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December 21, 2006

How Many Machines Does It Take to Make a …

Filed under: Machines — Gorgeous Things @ 4:17 am

By Diva Ann, GorgeousThings 

While doing some research on my next industrial machine purchase, I came across a fascinating feature on the Juki website. It’s more fun than Word Whomp on Pogo.com. This site lets you see what Juki products are recommended to make sewn goods. Do you want to make jeans? 14 different models of machines. How about a bra? That only takes 6 different models. It gives one a real appreciation for the capital outlay that sewn product manufacturers make. And it’s a lot of fun for machine junkies, too. Oh, and one more added benefit is that it gives you an overview of the steps taken to make a garment.

Just click on the picture of the garment type to see what machines are used.

Happy sewing!

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4 Comments

  1. This also gives you an indication why perfect results are not always achieved on family machines. Industrial machines are designed and built to perform one task and they perform that one task exquisitely. Family machines are meant to perform every possible task, so there are some inherent compromises. In a factory, if a straight stitch is desired, it is sewn on a straight-stitch-only machine. The home sewer sews the same stitch on a zig zag machine with stitch width set at ’0′. The needlebar in the home machine is on a swivel because that machine might need to make a buttonhole or a blanket stitch later so the straight stitch might wander a bit.

    Comment by Ed Lamoureux — December 21, 2006 @ 11:25 am

  2. Sooo, Ann, what machines are you thinking about?

    Comment by Mary Beth — December 21, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  3. MB, I’m looking for an industrial serger right now. Probably a 4 thread. I was at my industrial dealer two weeks back and they had most of these machines in the back. A local sporting goods manufacturer has opened up a sample-making shop here, and they need some seriously specialized machines. Ed is absolutely right. Home sewing machines can’t “compete” with the individual industrials.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — December 21, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

  4. The sham buttonhole machine is my favorite! I think you need that one :D

    Comment by Phyllis — December 21, 2006 @ 3:37 pm


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