Looking for advice on new machines
This is my first post, and I hope someone can help me out. I’m a costumer and corsetier, and I’ve been struggling along with my mother’s 30-year-old, not-terribly-reliable Brother machine for years now. I think the time’s finally come to get my own machine, but though I’m swamped with information on the ‘net, I’d love some feedback from people who actually USE machines, not the companies themselves. (But yes, the comparison chart was immensely helpful– I just need more info!)
My main needs are something with an adjustable presser foot, and that can handle anything from silk up to and including a couple of layers of medium-weight garment leather. A few decorative stitches are nice, but I don’t use them very often, so they’re not a priority. I don’t use a zipper foot very often, either, but having one would be nifty. In a perfect world, I’d also love something that can do rounded buttonholes/eyelets, but I really want to stay under $400. Under $300 would be even spiffier. I was looking at the White 2037 which I saw on the Threads chart, but I’m not sure how suited it is to heavier fabrics.
Anyone have any suggestions? I’m not even sure what manufacturers or retailers are decent any more!