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Old 09-14-2007, 02:50 PM
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Is a Juki DDL 5550 a good auto upholstery choice? It has a reverse but I don't know if has a walking foot.

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Old 09-15-2007, 06:22 AM
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After a bit of looking online, it appears that the DDL-5550 is not a walking foot machine, and they're used more for the garment industry. One website describes them as suitable for everything from fine silk to leather, but I have no idea what garment industry leather sews like - it might be a lot lighter than upholstery leather.

Sorry that I'm not a lot of help, but if it were me, I'd keep looking. Unless of course it's being offered at a price that you just can't turn down, then I guess I'd give it a try. Something tells me that it wouldn't be a good choice for upholstery, even though I'll admit I have nothing to base that on - other than the fact that it isn't a walking foot machine.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:45 AM
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Any sewing machine, including home machines, can sew leather with the right needle. Do not buy an industrial sewing machine that does not have a walking foot for auto upholstery work. A walking foot machine is no more expensive than the one you're looking at. Find something like the Singer 111W or one of the many copies of it that are on the market. This includes Tacsew and Consew 226R. Pfaff 1245 is a good machine, but pricey. Juki machines are a step above the Singer and Consew machines.
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