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Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines

I was happy and surprised to find out there was a shop just 1-hour south from me that specializes in industrial sewing machines.  I decided I had to go down there and try out some machines to know if I REALLY need an industrial machine… and if so, what features I would like/need.

It was a great experience visiting Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines.  Bob, the owner, and his son are EXTREMELY patient!  I can’t tell you how annoying I must have been trying out all the different machines and going back and forth between them all. I didn’t see them roll their eyes once and they kindly told me about the machines and even switched out some machines so I could try different motors.

I left with just a few cones of thread but I have a much better idea of what industrial machines are capable of.  I definitely want a servo motor – the clutch motors are too noisy and speed is hard to control.  I prefer a machine with reverse capabilities but could live without if it was considerably cheaper.  I would be happy with either a flat bed or cylinder machine.  I have too many options to choose from!

I took some pictures to share.  Enjoy!

Heavy-duty threads!  They also had binding, scissors and machines attachments.

 They have all types of machines, flat bed, cylinder, walking foot, blind-stitch, sergers…

… brand-new, used and REALLY old machines, too!

 This machine really caught my attention… it is HUGE!

 It was used for several layers of very thick leather, such as making horse tackle.

I can’t see the model # very well, but could probably look up the serial # to date the machine.

Here’s another old machine with a very narrow cylinder arm, probably for shoe repair.

This machine is like the Adler above but treadle-style!

 I really liked this machine.  It was super smooth and quiet but didn’t have reverse.

 This machine had reverse but is new (out of my price range).

 New Juki…

… old Juki.

 Old Singer Walking foot machine.. has reverse!

Another old Singer walking foot with reverse.  I really liked this one because it was quiet, smooth and has a large bobbin!

New Consew with servo motor.  This was really nice too and I would love it but I was drawn to the “older souls”.

Old Lewis blind-hemmer.

Jonah isn’t too happy… “hold on buddy.. almost done!”

 Here’s the last one of them all!  Bob said it was an old machine used to sew tires!

If I ever decide on a machine it is reassuring to know that Bob and his shop are close enough to stop by!
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