Sewing Machine Terminology

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(Last Updated On: 23 August 2017)

Domestic and Industrial Sewing Machine

Domestic sewing machines and industrial lockstitch machines have much in common. Both types of machine function similarly, but sometimes the functionality is represented differently.

This article will show the common features of both machine types and how they are represented.

This is an industrial lockstitch machine. It has the same functionality as a basic domestic sewing machine. Industrial machines are very rugged and long-lasting. This machine is over 30 years old and still works perfectly.
Basic domestic sewing machine.

Machine Terms


The horizontal part of the head that houses the drive shafts.

Arm – industrial machine

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