When talking about sewing machines in general, including both mechanical and computerized, we all know that there are lots of different models out there for customers to choose from. The diversity of the products allow you to have more choices and options; however, it can also be confusing and time-consuming sometimes to do the research and find out which one is the best for you. 

In this article, I will walk you through the top 10 most wonderful models of sewing machines that you can find and purchase easily on the market. However, the machines in the list are not just regular but especially made for heavy-duty projects, for thick fabrics such as canvas, denim, leather. 

With each product, you will clearly see the main features, the good points and bad points. Alright, so without further ado, let’s get right down to business now.

Top products list

1. SINGER | 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

SINGER | 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
SINGER | 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

For a long time, Singer has been well-known for making good sewing machines. A lot of professional sewers use Singer products, because of its ability to produce the most high-end products possible. 

And this model of Singer, which we are talking about, has 100 stitch choices, 6 types of buttonholes and 76 decorative stitches. Singer 7258 is more than a newbie’s model. The reason is because it does not only work well with easy fabric such as cotton but also with hard and thick fabric, including canvas. During the process, there are no jams or skipped stitches, as well as the tension being consistent. So, this machine is originally aimed at advanced sewers planning on making complicated projects.

I especially liked the fact that the machine allows you to do basic embroidery and can work well with canvas too, which can be hard to find in some beginners’ sewing machines. With this function, there is no need for us to purchase separate expensive embroidery machines.

Normally, I use the macchine for making accessories for my younger sister, my household clothes and decorative pieces. Moreover, because it works very well with canvas, I prefer to use it to make tote bags and then add embroidery patterns of my own. Those tote bags will make great and meaningful birthday presents for your friends and families. 

It is easy for Singer 7258 to work well with canvas because it is able to automatically adjust the needle, but still keep the original stitch settings including length, width and tension. All you have to do is choose the stitch with the number on the display screen. Moreover, it is easy to prevent the canvas from bunching together with very little pressure of your hands. 

Pros Cons
Automatic stitch settings and selections The protective case is made of plastic, but not a hard case
Wide variety of stitch choices : 100 stitch patterns with 6 buttonholes patterns
Being able to opt for up or down position stitches

At the bottom line, with its advanced capabilities at a mid-range price, the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine deserves to be our top choice for working with canvas. 

2. SINGER | Heavy Duty 4411 Sewing Machine

SINGER | Heavy Duty 4411 Sewing Machine
SINGER | Heavy Duty 4411 Sewing Machine

The Singer 4411 is originally made for people to sew or quilt at their own home. When being launched, it is known as a ‘Heavy Duty’ machine, which means that it’s expected to handle all kinds of fabric well, ranging from tough fabrics to thick fabric which other machines struggle with. For example, the machine is perfect to work with canvas and denim. 

Even though it is certainly capable of dealing with many different types of materials, it’s not like a big and heavyweight industrial machine as you are imagining. On the contrary, it is very lightweight, portable and quiet despite its powerful function. However, when working with thick fabric like canvas, it is suggested that you read the instructions carefully in order to choose the correct needles. Otherwise, you will end up breaking your needles or probably shredding your fabrics. 

The reason Singer 4411 is perfect for heavy duty projects, especially canvas, is due to its powerful motor, metal frame, presser foot for pressure control and a stainless steel bed plate.  The motor is 60% stronger than the average model, with a durable metal frame and the bed plate for smooth feeding to handle layers and different material weight. You can glide the presser foot to change from lightweight to heavyweight projects.

Up to this point, we can conclude that this machine is excellent for beginner or intermediate sewer wishing to work with different materials at their own house.  With a very reasonable price, you can own a machine which will be in good condition over a long period of time. 

