I have a heavy duty all metal Bernina machine, this is a home machine not a true commercial machine. The machine is up to the task and easily sews thick leather or 6 layers of sunbrella. I however am not very talented with cloth and found getting good results on the projects to be more difficult than I thought they would be. I've pulled off tiller covers and salon cushion covers and similar projects but I paid to have a new dodger made last year. I have found repairs to be pretty straight forward and things like leather chafe gear very easy.
My advice would be to borrow a machine and try a simple project before making the investment in a nice machine of your own. See if you like it and see if you have the aptitude.
Allthough I got a Berninna machine instead of a Sailrite I have bought a ton of stuff from Sailrite and have found them to be a first class shop with excellent inventory and helpful staff.
Last edited by Lion35; 03-14-2008 at 06:51 PM.