Hi. Another newbie to the site interested in buying an industrial machine.I have really appreciated all the insights on this website (especially the postings on machines by Wizcraft).
I have been sewing leather and suede handbags on a Bernina 730, and I have not been able to get through many of my designs with this machine. And, I worry that I could be putting undue stress on an expensive home machine. I have been looking at used and some new machines in my area, and I have been testing them out using a pile of about 8 layers of leather and suede (the most I could imagine sewing.)
I tried a used Juki 563, and found it was tough for me to change the stitch length. I also tried a Consew (new) 206, and wasn't sold there either.
I tried a Juki 1181 (new) which wasn't able to make it through my leather stack, but the dealer thought there was a problem with the bobbin and suggested I try it again after they had worked on it. They also had a used (probably at least 20 year old grey) Adler 167 which had no problem going through the leather. I was leaning toward the Adler although I am a bit worried since I am not "mechanical" and worry that an older machine might be prone to more issues. Also, I would need to switch out the motor to the servo motor which the new Juki already has. The dealer's service guy seemed to think I would be better off with the newer Juki since the price of the 2 was about the same by the time I switched out the motor.
Any thoughts on the tradeoffs of an older Adler vs. a new Juki. I do understand from reading this site that the Adler walking foot is probably a better choice for leather. Also trying to stay under $1300 since I already have one expensive machine! Thanks! Kate