Very often a production facility of some sort will need to invest in a bag or heavy-duty sewing machine. Cloth bags cannot be put through a heat closer or anything that would just melt the two flaps shut, and sewing is often needed to close off rope, twine, and similar pieces. As with any other equipment you may get for your production line, you want to ensure you take the time to shop carefully and note all the features and factors to consider. Consider a few of those here so you know you get the right sewer for your facility.

1. Programmable shapes

Being able to sew different shapes into your materials is about more than just creating a logo or adding an initial to a package. You might need different shapes to increase the strength and durability of seams that are used to close packages and tie off ropes and other pieces. For example, some items may need to be sewn in an H or X shape to keep the end closed off. If you purchase a machine that only sews in one direction, you may then need to manually move the packaging, rope, or other piece. This can add to the time needed to finish the sewing and make it very imprecise as well.

2. Drive type

A heavy-duty machine with a clutch motor that uses mechanical linkages and actual gears can often exert more power than an electric machine that doesn't work with actual mechanical parts, but which may have electrical signals that cause the needle to move. The heavy-duty machine with an actual clutch and linkages can exert more power and be a better choice for very thick materials such as canvas or leather. They may be louder and may need more maintenance as these parts break down, but trying to use a lightweight electric machine on thick fabrics can mean constant broken needles and seams that simply come apart, if the sewing is completed at all.

3. Feed style

Machines used in industrial facilities may have a puller that keeps product moving along the line, but this can be damaging to any type of material that may be pulled out of shape, such as cotton. Pullers might also catch threads of canvas and fabric bags. For these materials, it can be better to use a manual machine that you feed by hand or that uses a simple conveyor rather than an actual pulling mechanism.

Talk to a company like W.A. Bag Closing Equipment for more information.