather. It is the perfect machine for leather apparel, though it is limited to 2 layers of 4-5 oz. Still it will more than likely handle most sewists projects. 

Some features this machine has are a stronger than standard motor, snap on presser feet, Extra High presser foot lifter, and even automatic reverse.

Additionally it has 32 built in stitches: 6 basic, 7 stretch stitches, 18 decorative stitches, and 1 buttonhole. It has a max stitching rate of 1,100 stitches per minute.

The Toyota Super Jeans JS34 is by far the best sewing machine for jeans. I mean, it's even in the name. This sewing machine will handle up to 12 layers of denim, which is probably way more than you will ever require.

Just like their cars, Toyota builds a reliable machine here which you will be able to depend on. Some features of the JS34 are 34 built in stitches, including: Utility, stretch, blind hem, decorative, oblique, and overlock stitches.

It also has an automatic needle threader, foot pressure adjustment, and features a free arm. This deal also comes with a number of useful accessories to make any sewing project easy.

The Brother ST371HD is another solid candidate for any heavy duty sewing project. It features a metal needle plate, sturdy metal chassis to keep it from bouncing around with intense use, and is easy to store.

Included are 37 unique built in stitches, a #16 heavy weight needle, perfect for denim, canvas, and duck cloth. Additionally it also includes a #11 & 14 needle to handle layer projects and of course every day needs.

Finally you also have a free arm for sleeves, an easy threading system with automatic threader, and a jam resistant quick set bobbin.


When you go out looking for a heavy duty sewing machine, you should not just make the decision blindly. Take into consideration what you need it for currently and what you may need it for in the near future. If you have  tough projects, the Sailrite LSZ-1 is your best option. It has a higher price, but then of course you get a more durable product. If you are looking for a great all around machine, then you can't go wrong with the Singer 4452.

Which one did you pick? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hannah Stitch

Hannah is a crafts enthusiast with a passion for sewing and creating cool things. She has a huge interest in fashion and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

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