If you love to sew and want a sewing machine that looks and functions more impressively than a traditional one, why not purchase a steampunk sewing machine? A lot of people have made their own and you can too. Below is a breakdown of what a steampunk styled sewing machine is, how you can get one, and if you can’t get one pre-made how you can make your own.

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What is a Steampunk Sewing Machine?

A steampunk sewing machine is a extremely powerful sewing machine that has been redesigned with an artistic mix of industrial artwork (such as adding metal gears and curved metal parts). The design ideas follow steampunk fashion which is a sub-genre of steampunk. Steampunk is a movement in science fiction that blends the Victorian era’s romantic view of science in literature and elements that originate from the Industrial Revolution.

Where to Buy

Certain individuals have crafted their own steampunk sewing machines and at some point choose to sell them. You can browse for them on this website like Ebay or Etsy. The other option is to go to a local store such as Goodwill or Salvation Army and buy there. They’re not decorated like the ones on the web, but with a few metal gears and some creative vision you can make your very own steampunk sewing machine.

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How to Make Your Own

Creating your own steampunk styled sewing machine isn’t difficult. All you need are some metal gears and a powerful sewing machine. Most modern day steampunk fashion involves the blending of heavy leather and metal and most normal sewing machines aren’t powerful enough to sew through the leather. One example of a powerful sewing machine, although very modern in design, is the Toyota STF39 which can sew through denim and upholstery.

Once you’ve found your ideal sewing machine, add whatever you feel will make your sewing machine more Victorian and industrial. This could be some old or new brassy bits such as a propeller, a pressure gauge, nuts and bolts, etc. Designing a steampunk sewing machine is very individual since it is based solely on taste so feel free to let your creativity go and before you know it, you’ll have the perfect sewing machine for all of your crafty steampunk fashion projects.