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Beginners Guide to Sewing with an Industrial Machine

What is an Industrial Machine?

First let’s just get the basics of what an Industrial Machine is:

The biggest misconception is that Industrial machines are “heavier work” but this is just not true

Industrial Machines are more specialised than home machines – the most common being a lockstitch machine where there is a top and bottom thread forming the stitch. Other types are Overlocking, hemming, embroidery etc.

Another difference between a home machine and an Industrial is in and Industrial machine there are 3 separate components:

A Motor

A Head

A Table


Industrial Machines come generally with two types of Motors:

  • Clutch – Noisy, industrial machines originally came with these, runs constantly
  • Servo – completely silent, uses less energy as it only runs when the foot pedal is engaged, better control of speed


This is for machines with Servo Motors – there a 3 basic foot positions:

  • Lift the needle
  • Full foot to sew
  • To end stitching with back sew and cut the thread kick back with the heal of your foot


When you buy a machine it’s nearly always threaded as we at Talash Sewing Center “sew off” before shipping.

The way to thread is to clip of from the spindle and tie the new thread to this, un-thread form the needle lift the presser foot and pull through the thread, when the new thread has come through feed into the needle


Is done just as you would on a home machine just remember the direction and thread tail should form a 9 before inserting into the bobbin

We at Talash Sewing Centre can arrange to install and show you how to use the machine, call or emailus for details