Originally Posted by jwr
Firstly, to be blunt (& in line with my handle): Have you tried the search function at all
on this topic?
There's a Lot
of information on these forums
on sewing/sewing machines. Including a full sub-forum on sewing, & sewing projects (the link to which is contained in my below attached link).
Secondly, it would help if you could better specify what use to which you aim to put the machine to. Particularly given that you're a Marine Service Provider
As if you intend to use it professionally, then you need a different type, & grade of machine, than one for lighter use.
And the starting 3 different threads on this topic speaks to not knowing what you want your machine for, or what functions & capabilities that it needs to have.
So that for us to be of assistance, you need to delineate those kinds of things for us (& especially, yourself).
Plus, since it sounds as if you're on the steep portion of the sewing learning
curve, then as with anything, you'll likely go though a few machines as you better learn to sew, & what you want to sew. So that your tool(s) best match the task(s) at hand/most common tasks which you take on.
Just as no one learns to sail on a VOR boat. But rather, comes up through the ranks, & many, many different boats, & a multiplicity of learned skills/skill sets, along the way; before getting to that level of sailing.
Also, it would make sense to reach out through your professional contacts to ask about this as well. Have you gotten much feedback via such? And if so, do you have a synopsis of this? More for yourself than us, but sharing it would help us direct you towards a machine.
Plus, being in the "industry", if you parley such correctly, it could garner you a substantial discount on a machine; new, or used. In addition to affording you a lot more contacts (first & second hand), than are available to the average person.
For example, once you roughly define what you're looking for in a machine, & you put out feelers for such in the marine
community via word of mouth. And then, odds are you'll be able to get a much better deal on a machine, than say, the average boat owner.
And not just an average machine, but a semi-pro, or fully professional grade one. Assuming that you want something with more; horsepower, capabilities, & reliability
, than just a home version.
Finally, here are some thoughts on machines. But as I said, there's plenty more on here, but for the looking.
There are some Key points in there, for anyone
looking for a machine.
And, yeah, now I'll go find the coffee pot, plus put on a something of a veneer of social graces. Maybe
You may take note of the title of the linked thread... if you're so inclined.