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What Sewing Machines do you need to operate a Thobe or Dishdasha Tailor Shop?

There is a lot of machinery needed for a tailor shop to function accordingly and many of these are sewing machines which sometimes  are not necessarily found in one tailor shop. Below you will find a list of sewing machines needed for a thobe or dishdasha tailor shop to run smoothly. 

There are many brands of sewing machines out there, however this article will only provide a general recommendation and some advice on the sewing machines you will likely need and which are available in the market. The most common brands in the market for sewing machines are: Singer, JUKI, Brother, Janome, JACK, & many unusual brands from China. Please be aware that the brand origin may not be where it ism made or manufactured.

The most common sewing machine you will need is an industrial lockstitch sewing machine, which is the core of any tailor shop. The difference between an industrial sewing machine and a home sewing machine is the speed of sewing, which depends on the size of the motor. Industrial sewing machines require quite some power to directly sew two pieces of fabric together with a single line of thread sometimes called a chain stitch, which can be adjusted to make different patterns based on the model or the options available. It is important to know that an industrial sewing machine requires basic maintenance needs like switching the needle, oiling the catch basin, replacing the thread as needed, and routinely checking the parts are functioning. There are also lockstitch sewing machines with a double stitching mechanism and those have two needles in place.

Another sewing machine is the serger sewing machine which trims the extra end of a fabric and stitches the fabric in an overlock stitching pattern. This machine can function on a three thread or four thread system, which can be adjusted based on the hemming preferences. There are sergers with five or six threads, however these are required for special circumstances. The main purpose of a serger is to make a clean edge for the seam and to protect the fabric edge. The serger operates on two or a single needle and consumes a lot of thread. It is important to know that maintaining a serger is critical and proper care must be taken to ensure the mechanical parts are not strained.

An interesting sewing machine you may have not seen or heard of before is an industrial blind hemming sewing machine. This particular sewing machine operates with a curved needle and is known for stitching a blind stitch on fabrics, which means the sewing pattern is not quite visible from the exterior side but it shows on the interior side as a diagonal stitch. This sewing machine oftentimes requires basic maintenance and is found in medium to large sewing workshops.

The sewing machines above will aid in creating your clothing and the most challenging sewing machine to maintain is the buttonhole sewing and button stitching machine, which are two different machines. The buttonhole machine can be split into two categories which are the straight buttonhole and the eyelet buttonhole machine. The straight buttonhole machine is used for shirts, thobes, dishdashas, kandoras, and cufflinks. The eyelet buttonhole machine is used for jackets, sweaters, blazers, vests, and coats. What distinguishes the eyelet buttonhole from the other is the unique shape and cutting technique required to create such a hole within the fabric. The buttonhole sewing machines require extensive care and maintenance, its recommended to purchase a buttonhole sewing machine with a local agent or where there is a technician who is able to fix such machinery in case it malfunctions. You will also realize such machines may not be found only in medium to large sewing workshops.

December 27, 2022

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