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Top 10 Best Sewing Machines for Denim and Leather 2018

Written by John Adam

Jeans and Denims are very comfortable to wear and is widely used. Ever wanted to make your own pair of jeans and unable to do so because you didn’t have the perfect sewing machine? We spend a lot of money in purchasing those trendy jeans, and some amount will be saved if we could stitch jeans ourselves.

But how do you know what kind of sewing machine will suit the best?

What Are the Things That a Sewing Machine for Jeans Possess?

  • Budget: You need to fix the budget first. If it is limited, it would be unnecessary to look for high-quality machines. You can also look for second-hand machines at some trustable retailer shop rather than getting fancy plastic materials because they won’t last long.
  • Stitches: The two most necessary stitches are the straight and zig-zag one. There are more than 200 stitches available but hardly used frequently. So, if the budget is limited, it wouldn’t be a smart move to get a machine with 200 stitches. Rather get a durable one with less number of stitches.
  • Stitch Length: Not all machines provide options to vary stitch length. For any new designs, you may set to the long lengths and for tight stitches go for small lengths. When you have to do the edges and appliqué, you may need to adjust the length. Janome 2032 is a cheap machine which also provides variable stitches.
  • Attachments Available: To make clothes, you would need a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot as an attachment. Similarly, for quilts, a ¼” foot or walking foot helps in patchwork. For the freehand quilt, a freehand embroidery foot is necessary. Even if the attachments are not available with it, make sure you can buy them separately at lower prices.
  • Motor: The machine is stronger if the motor is heavier. For denims or any upholstery-weight fabrics, you would need a heavy motor to cope up with. A plastic machine wouldn’t be able to deal with heavy fabric materials. A metallic machine like Singer 4411 can almost sew any fabric.
  • Noise: You wouldn’t be willing to sew if the machine keeps making noise. Look for quiet machines rather than the ones that sound like a drilling machine. Janome DC2013 is an example of a quiet machine.
  • Computerized or Mechanical: Computerized ones that have touch screens and programmable techniques for stitching are costly. Mechanical machines, on the other hand, are less heavy even with a stronger motor due to less parts in it, which makes it easy to carry. Computerized machines have stronger motors and power which makes it easier to cope up with heavy fabrics. For limited budget, it would be safe to go for metallic mechanical ones than plastic computerized ones.
  • Leveling Button: General Purpose Foot provides leveling button. When you are sewing multi-layered bottom or side seam jeans, you can press it so that the presser foot lifts up and adjusts the change in thickness of the fabric.

Now let us have a look at the best sewing machines for denims:

TOYOTA Super Jeans J34 - Best Sewing Machine for Canvas

The powerhouse can sew up to twelve layers of denim at a single stroke. The maximum stitch width and length are 5mm and 4mm respectively.

Features:

  1. Six Presser Feet: It has a zipper foot, a zigzag foot, a buttonhole foot, an overcasting foot, a blind hem foot. A special gliding foot is accommodated which is only found in Toyota Machines that helps to sew multiple layers of denims.
  2. Automatic Needle Threader: You can just place the needle on it, and the machine will do the tedious work for you.
  3. Free Arm Convertible: For tight sewing areas like sleeves or pocket linings or any smaller garments like the dress of baby, accessories of doll or some decorative items.
  4. Soft Cover: The soft cover doesn’t let the household dirt settle on the machine when unused.
  5. 34 Built-In Stitches: Triple-reinforced straight, 4-way smocking, a buttonhole, zigzag, applique, blind hem, decorative, utility, stretch and overlock stitches are available.
  6. Four Step Buttonhole: It makes the buttonhole stitch stronger and perfect.
  7. Heavy Fabric: It can sew up to twelve layers of soft 12-ounce denim, nine layers of hard 12-ounce denim or nine layers of soft 14-ounce denim. You can easily glide through the layers.
  8. Drop Feed Capable: When you’re quilting, designing custom, preparing home decor or altering garments drop feed capable is useful.
  9. Accessories Included: Quilting guide, 2 Plastic bobbins, 2 Standard needles, Ball point needle, Buttonhole cutter, Spool cap, Jeans needle, Screw driver for needle plate.

Pros

  • It can stitch over thick layers easily.

Cons

  • It doesn’t work well for Cordura nylon
  • The machine is very light.
  • There is no knee lifting lever.
  • Speed control, the needle stop up/down, thread sensor not available.

TOYOTA Super Jeans J17XL High Speed Sewing Machine

It is manufactured by the Toyota’s Factories. Sewing 12 Layers of denim is no hassle! Even sewing 12 Layers of Soft Denim (12oz) or 9 Layers of Hard Denim (12oz) and 9 Layers of Soft Denim (14oz) can be done easily.

