A trick with a ''home'' machine to make it feed the thread easier: soak the thread with teflon spray, let dry, then sew. Alternative is to soak a sponge with the PTFE lube and run the thread across it while you sew.
And then get a larger mass balance wheel for the machine .... or ADD weight/mass to it. Why a home machine has difficulty is that there is not sufficient energy stored in the lightweight balance wheel to "punch through" the heavier fabrics .... (without considering that the home machine probably has easily breakable plastic gears, etc.).
If want the stability of Tenura and dont have much to sew, just go to a drug store and get PTFE dental floss - same thing, less price.