I'm in the market for a sewing machine for bag making.
My 60's Bernina has died and is not worth repairing according to the local repair place. The pedal has given out and to be honest it used to struggle with Cordura seams once they got somewhat thick, despite it being old/heavy/supposedly a good Singer 201k alike
I thought I wanted a Juki dnu-1541, I watched a few videos of middle aged men enthusing about how the walking foot will climb over anything as they merrily rip through big stacks of leather. Tijmen patiently pointed out to me that this is not the be all and end all and that a needle feed machine might be more appropriate if I am trying to have a "one machine to do it all" - that the walking foot is not that preferable for some lighter/liner materials.
Do people have suggestions for a machine around the 1k mark, new or used, available in the UK that is suitable for bike bag type purposes? 1000D Cordura being the thickest thing it is likely to sew. Industrial, straight stitch, something with decent parts availability in the UK.