Metal Housing on Sewing Machines– Why it is so important

Everyone knows the story of the 3 little pigs…

The first little pig built his house out of straw, and the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down.

The second little pig built his house out of twigs, and the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down.

But the third little pig built his house out of bricks, and the the big bad wolf huffed and puffed, but he couldn’t blow down the house of bricks.

A common misconception that many people have is that modern sewing machines aren’t made of metal like sewing machines from the old days. They think modern machines are made of straw and twigs. This is not true. Dan, owner and chief technician of The Sewing Machine Shop, will only carry machines that are designed with metal housing. You could walk through the shop with one of our technicians and have him take apart every machine that we sell, and you would see that every single machine is designed with metal housing.
This principle of metal housing is very important to Dan and to the philosophy of his business. It’s understandable why the misconception exists. Many machines have plastic outer shells that are purely cosmetic, that cover the metal housing and make the machine lighter than old machines with metal shells. Also, if you google search “best sewing machine,” you will see a bunch of cheap Amazon and Walmart machines with 5 star reviews that are designed without metal housing and are all plastic inside, like cheap toys.

 

This principle of metal housing is very important to Dan and to the philosophy of his business. It’s so important that he called Janome and asked if he could buy just the metal housing to his favorite machine, not even the machine itself, so he could prove this principle to anyone who walks into the store. Janome thought it was a great idea. The other day we received a package in the mail that contained the metal housing of one of Dan’s favorite machines, the Janome Continental M7:

The M7 is the brick house sewing machine in the world.

The metal housing that supports all the internal components (needle bar, hook assembly, feed dogs, etc.) is of the highest quality, whether we are talking old school or modern machines. The 13.5 inch throat space is largest in the industry and beloved by quilters. The flatbed design is beloved by garment sewists who have fond memories of learning on industrial clothing machines. It is also the only machine in the home sewing industry equipped with a brushless servo motor, giving it unparalleled power beloved by crafters who sew bags, rope, and other thick materials. And, despite all that capability, the machine still sews smooth because of that gorgeous metal housing.

 

Long story short, thh M7 is a wonderful tool for creativity– it is not a cheap plastic toy you throw away after a year or two:

Dan’s “Tool vs. Toy” Explanation Video

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