Home sewing machines are sometimes not enough for all sewing tasks. There are home sewing machines offering a wide variety of stitch options and accessories that can make clothing construction very easy and pleasant. Sewing of heavy fabric materials for pillows, cushions or slipcovers make the home sewing machine unsuitable for all sewing tasks. The limitations of home sewing machines were overcome with the introduction of commercial sewing machines. Commercial sewing machines are all-purpose sewing machines designed mainly for the hobbyist or for the artisan trade. They differ from home sewing machines but, carry a lot of features of the industrial sewing machines.
Commercial sewing machines are mostly all metal, but may have some plastic parts and gears. All industrial sewing machines are considered as commercial sewing machines. Commercial sewing machines have machine motors. They are built for heavy-duty, all-day work. But some of them are not recommended for a steady 8 hour work day. They are self-oiling, which keeps the machine in top working condition. Speed is the biggest advantage of commercial sewing machines over home sewing machines. They can easily sew over heavy fabrics and multiple layers of different fabrics. Shoes, gloves, hats, books, upholstery, hosiery, tents, awnings, flags, and sails can also be sewn on specially devised commercial sewing machines.
Commercial sewing machines are available in portable and power stand models. Commercial portable sewing machines can be used for on-site jobs. Most popular brands are Singer, Brother, Juki, and Pfaff. Others are Nakajami, Wilcox & Gibbs, Union Special, Reece, Artisan, Pegasus, Barudan, Rimoldi, Columbia, Fishbein, Kansai, Mitsubishi, Merrow, Toyota, Tajima, Yamato, Consew, Chandler and U.S. Blindstitch. Prices range from $600 to $10,000.
Before buying a commercial sewing machine, check on the reliability of the product and warranty features.