Features:

  1. Automatic Needle Threader: Once you place the needle in it, the machine saves you from eye strain.
  2. The Front Face Plate has a place to store Quick Guide Advisor.
  3. Soft Cover: The soft cover doesn’t let the household dirt settle on the machine when unused.
  4. Automatic Needle Threader: You can just place the needle on it, and the machine will do the tedious work for you.
  5. Free Arm Convertible: For tight sewing areas like sleeves or pocket linings or any smaller garments like the dress of baby, accessories of doll or some decorative items.
  6. Free Arm: You can sew pants, cuffs easily.
  7. 17 Built-In Stitches: You will have to turn stitch selection dial to the selected stitch group and choose the stitch you want to apply.
  8. Accessories: A Gliding Foot, a Zipper Foot, an Overcasting Foot, a Zigzag Foot, a Blind Hem Foot, a Buttonhole Foot, a Soft Cover, a Seam Ripper, a Foot Control.

Pros

  • Unlike the previous one, it works well both on light and thick fabrics.
  • Embroidery Stitches too well for thicker ones.

Cons

  • The automatic threader isn’t visible properly.
  • It is noisy.

Janome DC2014 Full Featured Sewing Machine

It has 50 built-in stitches and LCD stitch selection and stitch width and length of 7mm and 5mm respectively. Three One-Step Buttonholes are available.

Features:

  1. Automatic Needle Threading System with Easy Bobbin Winding.
  2. Built-In Stitches: Stretch stitches, Utility stitches, quilting stitches, Garment stitches, Applique are available.
  3. Presser Feet:
  4. Satin stitch foot: It helps in stitching in the dense zig-zig pattern. While sewing satin or any decorative items, the beveled foot helps in the easy delivery of the thread.
  5. Zipper foot: You can sew zippers using this.
  6. Overedge foot: It wraps the thread around the fabric’s edge so that it doesn’t unravel and helps in overcasting stitch.
  7. Automatic buttonhole foot: The sewing machine has a sensor which helps in making exact size of the buttonhole. At the backside of the foot, there is a slot given for adjusting the button. The sensor helps to make the perfect buttonhole.
  8. Blind hem foot: The center of the foot has a metal guide, and beneath there are three grooves. It helps in blind hemming stitch. Unnecessary slipping is prevented by the grooves.
  9. Even feed foot: Also called walking a foot, it has feed dogs in it for feeding the fabric without shifting. Thus, the problem of under-layers of fabric not coming up properly is eliminated. Top stitching becomes easy due to this.
  10. 1/4″ seam foot: This makes 1/4 inch seam easier.
  11. There is automatic speed controller, needle up and down and drop feed.
  12. Accessories Included: Seam ripper/buttonhole opener, Foot control, Quilter bar, Spool stand, Spool holder (large and small), Power supply cord, Hard cover, Spool pin felt, Additional spool pin, Screwdriver, Lint brush.

Pros

  • It is lightweight and portable.
  • It has solid construction and is durable.
  • The stitch quality is excellent.
  • It has automatic feed system.
  • It is user-friendly.

Cons

  • It is a bit costly.
  • Automatic thread cutter not available.
  • The drop feed mechanism is located at an inconvenient

SINGER 9960 Computerized Sewing and Quilting

This advanced sewing machine is computerized. It has a stainless steel bed plate which enables smooth feeding of the fabric during sewing. It’s dimension: 17″L x 8.25″W x 12″H weighing 18.2 lbs. and is made in China.

Features:

  1. Automatic needle threader: The machine fetches the needle itself, and there is automatic needle cutter, too.
  2. Top drop-in bobbin system makes the set-up easy and quick. Some part of the thread could be kept out of the case that makes it visible.
  3. Stitches: It has 600 built in stitches, and the maximum speed that can be attained is 850 stitches per minute. This helps in fast and efficient sewing.
  4. It has 13 different buttonhole styles. It is designed with automatic one-step buttonholes with five different fonts.
  5. Twin-needle capability: For uniform hemline, two needles can be fed, and the length could be adjusted manually as per requirement.
  6. LCD Screen: It acts as digital information advisor. It also gives audible error warnings which could be deactivated if not necessary. It automatically sets the length and width of the required stitch.
  7. LED Light: It has got bright lights compared to the other sewing machines. You can work even in low-lit areas.
  8. You can remove a part of the table which can help in free-arm sewing.
  9. Adjustable feed dogs help in sewing freely as they can be removed.
  10. It has an electronic auto pilot.

Pros

  • People having problems in legs and hands will also be able to use this as it is not necessary to have the foot
  • The 600 built in stitches helps in sewing any decorative items.
  • The LED bulb lets you work in low light conditions.

