I showed my wife this diy forum and she is very much amicable to the idea of making a lot of our own gear and doing some experimenting. She's the one who sews, but her machine is an old bottom of the line plastic Viking that is clunky and jams up a lot. I decided to get her a new machine (one that I can also learn on) and I'm set on getting a Janome. Would this one be enough to make/repair some gear (stuff sacks, utility bags, quilts, maybe even make a hammock)? Janome Magnolia 7318
Or, is it worth the extra c-note to spring for this one? It seems to me (but I am a dunce with this stuff) to be the same machine, but with an aluminum body. Janome HD1000
Any opinions on these two will be appreciated. Thanks.