Here is my report on China walking foot sewing machine like Sail Rite. I have had three Thompson walking foot machines over the years and got pretty good at setting them up. Two of them I picked up pretty cheap. One had the needle in backwards and they cold never get it to sew. One hat a bad foot controller. I used all them doing odd jobs, and sold them making a profit. I wanted one that would do zig-zag and a 9' arch. So that narrowed it down pretty quick to a China made walking foot.(in my price range) I have read quite alot about Sail Rite and every one likes them and they say they are the copy of the Thompsons. I have never personally seen one but for the Thompsons, they were well made and had goood metal in them. I figured if I got the Chkina made one, and if parts were not up to parr with Thompsons, I would canablize the Thompson and switch parts. There are a bushel basket of China made machines, Omega, tac sew, Barrcuda, Family sew, Tac Sew Con Sew , Chandler, New Tech. It would be interesting of you had them all together and see if there is really any differance in quality and workman ship, along with Sail Rite. I have heard horror stories about the China made machines, some said they were junk and could never be made to sew right. I ordered the New Tech from E Bay. No certain reason, just free shipping and it had the handle on top and had the 9" arch or throat. I would not consider the gurantee on any of them worth anything. as you would have to send it back. When I received my machine, the first thing I did was oil it good every where. I took the needle out and presser foot. Plugged it in and when I turned it on it sounded like the old hand crank corn grinder or a thrashing machine. I thought it was going to fly apart. I ran it for about 2 hours at medium speed, (oiling it) Then about two hours at higher speeds and about a hour varying the speeds. Filnally it quited down pretty good (still not as smooth as the Thompson) I then reinstalled the needle and foot. I found that the walking foot was not set right at all and would not sew. I finally got that set right following the experence I had from Thompsons. Then the thread tensioner flew off and I stepped on a part and broke it looking for it, (cheap made) I had a old tensioner from a Morse, put it on and worked great. The when sewing the motor had little power. I took the motor off the Thompson and was going to put it on and discovered it would not fit nor any other parts. You could see that the metal was not near as the Thompsons and screws in it were real soft and easyly stripped.. (Is the Sail Rite like this) Next I took the 1.5 amp motor off and mounted a 1.5 motor off the Morse. A big improvement. Then I ordered the 2.5 amp motor on E Bay and that really made it work fine and then I threw away the cheap foot controller and had a old one off a Huskyvarna. I wonder if the Sail Rite are really made to the quality of the Thompsons as I have never really saw one? I know I would be really disappointed if I got a Sail Rite and it was nothing more than a polished China made machine . Would I reccomend a China made machine? I can't say. Its a big gamble. I am pretty satisfied with the outcome of mine but you had better be prepared for some tinkering and up dating to get it to work. A Sail Rite with the 9 ' arch would probably cost around $1,700. No more than I do I could not justify that. So I would like someone who has a Sail Rite and owned a Thompson give me your opinion on the workmanship compared to each other and the China made and is there really any differance between the China brands? Everything on the Thompson was made heavier, including the walking foot part, rods, brackets, gears.