Upholstery sewing machines are one of the more specified types of heavy duty sewing machine.
The upholstery models are manufactured with parts made of metal and are purposely produced to handle fabrics that are used for upholstery, such as linen, canvas, leather, corduroy, heavy cotton duck and etc., which require bigger and heavier machines.
The dog feed that is under the fabric on the regular domestic models is not sufficient enough for the upholstery machines; these particular products utilize the walking foot that resembles two feet that literally walk along the fabric in order to feed it through smoothly.
Another fabulous feature that they entail is the ability to raise the foot with levers that are activated by the tailor's knees.
This is probably the best upholstery sewing machine for residential use. Even though its mostly made of metal parts and will not be very portable, the compact size, extremely durability and robustness at job is what makes this Singer CG 590 stand out in the range of under $300 upholstery machines.
Major benefit is that it can reach the 1100 stitches per minute- something you would only find in fully industrial sewing machines that cost way over $2000. In addition, the Stainless Steel Bed Plate ensures it can handle to heavy abuse from time to time, even if you are a professional tailor or machinist. On top of that, the Drop -Feed System simplifies and cuts down your sewing time for improved efficiency.
So far, no major disadvantages, bad reviews or negative feedbacks has been reported on this make from Singer.
This is a great value and probably the best bargain price you can get. Being semi-industrial sewing machine in a compact form, this model can be found at an even greater deal for less than $165 used. The foot pedal makes this machine almost hands-free and it contains a 1 step buttonholer.
Reviews have suggested that the built-in bulb does not contribute as much assistance as it should because the light gets blocked while sewing and the bobbin case is not easy to lock, presenting various problems when sewing.
Otherwise, although small, the STF39-20 is a hefty machine, weighing in at 18 pounds. On the advantage side, it is very versatile, as it can handle thicker materials, like denim, leather, velvet, corduroy, linen, etc., but is also delicate enough to sew the lightweight fabrics, like silk, cotton voile, muslin and acetate as well.
With Sew Quiet Servomotor, this is also a multitalented project maker, because this upholstery sewing machine can sew both the light and the heavy fabrics. It has the ability to accommodate more bobbins and contains a safety clutch that is manufactured to protect your hands and your materials. The weight and the price of this model are both fairly cumbersome, at 20 pounds and just under $1200.