Pros Cons
A really powerful machine which can handle heavy projects, but very lightweight and quiet during operation Lack of automatic threading function
On sale at low price  Not really a fancy machine, with just 11 built-in stitches options, automatic button requires 4 steps
Fast sewing speed The needles coming along are quite blunt
Reliable sewing quality
Lots of space for complicated projects

After considering both the pros and cons, we will suggest the machine for intermediate sewers who wish to work on canvas or other heavy duty kinds of fabric. However, it may be too basic for ones who wish to work on more decorative or creative projects, and isn’t as powerful as some other expensive models for sale on the market now. It may have difficulties sewing with many layers of heavyweight fabrics. Anyway, if your expectation is not too high, you would love to share your sewing machine with the Singer 4411. 

3. Brother ST371HD Sewing Machine

Brother ST371HD Sewing Machine
Brother ST371HD Sewing Machine

ST371HD sewing machine was launched as the first heavy duty machine from Brother, and I believe that the company has done their good work as a new entry.  

Alright, so I have to tell you this is not an automatic, high tech and fancy sewing machine you’re looking for. In fact, the machine was not even computerized. However, that problem is all dependent on your requirement and demand. Anyway, it is very reliable and inexpensive for beginners who wish to do sewing at home as well as do thick and tough projects. 

When looking at the machine, you will see a very noticeable word phrase “Strong & Tough”. So, there must be reasons why it is up there, right? Yes, absolutely, if you are thinking of a machine for canvas work or layers of fabric, this one is perfectly fine at that low price range. 

I believe it has the most perfect sewing machine needles for canvas, where you can choose number 16 for working with heavyweight materials, for canvas and leather for example, number 14 for working with layers. With the metal needle plate, the fabric feed is ensured to be very smooth and aligned  with the measurement. Also, there is a spring action zigzag foot for gliding seamlessly through plentiful layers, a nonstick foot for non woven fabrics, like suede

There are some other typical features of any Brother sewing machine you can find in this machine, including : automatic threading function, convertible free arm, jam-resistant function, stitch setting and controlling function. 

Pros Cons
Perfect for tough materials  Not too much offering (only 37 built-in stitches, not being computerized)
Automatic threading function Not being equipped with automatic thread tension or the speed control 
A dial for stitch selection Not brightly-lit LED 
Being able to adjust the stitch size
Low price
No need for periodic oiling

Overall, it isn’t high-tech and looks quite old school. So, in terms of appearance, this one is probably for old people who are not really tech-savvy or ones who like old stuff. Apart from that, it’s great for not only your daily needs (hemming your jeans, sewing your performing costume) but also for outdoor fabrics, for tents. sail and other heavyweight materials. At such a reasonable price, I have nothing to complain about the model.

4. Juki TL-2010Q 1-Needle, Lockstitch, Portable Sewing Machine

Juki TL-2010Q 1-Needle, Lockstitch, Portable Sewing Machine
Juki TL-2010Q 1-Needle, Lockstitch, Portable Sewing Machine

​This Juki model is a long-arm sewing and quilting machine which is functional for lots of different projects. First of all, I have to warn you that this is not the one for beginners. Rather, it is perfect for professionals who are pursuing the sewing business as this is the industrial model with the greatest quality you can ever find in the market. 

People who are in need of and need a machine that’s almost as powerful as an industrial machine but has the flexibility of working on different projects should consider this model. Usually, industrial sewing machines only allow you to sew some basic garments and use them at a fast speed. However, with TL2010q, you can reach the speed of an industrial sewing machine but flexibility of a standard one.  

You can sew up to 1500 stitches per minute as this one is known to be one of the fastest sewing machines for sale on the market. It’s gonna be very great for you to produce enough garments for your sewing business. With a study design, this one will not vibrate when working with fast pace or powerful strength for canvas, unlike other machines. 

When opening the box, you’ll be satisfied to see the generous amount of  accessories inside including needles, brush, cap, 4 bobbins and an oil dispenser, 2 screwdrivers, a standard foot, walking foot, zipper foot, an extension table for larger working space, a dust cover for protection,…..

