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    My sewing machine really struggled to cope with my last bag project - 6 layers of denim plus 2 of the lining fabric at one point! It is a fairly low spec Brother, and a bit lightweight. Does anyone have a machine that copes easily with this kind of thing? I used a size 14 denim needle - I have 16s and 11s, would it be worth trying a different one? Anyone have any experience of this, I'd love to hear it!
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    For this thickness I would try the 16, the only machine I can think of that could possible cope is a Bernina original. You can pick them up 2nd hand my sister has just bought one that is 15 years old and reconditoned for her freehand embroidery, as she needed to alter the tension whilst stitching. It cost about £400.00 though a real workhorse. I use a Janome 11000 but would struggle with that thickness.

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    • #3
      I have a very old Jones machine , only does straight stitch but will sew anything including thick denim and leather and oilcloth with no problem at all !! You can pick them up off the car boot for next to nothing and even if they need a new motor they are still a bargain or you could ask at your local machine repair shop they often have them
      Mine cost me a tenner and has been the best money i have ever spent
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      • #4
        I bought a NECCHI 681 (I think!) and it's gone thro Layers of denim and I used a big needle. I can't remember what size because it was a while back, on a bag I was making for a friend. It 'forces' the needle thro tough fabric which is quite scary when you first try it, because it sounds like it's going to blow up!! But it's made to do it, apparently. I phoned the company I bought it off to check!!

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        • #5
          That's great thanks! Do you know, I have an old Jones myself sat under the stairs! It retired when I bought the Brother but was a present for my 21st birthday so I didn't want to part with it! It weighs a ton, and doesn't jump around the table like the Brother does! Think I'll be getting it out, giving it an oiling and using it for the 'tougher' assignments
          Cathy xx
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          • #6
            For that thickness you might find a larger nedle and an industrial machine is required
            Good luck
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