Sewing Machines for Denim Jeans Manufacturing

For making denim jeans pants, primarily industrial sewing machines are used. Different level of technologies are available in jeans sewing machines. In this post, you will find basic sewing machine as well as latest automatic sewing machines used in jeans making. Here I have shown different machine types. The same machine type are available from many sewing machines brands. For the same machine types and from same company, different machine models are available. This article will cover followings -
  • List of different types of sewing machined for 
  • Best sewing machine brands for jeans manufacturing 
  • Application of the listed sewing machines 
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List sewing machines for denim jeans making factory

Denim fabric is thicker material compared to other clothing fabrics. For handing and sewing denim fabric normal sewing machines as well as heavy-duty sewing machines are required. Following machine list will be a helpful guide for selecting machines for your startup.

#1. Industrial Lock stitch machine
Lock stitch sewing machine comes in various types including -
  1. Single needle lock stitch machine with UBT or without UBT (under bed trimmer) 
  2. Double needle lock stitch machine
  3. Single needle lock stitch with Edge cutter
#2. Chain stitch machines

Chain stitch machines come in single needle chain stitch and double-needle chain stitch and multi-needle chain stitch machine. Watch the video of Chain stitch machine for waist band attaching operation.

#3. Over lock Sewing machines or over edge machine
Overlock machines is available 4/5 thread over lock machine and 3 Thread overlock machine.

Overlock machine

#4. Feed of the Arm (FOA) - for inseam and back yoke attach

#5. Bartack machine - for attaching belt loop

#6. Coverstitch machine / Flatlock machine
Multi-needle chain stitch machine

7. Eyelet hole machine (making eyelets)

8. Multi-needle chain stitch machine (Waistband finish)

9. Buttonhole machine

10. Pattern sewer - for back pocket pattern making

11. Snap button attaching machine

12. Loop making (a special machine)

Other than sewing machines you need work aids, sewing machine guides and attachments for various sewing operations.

Mostly used sewing machine brands for jeans making

The most common industrial sewing machine brands applicable for denim jeans making are listed here.
  • For flat lock operations: Multiple needle chain stitch machine you can go for Yamato machines, Kansai Special
  • For button hole / eyelet machine for Juki or Brother machine
  • For FOA machine for Juki 
  • For automatic waistband attaching machine – Kansai, VibeMac. AMF Reece
  • Auto pocket setter – Duerkopp Adler, Vibemac, Juki 
  • Bartack machine – Juki/ Brother/ Duerkopp
  • Cover stitch machine – Yamato, Kansai

Automatic sewing machine and automatic workstation

Automatic sewing machines for jeans making are available for the following operations
  • Automatic back pocket attaching machine (pocket setter)
  • Automatic belt loop making and belt loop attaching machine - there many sewing machine brands who makes automatic belt loop attaching machine. 
  • Automatic waistband attaching machines. A comparative analysis of different sewing machine brands are posted in this article.
  • Automatic J-stitch machine 
  • Machine brands for automatic jean machine include - PFAFF Industrial, VibeMac, AMF Reece, Kansai, Yamato etc. 

Application of sewing machine based on the machine types

See the list of sewing operations for five pocket jeans pant where I have listed machine types against all operations
  • Overlock machines - Serging leg panels, overlock front crotch, Zipper fly, Pocket bag closing, Size Seam, 
  • Single needle lock stitch - Bottom hemming, attaching label, pocket attaching and 
  • Double needle lock stitch - Back pocket setting
  • Feed of the arm - Back Yoke attach, Back Rise Join, Jeans Inseam 
  • Flat lock machine - Pocket attach, belt loop making
  • Bar tack machine - for tacking belt loop  
  • Snap buttoning - In jeans snap button is used. To attach the snap buttons in waistband snap button machine is required.


Starting a jeans factory you need different types of sewing machines, non-sewing machine, equipment, attachment and guides. You can get exact information of sewing machine features in the machine manufacturer's websites. Do further research and explore for the correct machine model for your product after reading this article.

Further reading

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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