Pros Cons
Durable aluminum arm and bed Noisy bobbin winding
Automatic thread trimming The LED light should be lighter for better illumination 
Speed controlling mechanism for thick fabric stitches  Facing difficulty when handling the automatic needle threading
Ensuring quiet operation
Offering free-motion quilting
Including the extension table 

The Juki TL 2010q is actually an expensive machine but it is really worth the money. You’ll have garments with high-end quality and find it exciting to use the machine. It’s made to be high-quality, well-built, durable and quiet for your canvas projects. Moreover, if you really adore the machine, you can purchase a used canvas machine for sale on the market with a much more reasonable price. It is an extremely fast machine which is even suitable for meeting sewing business demand. 

5. Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, XR3774

Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, XR3774
Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, XR3774

So, if right now you are searching for a machine with a cheap price, can  sew and quilt at the same time, then you cannot miss taking a look at Brother XR3774. A reasonably priced, versatile model with lots of accessories coming along, so when else do we ask for ? 

At that low price, I think The Brother XR3774 comes with a fairly generous selection of stitches and surely that amount is more than enough for any beginner. To find and choose the stitches, there is a selection dial on the front for you to do so with clear and easy-to-read text. 

XR3774 also has the function of needle threading. You just need to touch the side of the machine and it will do the rest for you. This will help users save time by getting straight down to their main job of sewing rather than patiently looking at the eye of the needle. However, it may be hard to get used to this function at first. 

The reason why this model is so perfect for canvas projects is because it comes along with a wide table, which provides you with lots of room and space for movement and for working with thick projects.  

Pros Cons
A functional machine with the ability to work with lots of materials Loud noise during operation
On sale at a low price Not effective automatic needle threading function
Easy for users to operate and do maintenancing work
Having eye-catching design and well-lit lights

Brother XR3774 may contain some drawbacks, but I think this is quite alright for beginners at that price range. It is well-designed and really easy to use. 

6. SINGER | Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine

SINGER | Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine
SINGER | Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine

The Singer Heavy Duty 4452 is well known in the line of heavy duty sewing machines. It is able to sew. It is able to sew very quickly of up to 1100 stitches per minute, easy to set up and use.Because it is a mechanical machine and quite basic, it is perfect for both beginners and advanced sewers. 

More importantly, it allows you to sew through thick and tough materials such as denim, leather and canvas easily. Its ability to work with those materials impresses me a lot. The drawback is that the foot pedal seems to be made quite poorly, so it is unable to control the speed well, as well as problems with the tension. 

Singer has launched some other Heavy Duty models such as 4411, 4423, 4432. I may not be able to cover all information about those models here. However, I believe what makes 4452 really stand out from its competitors is its generous additional accessories coming with it, as well as larger choices of stitches. The model can move very smoothly because of its durability. Moreover, the automatic needle threader is very effective.

Pros Cons
Fast sewing speed Hard-to-use foot pedal 
Run smoothly even when working with thick and tough fabrics Fall short of expectation in terms of “heavy duty” and get very noisy during operation 
Automatic needle threader Made mostly from plastic, so may not be really durable 
Very user-friendly

All in all, it is able to sew through tough fabric without any problems. So, I would much recommend this model for you if you are looking for something powerful but basic, simple and with reasonable price. 

7. SINGER | Simple 3232 Sewing Machine

SINGER | Simple 3232 Sewing Machine
SINGER | Simple 3232 Sewing Machine

Alright, so if you are looking for a sewing machine that is easy to carry around but still offers a wide range of features, this is the one for you. There are 32 built-in stitches and a one-step autosize buttonhole, the design is compact and portable, and there is even an automatic needle threader. Despite its lightweight nature, it is well-made and looks very durable. 

Even though there is a warranty, this is certain to be a very long-lasting machine, which will be there with you for years to come. The longevity of the machine is due to its durable metal frame that enables it to resist skipping, shaking or jumping during the sewing process. It is totally fine to work on canvas projects. The number of stitches options may not be too wide, but I believe that is enough for your essential household use. 

