Recomendations for a basic work-horse
I’ve been sewing for several years now, mostly clothes. Lately I’ve started sewing garment weight leather. I have a 3 or 4 year old Baby Lock 6200. I just took it in for service because it was starting to clump up the bottom thread. After I got it back, I was trying to sew some velcro onto leather (the same leather I had previously sewn fine) and it kept missing the bottom thread and leaving long stretches (1-2 cm) of no stitches and then starting up again. I called the store and they told me to bring it in. I took with me the ruined piece I was trying to make and a previous piece that I made right before they worked on it. All they told me was that I needed a bigger leather needle (had been using leather needles all along). She gave me a larger sized one and it seemed to work ok then. It works ok on regular fabric with a regular needle. Then they told me that if I keep doing this type of sewing I would destroy the machine as it wasn’t made to do this type of heavy duty sewing on a long term basis. Then they proceeded to try to sell me a $1000 quilters professional type of machine. I paid $600 for this machine and except for this new problem it’s been great.
I can’t spend $1000 on a new machine. Are there other heavy weight machines out there that will sew garment weight leather without falling apart? Do I even need a new machine – will this one really fall apart when it seems like it goes through the leather with no strain? I worry that they were just trying to push a sale.
Thanks for any advice.