Comparisons and overviews

Sewing machines: domestic versus industrial

The difference is similar to that between a house cat and a Siberian tiger: both are felines and both purr, but one will have you for lunch.

Here is a great blog post comparing the two and demystifying advertising terms like semi-industrial often seen on eBay.

It’s a great post; however, I would like to add that not all domestic machines are the same in terms of their reliability, life expectancy and ability to sew heavier fabrics. In this context, the term heavy duty makes sense to me to designate those machines that can, in fact, sew denim and upholstery and will last for many years even with frequent use (but not continuous like at a factory). And yes, it applies to practically all machines built before 1960s…