In case you need to reinforce your stitching, there is an automatic reverse function, where you just simply need to press a button. Very convenient, very quick for your projects to get done. 

There is also a light for illumination of your work area. The light can shine directly to the needle plate, so you will have a perfect look at the stitches when using the automatic needle threader coming with it. However, you may need extra lamps for some poorly lit areas. Moreover, I;ve heard some users complaining about the bobbin issues as well as inclusion of just a few features.

Pros Cons
Convenient  and functional to work with different materials Not having various features 
Lightweight and portable   Noisy operation
Coming at affordable price

In conclusion, if you are a beginner and you are wishing to work with tough material such as canvas, Singer Simple 323 Portable is absolutely made for you. The front bobbin may be hard to use at first, but give it a time, you will get accustomed and be able to take great advantage of the machine. 

8. SINGER | 9960 Sewing & Quilting Machine

SINGER | 9960 Sewing & Quilting Machine
SINGER | 9960 Sewing & Quilting Machine

The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 is regarded as one of the most high-quality computerized sewing machines over the last few years. There must be reasons for that fame, right? Sure, because the machine is so all-rounded and versatile. 

It’s modern, computerized, and comes with a whole lot of accessories to help you fulfill your creative sewing dream. The machine is very versatile which can be used for making clothes, home decorative items, crafts, and all manners of stitching repairs.

Even though the price of the model is not cheap, I do believe and recommend you to invest in this one. It is really worth your money and can even last for a lifetime.  

The machine is very incredible for its ability to handle and tackle almost all kinds of projects, even seriously heavy duty fabrics. With 600 built-in stitches, 13 fully automatic autosize buttonholes, and excellent reliability make this a fantastic computerized sewing machine for your needs.

Apart from that, there’s a sliding button on the front of this sewing machine to change the stitching speed. I believe this function is perfect for working with thick fabric like canvas when you need to adjust the speed to avoid tension or mistakes. 

Pros Cons
Lots of stitch choices for your creative dream Can be too intricate for beginners
Being able to adjust sewing speed and have fast speed Working area may be small for quilting
Functional and work well with different kinds of material 

Overall, this model of singer is perfect for both beginners and experienced sewers. If you are wanting to work with thick or tough fabrics, this machine is just fine, not really outstanding or impressive. However, there are a lot of things coming with the machine for you to freely create.  

9. Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine
Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

With this machine, I have to tell you that the name of it tells you everything you need to know. Yesss, it is seriously and truly powerful to work with heavy duty projects as known by its name. You can work easily with heavy fabrics like denim, canvas, nylon,…and even layers of them, it can handle up to six layers of the toughest fabrics. 

This machine may cost you a huge amount of money,but I believe this is one of the best sewing machines for canvas as well as some other thick kinds of fabric on the market right now. You will not regret investing your money on this model. It can work perfectly with anything you throw at it, whether it is tough denim, or decorative home items.

The model has 18 preprogrammed stitches to help you work on different kinds of projects. Actually, 18 stitches is not a generous number in comparison with some other models on the market right now. However, in terms of heavy duty machines, I believe 18 stitches is enough and sufficient for you. 

When changing the materials to work with, some experienced sewers will like to be able to adjust the foot pressure. Anh yes, lucky you, this machine allows you to do that easily. 

Pros Cons
Absolutely capable of handling heavy duty projects/all kinds of fabrics, will not fall short of your expectation Need to be careful to adjust the speed when working on heavy duty projects
Do not create noisy sound during operation Not too modern and eye-catching design 
Great quality of stitches

So, if I were to mention a heavy duty machine, it would be a mistake to not talk about the Janome H300. It’s powerful and can work smoothly with different types of materials. It’s ideal for you to work on complex projects or thick fabrics. 

10. Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine
Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

If you are interested in making a creative sewing masterpiece and looking for a long-lasting machine, this machine is absolutely made for you. The best thing is that both the interior and exterior parts are aluminum, instead of plastic as in other models, which can make it last for generations. 

