Fairly active Grandpa and I have always had an interest in sewing heavy materials, just never had a good "in" to pursue it when I was younger. Now Youtube can teach you almost anything. Watched a lot of videos and bought a Singer 211A156AA needle feed. Then learned I really needed a walking foot and I fell into a deal on a Consew 226. So far for big projects I've built a window seat cushion and re-slung two Sling type outdoor lounge chairs.