This is one such category which could’ve been possible to complete under the banner of sewing machines for leather. However, we decided to dedicate a separate space to review all the sewing machines in the market which are meant for upholstery job. Most of these machines are capable of sewing tough fabrics like leather. But in this blog, we would stress on machines that can handle upholstery job as if it is its first priority. Before we could dig deep in the topic and start reviewing some of the best upholstery sewing machines in the market, we’d love to let our readers have some insights about the topic and the features to stress on before buying a sewing machine.

What is Upholstery?

Upholstery is a process in which one may require to sew thicker materials so as to create covers or paddings for chairs, sofas, or to create leather covers for other furniture. Upholstery sewing projects can be very intimidating at first regardless of how good a regular seamstress someone is. It takes a lot of practice to master the art as one has to constantly deal with very stubborn fabrics. Also, it becomes a daunting task because of the size of the projects which are generally on the bigger side.

Product Product Name Buy User Ratings Stitches Per Minute
Axis Portable Upholstery Zigzag Sewing Machine CHECK ON AMAZON 3.9 900
Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine CHECK ON AMAZON 4.3 1100
Rex- 607 Portable Sewing Machine CHECK ON AMAZON 3.4 3000
Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine CHECK ON AMAZON 4.2 1100
Janome HD1000 Heavy Duty Machine CHECK ON AMAZON 3.8 1000
Tacsew GC6-6 Industrial Sewing Machine CHECK ON AMAZON 3.8 1600

Upholstery Sewing Machines

Why does one need a special kind of machine to undertake upholstery sewing projects?

Given the fact that one has to deal with tough fabrics and oversized projects, it is no brainer that a machine with a particular set of traits needs to be deployed to undertake an upholstery job. Regular sewing machines would fail to pierce through hard fabrics on a consistent basis. Constant jamming and needle breaks would be a regular sight when one uses regular sewing machines for such projects. These are the main factors why a strong machine with a powerful motor is required. And these aspects can only be covered with the machines that are exclusively made for the industrial use.

Which is the best upholstery sewing machine on the market?

Most of the people reading this blog must be here to know about the best sewing machines for upholstery. We wouldn’t tell you which exactly would be the best one, but we would unbiasedly review some of the best sewing machines in the market which are capable of undertaking upholstery projects. The question could be hovering around on a lot of people’s minds. Therefore, this would be our genuine attempt to take a dig at each of the sewing machines and put forward the best reviews about each of them.

Axis Portable Upholstery Zigzag Sewing Machine

Axis WZOO1 is one of the highest-selling sewing machines on the Amazon’s online portal. The machine is mainly used for processes that include sail making, marine canvas work, heavy-duty home sewing, and for making automobile seat covers. It can sew in both ways viz. straight and in a zigzag manner. Therefore, its ability to stitch in both ways adds to the versatility of the machine. Also, it has been built with extremely tough spare parts which makes it efficient enough to sew through the toughest of fabrics.




The upholstery specialty is so tough that it can easily sew through 10 layers of heavy fabrics and 8 layers of Dacron sailcloth with extreme suaveness. The machine is capable of sewing through several stubborn fabrics like denim, leather, heavy canvas, and much more. There are a lot of accessories that include bobbins, needles, hand box base, length plate, electronic foot control, etc.

Specifications & Features

The machine is specially designed to sew several layers of stubborn fabrics. It is tried and tested on 8 layers of Dacron and 10 layers of canvas which just exhibits the power and strength of the machine. The box contains a Power plus balance wheel, which adds more power in comparison to the traditional flywheel. In fact, it provides twice the power that in respects to the ordinary flywheel. The overall speed generated by the machine is 900 RPM.

The stitch lengths can be varied to different sizes. One can change the stitch length of straight stitches up to 6mm. Zigzag stitches can be stretched up to 7mm. There are several features that add to the efficiency of the machine that includes a built-in piping tunnel. Also, it inherits a wide presser foot and high presser foot lift that measures 3/8 inches. Although it is a full metal body sewing machine, it is portable which gives the users the freedom to carry it to the desired places. To the surprise of all, it can be used as a travel sewing machine.

Pros, Cons, & Reviews

Unless and until you are a professional, and haven’t mastered the art of upholstery, do not dare to buy a sewing machine like this one. One would be disgusted to get used to the machine and might start finding problems with the machine. However, the problem must arrive more in the operating more than the mechanism of the machine. The company provides a one year extended warranty for the spare parts in case of any possible breakdowns. The best part of the customer service is its lifelong technical support for any queries that come while undertaking sewing projects.

Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Singer is one of the highly-appreciated brands in the sewing world. 4423 is no alien in terms of its productivity, efficiency, and consistency. The machine has the ability to sew through a wide range of fabrics including the tough ones. It can easily go past fabrics like denim, leather, jute, and multiple layers of cotton without causing a real fuss. Its strength and power make it one of the best machines in the market to undertake upholstery sewing projects.




The speed is unmatched which is calculated around 1100 stitches per minute. Even with such fast speeds, the machine doesn’t skip stitches which is an added plus. It can consistently sew in a straight line giving you a professional look and strengthened stitch every time the fabric goes under the needle. One can choose from nothing less than 3 variables of the same machine which differ each other in terms of built-in stitches. Depending on the creative edge one would like to inherit in his sewing artillery, one of the 3 machines can be opted for.

Features & Specifications

The machine is constructed with a full metal body which allows its users to sew consistently without skipping a stitch or two. The bedplate made out of stainless steel allows the fabric to smoothly glide past the needle. The fabric feeding process is a cakewalk regardless of the toughness of the fabrics. With the speed of 1100 per minute, it is easily one of the fastest and efficient sewing machines on the market today. It can handle a variety of sewing processes and fabrics, upholstery being the primary one. It comprises of 23 built-in stitches that include basic, decorative, and stretch stitches.

The inclusion of automatic needle threader gives it a definitive edge over other sewing machines in the market. Also, the top load bobbin makes the sewing process faster saving a lot of time of the seamstresses undertaking any sorts of sewing processes.

Pros, Cons, & Reviews

The machine fails to amuse the professional seamstresses when it comes to its sturdiness. The inability of the machine to match the industry standards on a consistent basis makes it a less favorite one. Also, one cannot adjust the speed and has to sew on a single speed control setting. However, considering all the downfalls of a machine, for the price at which it is offered, it is a wonderful product, to say the least. It may lag while sewing multiple layers of stubborn fabrics, but can be the best choice to sew single layers of fabrics like denim, leather, etc. Also, the fact that it comes from a reputed brand like Singer, one can always bestow trust on its product.

Rex- 607 Portable Sewing Machine

Rex is one of the oldest yet lesser known brands in terms of producing blind stitch sewing machines. The company has more than 40-years’ experience in the market is known to produce top quality industrial sewing machines. The full body metal frame is all set to meet the industrial standards. It is sturdy to the core and doesn’t create any turbulence even while sewing difficult fabrics like jeans and leather. Also, the fact that it is portable makes it a decent choice for the home user.




It can undertake all your household projects without causing any trouble whatsoever. It does not have fancy stitching options because of its no-nonsense nature. It can only sew in a straight line in a single stitch pattern. One might argue that it is less productive than the other machines on the list but cannot compare its efficiency to other counterparts.

Features & Specifications

Not much information is available on the internet in regards to its specifications. However, we tried our best to figure out some of the important details about the same. It is completely made of 100 percent metal body which adds to its sturdy nature. The machine doesn’t vibrate at all which is, by far, the most effective feature of the Rex-607. One has to sew with a particular thread and a needle to attain the best productive results out of the machine. The thread recommended by the company itself is nylon number 69 and the needle preferred is 135*17 size 12. Every single machine comes with a leather patch which is pre-sewn by the company itself.

Pros, Cons, & Reviews

Although the machine is very low on added features, it does have a reverse stitch which is a very effective feature much loved by the professional seamstresses. The machine also fits nicely on a table top. However, it is bit shaky as it is fitted with 3 legs. The included foot pedal helps the users to use this machine very effectively. It is a wonderful machine for the industrial use at it has a superior speed control and ability to stitch through toughest of fabrics.

Rex-607 is a strong & simple sewing machine which can amuse any professional seamstress. However, the only noted downfall we noticed is the absence of the holes which restricts the users from keeping all the parts well oiled. In the initial days, it could be a little tight for the overall use but it gets better with time and use. It is an excellent device for the price at which it is offered.


Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

It is one of the highly rated sewing machines on the online portal, Amazon. Singer 4411 is one of those machines which can be blindly relied on in terms of its usability, strength, and consistency. Just like the Singer model mentioned above, it is highly efficient and very easy to use. Not only in terms of their productiveness but are also familiar with their looks. Specially designed for heavy-duty projects, it is constructed with a full metal body frame. The stainless steel bed plat allows smooth feeding of fabrics.




There is a dial inherited on the machine which allows the users to select the stitch type, length, and width. One can even adjust the needle positions and tension using the dial on the machine. The small dial under the balance wheel allows the users to adjust the size of the buttonhole stitches.

