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Have you upgraded from your domestic sewing machine to an industrial sewing machine and need to learn more about how to use it? If you're sewing all the time and need high quality and speed, then you know it's time for an industrial machine. Most of my sewing classes are for domestic machines but when I'm manufacturing products for clients I use my industrial sewing machines.

This course will focus on the use of the Juki 8700 single needle industrial sewing machine but many of the concepts and processes are applicable to other similar machines. We won't be making a project, but instead will focus on using the machine for different applications.

Why use an industrial sewing machine?
Industrial sewing machines are typically made for commercial manufacturing and designed to deliver speed and performance. You don't need to be working in a factory to enjoy the benefits of industrial machines. Many small studios and even home stitchers use industrial machines when they sew for very long stretches and need to maintain consistently high speed and quality.


What You'll Learn

The fundamentals of using an industrial straight stitch sewing machine:

  • Terminology
  • Stitch and feed mechanics
  • Threading and needles
  • Tension
  • Different motor options - clutch and servo motors
  • Working with different types of fabrics
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • Introduction to concepts used in production sewing


This class is for anyone who already knows how to sew, or the confident beginner who knows how to use a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques.
  • Experience using a domestic sewing machine, particularly comfortable controlling the speed with foot pedal pressure, threading the sewing machine and needle, and winding and loading the bobbin
  • Working knowledge of basic sewing terminology and concepts

If you're new to sewing or want a refresher to get you ready for this class, check out the Beginner Basics class, the Intro to Sewing Course or the in-depth Beginner Sewing Program.

Tools & Supplies

You will need:

  • Straight stitch industrial sewing machine
  • All-purpose cone thread
  • Industrial needles in size 80/12 or 90/14
  • Presser feet:
    • Standard
    • Zipper
    • Rolled hem (optional)
  • Sewing kit:
    • Scissors
    • Snips
    • Seam ripper
    • Fabric markers or chalk
    • Extra sewing machine needles
    • Small, machine screw drivers (Review your machine and manual if you need phillips or flathead)
    • Find links to these common sewing kit items in the shop.


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Schedule as an instructor-led private class at a time that is best for you.

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Online Sewing Classes

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?

We've developed an advanced online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person that may be quite different from what you've seen elsewhere. I make the same project along with you and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I guide you step by step. Learn more or contact me to schedule a demo to show you what it's like.



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6 hours
Two, 3-hour sessions

About the Instructor

Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. In addition to offering beginner to advanced sewing lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. Beyond sewing Vanessa has taught art, yoga and English, and her experience extends overseas when she was in the Peace Corps. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys seeing her students apply their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has intimate knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.


Private, online sewing lessons scheduled when you want.

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