Cons

  • It can’t be mounted on a cabinet as it weighs about 25LBS.
  • The needles are not strong enough. You need to have your own for heavy fabrics.
  • Not user-friendly for new comers.
  • The price is a bit high.

Janome HD1000 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

The HD in the name stands for heavy duty. It is very efficient and can work on any fabric without bunching or skipped stitches.

Features:

  1. Stitches: It has 14 inbuilt stitches.
  2. Four Step Buttonhole: It makes the buttonhole stitch stronger and perfect.
  3. Length: It allows 5mm stitch width and 4mm stitch length.
  4. Drop Feed Capable: When you’re quilting, designing custom, preparing home decor or altering garments drop feed capable is useful. It helps in darning, attaching buttons and stippling.
  5. Free Arm Convertible: For tight sewing areas like sleeves or pocket linings or any smaller garments like the dress of baby, accessories of doll or some decorative items. It makes sewing pants, collars, cuffs easier.
  6. There are a front loading hook bobbin and push-pull bobbin winding.
  7. There is a snap on the presser feet.
  8. It is made of Aluminum which makes it last longer.
  9. You need to turn the wheel to set the stitch you want to.
  10. The motor size is 1.0Amp.
  11. Accessories: Bobbins, felt, extra needles, buttonhole ripper, a zipper foot, hemmer foot, two screwdrivers (for servicing the machine), a seam ripper, buttonhole foot, a hem guide, and a soft dust cover.

Pros

  • It has a lot of power.
  • It is user-friendly and simple to use.
  • It is made of metal and is highly durable.
  • The three pieces feed dog helps in the smooth feeding of the fabric.

Cons

  • The drop feed is a bit difficult to adjust.

Janome Magnolia 7318 - Sew Best Denim Sewing patterns

Janome is one of the best manufacturers of sewing machines worldwide. Janome Magnolia 7318 sewing machine is one of the best products for sewing, quilting.

Features:

  1. Stitches: 17 stitches are available on this sewing machine which could be selected using a dial. It also helps in adjusting the length and breadth of the stitch. The maximum stitch length is 4mm.
  2. Four Step Buttonhole: It makes the buttonhole stitch stronger and perfect.
  3. Front-seat reverse lever: It helps in locking the stitches.
  4. Thread tension control: Manual with a thread cutter beneath.
  5. Free Arm Convertible: For tight sewing areas like sleeves or pocket linings or any smaller garments like the dress of baby, accessories of doll or some decorative items. It makes sewing pants, collars, cuffs easier.
  6. Bobbin System: It has a top loading bobbin system with bobbin winder stopper. The bobbin system is jam proof as it has a plastic
  7. Accessories: Janome Muffling Mat, 10 Plastic Janome Bobbins, 1 Pack Size 14 Needles, zipper, sliding buttonhole, and blind hemming feet, needles, bobbins, a brush and a screwdriver, a seam ripper, a felt cushion, a lint brush, both large and small spool holders, an instruction booklet and more.

Pros

  • It is solid and durable.
  • Denims and other heavy fabrics are easily sewed.
  • It is simple and user-friendly.
  • It is budget-friendly.
  • It is not much heavy which makes it transportable.
  • The foot control can be electrically accessed.
  • There is an electric lamp.
  • There is space for accessory storage.

Cons

  • It doesn’t come with any cover.
  • The drop feed is on the backside.

Brother ST371HD - Best sewing Machine for Denim and Leather

The durable, versatile machine can sew high fabrics as well light weight ones. It is 12.21 x 16.10 x 7.87 inches which are quite handy.

Features:

  1. Stitches: It provides us with 37 stitches which include decorative as well as the utility stitches. It has a blind hem stitch, zigzag and stretches stitches for knits. It also has a one-step buttonholer for virtually perfect buttonhole. The maximum speed that can be attained is 80 stitches per minute.
  2. Presser Feet: It comes with six presser feet along with the general one. They include the selection includes a zipper foot (sewing zipper or some cording in cushion), a blind stitch foot, a spring-action zigzag foot (to sew thick seams), a non-stick foot, a buttonhole and button sewing foot.
  3. Automatic Threader: You can just press a lever, and the needle will be threaded.
  4. Bobbin winder: Automatic bobbin winder present on the top of the machine. To prevent any jam or nest of threads there is the plastic
  5. Free Arm: It will help to sew cuffs and baby clothes.
  6. Adjustable feed dogs: Machine darning and free motion quilting become easier.
  7. LED Light: It lights up the table, and it works for thousands of hours, so there is no need of replacing.
  8. Adjustments: You need to turn the dial to adjust the stitch length. The maximum length and width that can be attained in 4mm. The dial on the right side can be rotated to select the required stitch. On the front, there is a visual graphic that shows the stitch and the corresponding stitch numbers.
  9. Accessories: There is three needles They are the #11 (lightweight fabrics), #14 (multiple layers like a quilt) and #16 (thick and heavy weight fabrics) ones. Other materials like extra spool pin, two spool caps, a screwdriver and four bobbins are included.

