While an integral part of most fabric fabrication (see what we did there?) sewing is often overlooked for the more flashy aspects of manufacturing, like automated cutting machines and RF/HF sealers, sewing is still vital component in almost every fabric product. You may be familiar with sewing machines already; here we’ll explore the small differences between home models and those used in factories (otherwise referred to as “regular” sewing machines vs “industrial” sewing machines).
The Difference Between Industrial Sewing and Regular Sewing
Many people may be familiar with sewing machines that are used at home – used to repair a hole in the sleeve of your dress shirt, or make new bedding for the baby crib. These home machines are generally smaller in all respects than their industrial cousins, with different features.
There are three main differences between the two sewing machines:
- Industrial sewing machines use larger needles and thread, as the end products they create will most likely go through harsher and longer use than regular clothing.
- The automatic features added to the machines. Sew lines are secured with a “back tack,” or section at the end of the line where sewing direction reverses and doubles back on itself, sewing itself together so as to not fray or fall apart and let the stitching come loose. The pedal on the machine (used to start sewing) can be pushed forward and backward. When pressed on the back, industrial machines automatically sew a “back tack” using the number of stitches and spacing pre-programmed into the sewing machine, whereas the regular sewing machines typically do not.
- Most industrial machines automatically cut the top and bobbin threads, saving a lot of the operator’s time.
Sewing Machine Types and Styles
Machines range from the standard single-needles, which are similar to home machines, to completely automated pattern-sewers that are computer controlled to create whatever stitch pattern you want. A quick rundown:
- Single Needle: Standard sewing machines, having one needle and top thread/bobbin set. Most have automated back tacking and sew faster or slower depending on how much the pedal is pressed.
- Double Needle: Twice the fun! These machines have two of everything; bobbins (left and right), needles (right and left), and top thread (you get the picture). They operate in the same way as the above machines, but are great for creating hems as you can sew both sides/ends at once.
- Long Arms: These machines are something special – each is created so that a large amount of material can move underneath the machine as it sews, between the needles and the gear box on the machine. They can be double or single needle, but most of the time do not automatically cut the threads.
- Box Tackers: both automatic (one pattern) and computer controlled, box tackers sew box patterns used to reinforce or secure material in place. These are used on components like straps, which may experience more stress than other parts of the material.
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