With the metal frame design and a powerful motor, the machine can handle all kinds of materials, ranging from cotton, linen, wool, velvet to tougher knits like leather, denim, duck canvas, waxed canvas, vinyl,…

For the metal frame, the machine is not lightweight at all, so it is not made for you to carry the machine around when traveling, but it will make a long-term choice for you. 

On the top of the machine, there is a dial for you to control the tension of the thread, which helps make the top and bottom part of your thread consistent. The tension depends on the types of thread you choose to work with, types of fabric you are sewing and the outcome you are wishing for. 

Pros Cons
Can work well with different types of fabrics Automatic needle threading function not work well
Well-made and sturdy
The presser foot is extra high

All in all, I believe this is the best machine for you to work on different kinds of materials, even the toughest ones. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced sewers, this machine can fulfill your creative dreams. 

What Needs To Know Before Purchasing?

Before you decide to purchase a new one, it is important to now to know what a sewing machine needs to work with canvas: 

  • Pay attention to the design of the machine: The more durable it looks, the more powerful it is, which will create better performance all the time. Also, check for the weight of the machine, to work with thick kinds of materials, it is ideal for the machine to be at least 20 pounds. 
  • With canvas, it is important for you to look for machines which contain zigzag stitch .
  • Choosing the one with the best walking foot that you can find on the market. The walking foot allows you to work with thick fabrics or multiple layers without getting bunched up.
  • Looking for a machine that allows you to adjust the sewing speed, as when working with light material, you can go fast. However, with thicker fabrics or multiple layers, it is suggested to go a bit slower. 
  • It is important for a powerful machine to have the ability to adjust the stitch length. The reason is because, for example, if you sew leather, it is advisable to choose longer stitch length than other materials. 
  • Consider carefully between the price and your demand. If you would like to work with canvas, leather but not many layers, a machine at a mid-range price would be perfect for you. If you are running a sewing business, it is best to choose an industrial heavy-duty sewing machine. So, keep this factor in mind. 

Tips For Sewing Canvas And Leather

  • Choosing the appropriate threads and needles: 

Canvas and leather are materials that are tightly, so to gain the best result, you should opt for a thick needle that is strong enough or it will get broken. The same thing is for threads, we also need to choose the right threads for your heavy-duty projects. If you work with leather, it will be a big mistake to use cotton threads. 

  • Clean your machine regularly: 

If you would like to use your machine for canvas, remember to clean, oil and get rid of any clogs on a regular basis. Especially, if your projects involve wax canvas, it is much more important to do this as wax canvas can grease the sewing region.

  • Ironing your canvas: 

With wax canvas, to make it melt, you can use a press cloth to iron it. To remove wrinkles from canvas, use a damp cloth and then press an iron on it.

  • Avoid scratches on canvas:  

As canvas can be wrinkled or scratched easily, when you work with this material, make sure you sew carefully and gently.

Canvas And Leather Sewing Process

  • Step 1: Change the presser foot: After choosing the material you would like to work on, use the walking foot to prevent puckering. 
  • Step 2: Set up the needle and stitch: Based on the material and projects you are working on, you need to choose the right needles and stitches. With canvas and leather which are tough materials, you need to choose thicker needles of around 100/16. You can also choose a nylon or polyester thread for longevity. Moreover, the stitch length should be longer for thick material like canvas or leather. 
  • Step 3: Make the sewing plan and design: You need to make a sketch for the design of your projects to make sure you make the right measurement. 
  • Step 4: Try out the machine first: It is important for you to run a test on your machine to be sure of the tension, speed and power of the machine so that you get used to it before actually getting to the project.

Frequently Asked Questions

What factors make up the best canvas sewing machine?

Each machine has its own strengths and weaknesses, so I think that the choice depends more on your budget and preference. You may want a mid-range price machine for newbies or an expensive one for long-term use. However, with canvas, I believe it will be much better if you find the machine with straight stitch and a walking foot for multiple layers. 

