When buying a sewing machine for projects with canvas and leather, it’s important to find a machine that is heavy duty enough to handle these materials. The machines in this buying guide all meet that qualification, and also include a wide range of features which make them suitable of a wide range of projects. They are available at a range of price points and suitable for a range of sewers, from beginners to more advanced sewers.
Best Sewing Machines for Canvas and Leather
Here are our canvas and leather sewing machine reviews.
The Singer Heavy Duty 4452 model is a solidly built sewing machine which will give professional results on a variety of projects at high speeds. It comes programmed with 32 built-in stitch patterns to add a variety of decorative touches to any project. The walking foot and clearance plate allow for use with heavy duty materials such as canvas or leather with great results every time.
- Automatic needle threader
- Capable of up to 1,100 stitches per minute
- Optional walking foot
The Brother ST371HD model has all the features needed to work on projects with canvas or leather. It includes heavy duty needles for work on these materials and can even sew through multiple layers of materials like canvas and leather. A nonstick presser foot is included specifically to facilitate work with materials such as vinyl and leather.
- Automatic needle and top drop-in bobbin system
- Versatile free arm
- Metal needle plate
The Janome HD3000 model is a heavy duty sewing machine which has the features needed to work with heavy weight fabrics such as canvas and leather. It has adjustable presser foot pressure which can be set to suit the thickness of whatever fabric you are using for your project. Its heavy duty metal frame allows it to work on heavy duty materials at up to 850 stitches per minute and still run smoothly.
- Automatic needle threader
- Adjustable presser foot pressure
- A variety of presser feet and needles included
The Janome HD1000 model includes several features that make it suitable for projects involving heavy duty materials such as canvas and leather. The feed dog system allows for even and smooth feeding of a wide range of materials, including heavy duty materials. The stitch length is adjustable and the stitch tension can be adjusted to provide optimum settings for canvas and leather projects.
- Industrial grade aluminum interior frame
- Easy threading and front loading bobbin system
- Drop feed with 3 piece feed dog system for free motion sewing
This sewing machine is designed to work with heavy duty materials, with solid construction. It is capable of sewing thick materials and multiple layers of materials. It also features a walking presser foot, which moves even heavy duty materials through the sewing machine without bunching or pulling. All of these features make it ideal for working with either canvas or leather.
- Cast iron metal construction
- Ideal for heavy duty materials
- Walking presser foot
Canvas and Leather Sewing Machine Buying Guide
The first priority when buying a machine for canvas and leather is finding a machine that is heavy duty enough to handle these materials. All of the machines in this buying guide have features which make them suitable for working with heavy duty materials like canvas and leather. Each has a heavy metal frame, which helps the machine remain stable, even when sewing multiple layers of leather and canvas, without vibrating.
Some also feature a metal needle plate, which helps feed heavy duty materials smoothly through the sewing machine and helps the machine stand up to heavy duty projects. The sewing machines in this buying guide are also capable of speeds exceeding 800 stitches per minute, which means working with heavy duty materials doesn’t have to slow you down.
Another feature to consider when looking for a machine for working with materials like canvas and leather is the feed dog system. This works in conjunction with the presser foot to smoothly feed material through the sewing machine without snagging, bunching, or pulling. Several of the machines featured in this buying guide have a three point feed dog system, which helps feed heavy duty material smoothly through the sewing machine. Some also feature a walking foot, which helps the top of the fabric move at the same pace as the bottom of the fabric, making working with multiple layers of heavy duty fabric possible.
However, when buying a machine capable of handling canvas and leather, you don’t have to give up convenience features and features which help you create a wide range of projects using these materials, whether you are a beginning sewer or more advanced in your sewing skills. Several of these machines feature automatic needle threaders and bobbin systems which are simple to load, even for a beginner. Some of the options also have a range of built-in stitch options which allow the sewer to add unique touches to any project and make the sewing machine versatile enough to handle a range of projects, so that you can create anything from home decor to garments out of canvas and leather.