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Re: Sailrite LS-1 or LSZ-1?
The zigzag mechanism on these machines is simple and unlikely to cause adjustment problems. The timing is what takes careful adjustment (should it go out), and Sailrite makes life a lot easier here by having good documentation.
Zigzag is useful in bag making for bar tacks and I've used it when doing repairs where the original stitching was zig-zag. I'm glad that I have it.
I bought a "clone" from Barracuda, but wish I hadn't gone that route. By the time I added the case, monster wheel, and Sailrite manual I was almost at Sailrite's pricing without the good support or benefits of their v2 improvements (the Barracuda is an older design).
I have a decent home machine too (Pfaff), but prefer using the Sailrite/Barracuda when working with Sunbrella and other heavy materials. The high torque/low speed is great for a amateur seamstress.