Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine 2017

Are you looking for a machine than can handle anything you throw at it? From layers of denim to hard canvas, your average sewing machine can struggle with such difficult fabrics.

Read on to discover my top choices for the best heavy duty sewing machine.

Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine: Quick Overview

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Why would you want a good heavy duty sewing machine?

An important distinction to make is that heavy-duty does not automatically mean commercial standard. Heavy-duty generally refers to the machines ability to sew or quilt heavier fabrics.

Lighter machines can struggle with layered denim or canvas even with the required needles, and motor burn out can occur if you frequently use your machine for heavy work.

If you spend a lot of time working with heavier fabrics an investment into a heavy duty sewing machine is a wise and frankly necessary choice.

Review time

A quick online search will show you that however many standard machines are out there, there is a heavy duty version to match.

So which one should you buy, which machine is the best one? I’ve reviewed my 3 favorite heavy duty sewing machines to help you decide 🙂

Singer 4423

As you would expect, a Singer makes the top three list. As with all their machines, build quality is second to none, this is one machine that won’t be burning out after a tough day at the office. You can tell just by looking at it, that this machine is one tough piece of equipment.

Heavy duty isn’t just a tagline. The 4423 is built from the ground up with hard wearing components that will last for years. A heavy-duty metal frame and stainless steel bedplate ensures skip-free sewing and incredible durability even in the harshest of commercial environments.

With lighter machines, sure you can change a needle to sew those tougher outdoor garments or layers of denim, but after awhile your motor will start to suffer. The Singer 4423 features a powerful motor that is up to 60% stronger than its lighter cousins.

You may be forgiven in thinking that all this talk about heavy-duty and hardwearing means that this machine can’t tackle lighter work. Well now is the time for me to set you straight. The 4423 is a versatile machine that easily carries out fine-detail work and can sew even the lightest of fabrics.

This fantastic Singer machine comes with all the features you would expect from any high-end machine. From its easy threading system to tons of built-in stitches it can handle any job you decide to undertake.

Just to top off all these fine features this machine can sew at the breakneck speed of 1100 stitches per-minute, meaning it easily holds its own against any commercial machine.

All-in-all another great machine by Singer and a fantastic choice for anybody needing a heavy duty sewing machine.

What’s Great:

  • Heavy-duty metal frame.
  • Stainless steel bed plate.
  • Powerful motor up to 60% more powerful than other singer models.
  • 1,100 stitches per minute.
  • 23 built-in stitches.
  • Easy threading system.
  • Automatic needle threader.
  • Easy to load bobbin system.
  • Fully automatic one-step buttonhole sewing.
  • Large selection of included accessories.

What’s Not:

  • Included instructions are not very clear.
Lowest price for: Singer 4423

Brother ST371HD

Another manufacturer that features prominently on my website is Brother, and for good reason too. Brother knows how to make an excellent sewing machine, I have owned many Brother machines over the years, I am still to find a bad word to say about them.

If you’re looking for a machine that can handle tough sewing projects as well as everyday sewing, the Brother ST371HD could be just what you are looking for. Its heavyweight frame and various heavy duty accessories make light work of even the most demanding tasks.

Designed to be versatile this brilliant machine can handle anything you decide to throw at it. Sewing multiple layers of denim? No problem. Need to hem those thick outdoor canvas pants? Again, no problem.

The heavy metal needle plate ensures smooth fabric feeding, while the machines weight means it will stay stable even while pushing the heaviest of fabrics.

If lighter work is more your forte the Brother does not let you down. More than capable of fine detail and working on fabrics such as light silk, the ST371HD is a true all-in-one solution to your sewing needs.

Even though everything on this machine is designed to be harder wearing this doesn’t mean Brother has forgotten to include the basics. With over 30 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader and a brightly lit work area, all the features you have come to expect from a machine by brother are accounted for.

What’s Great:

  • Heavy metal frame.
  • Steel needle plate.
  • Metal thread hook.
  • Designed to tackle heavy fabrics with ease.
  • Automatic needle threading.
  • 37 built-in stitches.
  • Easy stitch selector.
  • Spring action zigzag foot for thick seams.
  • Includes 6 quick-change sewing feet.
  • LED lit work area.

What’s Not:

  • Machine does not have a binding stitch included.
  • Heavy weight means transport can be difficult.
Lowest price for: Brother ST371HD

Janome HD1000

You don’t often see Janome products on my recommended lists. This isn’t because they aren’t great machines, they are. It is simply they are often too expensive for the casual hobbyist.

The Janome HD1000 however, is an affordable and solid choice, a great machine.

The cast aluminum frame means that this machine can handle any workplace environment and is built to last. Not only is the interior frame all metal but the outer body as well. This creates an incredibly sturdy machine but don’t make the weight prohibitive for a home user.

Its powerful 1.0amp motor ensures that sewing through the toughest of fabrics, no matter how many layers, is as easy as sewing through silk. Not only that, but a stronger motor means less chance of a burn out and a longer lifetime for your machine.

The HD1000 is a great choice for quilters, its oversize throat area allows it to tackle the thickest of quilts and a drop feed means free motion quilting is accessible by the drop of a lever.

As with all of the machines on my list, the Janome HD1000 comes full featured with all you need for everyday sewing. Adjustable width and length stitches, removable free arm and 3-piece dog feed system allows you to make the HD1000 your goto device.

From its great selection of built-in stitches to other quality of life features such as an auto needle threader this great machine is a fantastic addition to your sewing hardware. I love this machine from its wonderful sleek design to its simple hard-sided cover Janome have thought of everything.

What’s Great:

  • Aluminum interior frame and body.
  • Metal needle plate.
  • Powerful 1.0 amp motor.
  • 14 built-in stitches
  • Automatic needle threader.
  • Oversize throat area.
  • Drop feed allows for free motion sewing.
  • Adjustable width and length stitching.
  • Removable free arm.
  • Hard sided cover for extra protection during transport.

What’s Not:

  • Customer service centers not as widespread as the other two large brands.
  • Bobbin case is not drop in and can be fiddly.
Lowest price for: Janome HD1000

Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine: Final Thoughts

Often in my final thoughts I will recommend to you my favourite machine on the list. This time however, I’m not going to do that. All three of these machines are excellent choices and I have first hand operating experience on all of them.

When choosing a machine for working on the heaviest of fabrics it is important to select the machine that excels in the field most relevant to you.

All three of these machines are incredibly hardwearing and their durability is not in question. It is up to you to select the machine that includes the sewing features that you require.