Ive been thinking about getting a big boy sewing machine. I learned to sew on a machine with automatic thread cutting, start stop tacks and needle positioning and I sort of miss it but don’t think it’s worth the ~€500 premium?
See a lot of people talking about the Juki 8700 but then it might not be powerful enough for 500d cordura and xpac according to some? But I find it hard to imagine it wouldn’t be able to handle what my domestic machine can do?
Walking foot 1181 is better for heavy fabrics but I’d lose the ability to do light stuff from what I understand? I’m sort of keen to get into making jackets out of lighter ripstop (20d I guess, not ultralight sub 10d stuff) but I suppose I could still do that on the domestic machine.
I also saw seemingly identical machines under the ZOJE brand for half price, bad idea?
Oh and the main reason I want to upgrade is that I currently spend a lot of time adjusting thread tension for different stacks of fabric, from what I recall I never really had to do that. Bigger table is also a big plus.