Request advice on sewing machine purchase. Sew belly dance costuming, dancewear, and evening wear. Need a machine that can sew: beaded trim, sequin trim, silk chiffon to lycra stretch, to heavy fabrics with buckram. Would like a machine that has the following features: self-threading, drop in bobbin, stop/go button – in addition to the foot pedal, presser foot that creates a handkerchief hem for chiffon and silks, has overlock serger-like stitch. What machines and models do you recommend. I have looked at Baby Lock – but this company only made sergers 25 years ago when I purchased my simple off-brand mechanical sewing machine. Sewing machine prior to this last one was a very small portable Singer machine.
Please send recommendations for shopping. Thank you. Ma*Shuqa