What factors make up the greatest sewing machine for thick material and leather?

For leather or other thick materials, you need a really powerful machine with a walking foot and a variety of stitch choices. Moreover, the design of the machine is very important to determine how powerful it can work. The more durable the machine is, the more powerful it is for working with thick materials or leather. The durability can be shown through, for example, the metal frame.

What kinds of sewing machines are most suitable for canvas?

The harsh truth is that not all sewing machines are capable of working well with canvas projects. The reason is because canvas is not an easy material, it is actually quite thick and tough. There are two main types of canvas, which are duck and plain. It is advisable to use a machine with straight stitch for duck, while plain doesn’t require much. 

What kinds of sewing machines are most suitable for leather?

Compared with canvas, leather is much harder and heavier to deal with. As a result, leather requires a machine with a really powerful and strong motor to ensure the best outcome. The machine needs to look durable enough with the right weight for that. It also needs some other special features such as pinning down the leather. 

Why does my sewing machine tend to skip stitches?

Don’t worry about this, because it happens to lots of users but not just yourself, and I am happy to give you the cause as well as solution for this problem. The cause of this problem is because of the needle which could have been bent down or had some faults. So, the solution is very simple as you just need to replace it with a brand-new needle. 

If my car seat gets ripped or torn, what can I do instead of sewing? 

I have done some research online and found out that if you want to fix your torn car seat or any other ripped items in your house without sewing, there are 5 effective alternatives for you. And I will summarize about each of them very quickly here. 

  • You can use fusible tape and place the sticky part in between the fabrics you would like to fix. By doing that, you can save lots of time, money and energy as there is no need for sewing.  
  • Another method you can use is fusible web. The difference here is that with a fusible web you can freely design the length and width that you want, whereas the fusible tape is already in a specific shape and size. You can cut the web simply with scissors or a cutting machine. Moreover, you will need to iron to make it fixed at the end. 
  • The third alternative for your is fusible adhesive which is kinda the same as the first method. You will need to use the heat to melt the sticky parts so that you can place the fusible adhesive between the fabrics to join it together. 
  • A very classic but effective way is to use fabric glue. It is just as simple as gluing pieces of paper. You should go for this method if you don’t want to use a big or heavy iron. 
  • Last but not least, we have hot glue which is also a very effective method, dry fast and last for a long time. 

Is it necessary for me to purchase a special canvas sewing machine?

One more time, the answer for this may vary between different customers. If you sometimes deal with canvas projects, you can just use a regular machine to save budget. However, if you are determined that you will use your sewing machine for canvas a lot, it is advisable to invest in a real powerful, heavy-duty machine for long-term use. 

Is It Difficult To Sew Through Canvas?

The answer is surely yes. But that answer is for when you try to sew it by hand. Canvas is very thick, so it can be very difficult for you to try to sew it manually with regular sewing needles.

Despite The Difficulty, Is It Possible To Sew Into Canvas?

As I have mentioned in previous, it is very very hard to sew through canvas with your bare hand. So, in the past, people invented sewing awls to make it easier to sew canvas manually. However, when human civilization developed, people came up with sewing machines, and even computerized sewing machines after that as mentioned earlier in the article. With this invention, canvas becomes a piece of cake for lots of sewers, both beginners and advanced ones.  

Conclusion

There is no doubt that thick kinds of materials such as canvas or leather are extremely fashionable, which attracts lots of trendy wearers to search for clothing items with these fabrics. Moreover, apart from the look, canvas or leather can last longer than other light fabric such as cotton. As a result, more and more people are searching for clothing items made from these materials as well as machines for making them. 

So, in this article, I have mentioned 10 sewing machines, both mechanical and computerized which I believe to be the best for canvas sewing. About each machine, I have listed all the noticeable functional, as well as its pros and cons, so that you have an overall idea about that; therefore, you can find it easier to choose a model for your own need and preference. 

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