When working with upholstery, your most valuable piece of equipment will be your heavy-duty sewing machine. If you plan to become a professional upholsterer, you may need to invest in an industrial-strength machine. Having said that, you can get a lot done with a heavy-duty residential sewing machine, as long as you choose wisely, and according to your workload and predilection.

Strength and speed 

You want to have the power to handle heavy-weight fabrics – quickly. Ok, the speed issue may be my impatience projected, but there are few sewists out there who want to take longer than necessary to complete a project!

Compare the power of the motors for a lasting relationship.

Presser foot

Trying to squash through multiple layers of fabric under the presser foot is no fun if you do not have the right equipment. Being able to lift the presser foot height will make this a lot easier. Similarly, having the option to adjust the presser foot pressure to suit your fabric is a godsend when upholstering.

A zipper foot and, occasionally, a buttonhole foot attachment are important for sewing the accessways of your upholstery project. They must be quick and easy to switch out.

Confirm that you will be able to backstitch your seams with a reverse setting.

Needles and bobbins 

Especially when working with materials such as vinyl, leather, mohair, or velvet, even the correct needle will need to be replaced regularly for a professional finish. Therefore, test the ease and visibility when changing a needle.

Why is it that bobbins run out just as you are on a roll? Avoid further frustration by choosing a sewing machine whose bobbin is easy to replace.

Empisal has been supplying a top-quality range of sewing equipment, affordable sewing machines, and overlockers to the market for 35 years. For more information on the best heavy-duty sewing machines for upholstery, contact the team at Empisal today.