Now you’ve gotten to a point where the immediate concern should be choosing between the two common types of leather sewing machines – Residential and Industrial Leather Sewing Machine.
With a residential sewing machine, and the right set of needles to go with it, you can muscle through materials that have a thickness of up to 3/16 of an inch. Anything tougher or thicker than this merits the use of industrial machines.
Opting for an industrial sewing machine obviously has its perks; it gives you the legroom to take up complex leather projects. The thing is residential machines, heat up faster, forcing you to take cooling down breaks. Moreover, the maximum stitch length you’re allowed in a residential machine is just 4-6 millimeters, as opposed to 8-10 millimeters in an industrial machine. Also, it’s possible to easily hit 2500 stitches or higher per minute in an industrial leather sewing machine.
Take a moment to gather your thoughts; it’s clear that both types of machines have their pros and cons. The lesser version (i.e.) residential machines are best suited for small leather projects and materials that are not too thick. If you love leather and work with it often, then an industrial machine would be the ideal choice. Bear in mind, industrial machines with automatic lubrication will be easy to maintain. Without this feature, manual lubrication after each sewing session is a must.