Hello. My name is Patrick. Most folks call me Paddy. My wife calls me things you can't put on a family site. Anyway, I'm new to the leather sewing machine world and was wondering if anybody had any experience with the Sailrite brand of machines. I am interested in machines that will sew medium weight veg-tan for uses such as dog collars and leashes, belts, wallets, handbags, etc. The person I'm dealing with is confident that it will be more than adequate for what I need and I semi-trust him in that he has already told me that the walking foot that comes with the machine could mar the surface of the leather, but that another foot is available for that. I just though I would solicit the opinions of those that really do know this stuff and who don't have a dog in the fight, as in trying to sell me something. However, if Cobra Steve (or any other representative of a machine manufacturer) would like to comment, please feel free.