Pros

  • A lot of stitches available.
  • Bobbin doesn’t get jammed.

Cons

  • It is not very strong like commercial sewing machines.
  • It is heavy enough, and when sewed at high speeds there are ‘walking’ movements that make it difficult to sew.

Singer 4432 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

It is a true workhorse sewing machine. The interior frame is of heavy duty metal. The bedplate is of stainless steel.

Features:

  1. Stitches: It has 32 built in stitches with six basic stitches, seven stretch stitches, 18 decorative stitches and a one-step buttonhole.
  2. The stainless steel bedplate makes it easy to feed fabric.
  3. Automatic needle threader: The machine fetches the needle itself, and there is automatic needle cutter, too.
  4. Top drop-in bobbin system makes the set-up easy and quick. Some part of the thread could be kept out of the case that makes it visible.
  5. Drop Feed Capable: When you’re quilting, designing custom, preparing home decor or altering garments drop feed capable is useful. It helps in darning, attaching buttons and stippling.
  6. Motor: It has 60% heavier weight compared to the rest which makes sewing easier and efficient compared to other motors.

Pros

  • It is user-friendly and can sew denims, canvas.
  • Even layers of nylon could be sewed in one go.

Cons

  • Comparatively fewer features than the above.

SINGER 4411 - Best Denim stitching Machine for Patterns

It has a powerful motor and is a high-speed sewing machine. It can sew up to 1,100 stitches per minute.

Features:

  • Stitches: It has 11 built in stitches which include essential, decorative and stretch ones.
  • Four Step Buttonhole: It makes the buttonhole stitch stronger and perfect.
  • Top drop-in bobbin system makes the set-up easy and quick. Some part of the thread could be kept out of the case that makes it visible. It has got clear cover.
  • It has a high power of about 110 volts.
  • The stainless steel bedplate makes it easy to feed fabric.
  • To keep the machine still during skip free sewing, the interior is of heavy duty metal.
  • It also has adjustable presser foot pressure control.
  • Presser Feat: It has four adjustable presser feet.

They are:

  • All purpose foot- Majorly for sewing projects.
  • Buttonhole foot- For making button holes, slots for the ribbon.
  • Button sewing foot- It is needed to sew buttons.
  • Zipper foot- It adds the zipper, piping, coding,

Pros

  • The presser is easily adjustable, so it sews light to heavy fabrics.
  • The fabric is smoothly fed.

Cons

  • Not all advanced stuff included here.

Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway

This computerized sewing machine 11.45″ x 6.69″ x 16.02″ is perfect for the new comers. It has a back-lit large LCD screen that makes it easy to select the stitch.

Features:

  1. Stitches: There are 100 built in stitches which include 55 alphanumeric stitches for basic monogramming or lettering. It has utility, decorative and heirloom stitches. You can select your own on the LCD screen.
  2. Buttonhole Styles: There are eight styles of 1-step auto size buttonholes. The buttonholes are made simply and in time.
  3. Presser Feet: Buttonhole foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Overcasting foot, Button Sewing foot, Monogramming foot, Blind-stitch foot are the inbuilt feet. You can also purchase other feet for bias tape binding, gathering fabric, invisible zippers.
  4. There is automatic Needle Threading System and Thread Cutter.
  5. Bobbin: Easy Bobbin Winding is available. There is also Drop in Quick Set Bobbin.
  6. Speed: The maximum sewing speed is 850 stitches per minute.
  7. Adjustable length: The length and breadth of stitch are 7mm and 5mm.
  8. Speed Controller: Available along with Automatic Needle Up / Down.
  9. Free Motion: There is drop feed motion available.
  10. Accessories: Oversized wide table for quilting, Accessory pouch with needle set, Ball point needle, Twin needle, Extra spool pin, bobbins (3), Screwdriver, Cleaning brush, Spool pin, Operation Manual, Seam ripper, Power cord, Hard Cover.

Pros

  • Automatic needle threading available.
  • There are a lot of positions for the needles.
  • The alphanumeric font for monogramming.
  • Light weight (9.92 lbs.).
  • A hard cover is given.

Cons

  • Not very much perfect for stitching jeans and denims.

If you are a jeans or denims lover along with having sewing as your passion, then good days are for you. No more you need to spends heavy bucks on buying a pair of denims of your choice. Simply buy any of the above mentioned best sewing machines for denim and jeans in 2017 and be a diva.

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