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Posted: 10/25/2020 4:07:59 PM EST
looking for a sewing machine that can power through 2-3 layers of military wool blanket.

looking to sew something like this:

https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/jama-blanket-shirt/35226

recommendations for used machines?

poking around on craigslist and facebook but i don't know what to look for.

thanks.  
Link Posted: 10/25/2020 6:57:15 PM EST
Slant needle Singer...500, 503, 401, 403.  The cocoa colored ones from the fifties/sixties.  

Pfaff machines.  Like a 260 or 360.

Many more....flea markets and FB marketplace.
Link Posted: 10/25/2020 8:22:13 PM EST
There is a lot of good old iron out there for cheap.
A Necchi BU is a good old school Italian built machine.  Zig zag and straight stitch only.  No plastic, no electronics.  I got mine for free and it's my go to.
Link Posted: 10/26/2020 12:44:57 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2020 12:47:10 AM EST by rwilkins01]
you might find a singer 15 class, like a 15-91, but i don't know if it has enough clearance, maybe a 201 would. if you get desperate i'd sell you a consew...

eta: a pfaff 130 through 360 woukd do it. we sewed 7 layers of denim the other day.
Link Posted: 10/28/2020 4:28:17 PM EST
Find an old industrial machine with a 3-phase motor.

Lady I worked with found one and I wired it up using
another 3-phase motor as an idler to run the machine.
Link Posted: 10/28/2020 4:36:49 PM EST
I agree with the old industrial singers. They’ll only straight stitch. A 111w151 or 111w155 can do anything.
Link Posted: 11/4/2020 8:54:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2020 8:55:34 PM EST by brickeyee]
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Originally Posted By NJTac:
I agree with the old industrial singers. They’ll only straight stitch. A 111w151 or 111w155 can do anything.
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Just be careful around them.
They will go through your finger, bone and all, in a flash.
I was truly astounded that the lady I made up the 3-phase
conversion for would get fingers so close to that needle.

She did leather work that was often over an inch thick in multiple layers.
Link Posted: 11/7/2020 10:08:48 PM EST
Any sewing machine guys know anything about this one?
It's on the local FB Marketplace for a $100.
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Link Posted: 11/10/2020 3:32:24 PM EST
Looks like something a cobbler would use.
Link Posted: 11/10/2020 7:08:32 PM EST
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Originally Posted By brickeyee:
Looks like something a cobbler would use.
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That was my first thought since the woman that owned it (died) was known for making leather wallets and such.  Turns out it's called a blind stitcher, for garment work.
Link Posted: 11/10/2020 7:09:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/10/2020 7:09:31 PM EST by paul463]
doubled.
Link Posted: 11/17/2020 3:58:55 AM EST
Looks like a blindstitch machine for hemming pants. How deep do you want to get into sewing? For 3 layers of blanket I would think an industrial machine with a straight stitch would be fine.  When you buy it, try it first. A servo motor is much easier to use than a clutch motor and you can slow them down to a crawl. You can tell the difference by turning the machine on. If it makes noise all the time, it’s a clutch motor. If you are looking at sewing a lot of thick layers, nylon gear and thin leathers you might consider a walking foot or a compound feed machine, but for what you described, a good heavy duty single needle lockstitch machine should be fine.
Link Posted: 11/17/2020 5:29:56 AM EST
Whatever you do, don't start looking at Singer Featherweights!

That's all im going to say.
Link Posted: 1/4/2021 4:19:12 PM EST
Did you ever find a machine?
Link Posted: 1/7/2021 9:28:43 PM EST
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Originally Posted By dukhnt:
Whatever you do, don't start looking at Singer Featherweights!

That's all im going to say.
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A friend gave my daughter one of these a couple years ago.  She is 11 now and uses it pretty regular.  We said thank you.

Not sure a featherweight is a 3 blanket machine though.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 10:03:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/11/2021 10:04:48 PM EST by GlockLuvinRedleg]
For what he's looking at a current production singer 44xx 6xxx series "heavy duty" machine will work just fine.

Wool, denim, cordura and light leather are all within its "realistic" scope

I have a singer, a brother, a white/toyota and a comsew beast, so I'm familiar lol
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