Do you need special needles for the sewing machine?
Buy the largest dia needles available for your machine. That will reduce skipped stitches. Increase the down pressure of your foot if using a home machine. Use upholstery thread if you can't get V92 thread locally. Or use sailrite.com. Note that sailcloth is generally heavy and while the tote bags don't have a lot of layers, adding the binding tape does add bulk and you would benefit from a walking foot machine.
Having made many totes on a Sailrite LSZ-1 machine, I believe that they are within the capability of most home machines too.