Features & Specifications

The machine comprises of 11 built-in stitches that include 6 utility, 4 decorative, and a single 4-step automated buttonhole. It gives the liberty to the users to enable reverse stitch which helps to cut down on the errors. The dedicated free arm design gives the users an edge to undertake large sewing assignments. The needle can be adjusted to 3 different positions. As sturdy as it is, it can equally sew at a greater speed. To be précised, it sews at the speed of 1100 stitches per minute.

The top load bobbin is indeed a boon to the user. It saves a lot of time and efforts because the bobbin loads very efficiently without consuming a lot of time. However, unlike most of the machines on the list, it isn’t as portable as its counterparts and is difficult to move once fixed on a sewing table.

Pros, Cons & Reviews

If one gets acquainted with all the features and figures out a way to thread the machine using the manual, it is a very simplistic and effective machine to have at a disposal. However, we suggest that one closely observes the manual as it is a bit difficult to understand at the start. It may be a bit intimidating for the beginners to use the machine. With time, one can use the machine to the full extent. One doesn’t even need to fidget with the settings while switching from lightweight to heavy fabrics.

The best part of the machine is its sturdiness. One can blindly rely on the productiveness of the sewing machine. Its simplistic approach towards the sewing processes makes it one of the best heavy duty sewing machines on the market. It is an absolute workhorse and would’ve been on the top 3 sewing machines if the company had managed to cut down on its weight.


Janome HD1000 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

A machine with a powerful motor is the best used for upholstery jobs. Janome HD1000 is one such machine which provides ample power a strength to undertake heavy duty projects. HD1000 stresses on giving all the basic features for the users. Unlike most of the machines on the market today, it is less fancy but more effective. It can sew through most of the fabrics including jeans and leather. Go through any heavy duty sewing machine blogs on the internet, and one would find its mention.




Its simplistic approach and effective use make it a hot favorite amongst the seamstresses. It is an excellent device for the skilled seamstresses and novice seamstresses alike. Also, it is available at a very low cost in the market, which has been a trademark ploy of the Janome.

Features & Specifications

The machine consists of 11 built-in stitches that include utility stitches, stretch stitches, and rare decorative stitches. Also, it comes with an automated 4 step buttonhole which is very easy to use. It is built with cast aluminum like the traditional sewing machines. No wonder, it stands the test of time like the good old machines. The company boasts the tagline that the Janome HD1000 is made to last.

There are a lot of accessories that come with the machine. Overall, it makes a fruitful buy compared to a number of accessories and the efficiency the machine provides. The accessories include bobbins, needles, screwdrivers, seam ripper, zipper foot, etc. The automatic needle threader and front load bobbin makes it one of the easiest to use sewing machines on the list.

Pros, Cons, and Reviews

The most loved feature of the Janome HD1000 is its metal body. Although the company doesn’t give a guarantee on bobbin being jammed, it hardly jams up. Many professional seamstresses write off Singer when it is directly compared to other counterparts, but this machine can be an exception. Sewing on this machine is a cakewalk. It is fast and provides absolutely professional results.

The machine is a bit heavy, quite to the nature that it is built for the industrial use. It can be used for domestic purposes owing to its simplistic nature. One would be surprised to see the work covered by the machine. It can easily sew through tough fabrics like jeans and leather. Therefore, it makes an excellent option for jeans and denim sewing machine.


Tacsew GC6-6 Industrial Sewing Machine

It is again, one of the best industrial sewing machines available at the market today. One can blindly trust on the performance of the machine. It is sturdy to the core and can provide excellent finished results. The best part of the machine doesn’t need to be oiled regularly. It does the oiling job all on its own. It has two basic stitches, straight and reverses, which is again intended towards maintaining the simplicity of the machine.




Specifications & Features

The machine follows a very simple approach when it comes to its construction. The stitch length can vary from 0mm to 8mm. It is a dedicated sewing machine for the upholstery jobs. Therefore, it is safe to say that it is an exclusive upholstery sewing machine. The bobbin style is different from rest of the machine. It has a Big M styled bobbin which is distinctive from rest of its counterparts.

Pros, Cons, & Reviews

The machine is a great product for the price at which it is offered. It is really fast when it comes to its sewing speeds. Therefore, it is meant for the professional seamstresses only. Novices would take a lot of efforts and patience to use the machine efficiently.

With this, we conclude our article dedicated to the best upholstery sewing machines on the market. We hope that our readers were able to get ample information to clear all the doubts they had in regards to the sewing machines.