Originally Posted by Pag
With a nice servo an industrial is far easier to sew with IMO. Even the cheaper styles usually come with knee lift, allowing both hands to hold fabric. With a nice servo, back tack and trim threads are controlled with the nice large pedal and speed control is very easy.
I've used a knee lift and it can be nice under some circumstances. However, I have found that I don't use it enough to make it a desirable feature. If I had one I would use it occasionally but... eh... I don't turn enough corners at high speed to make it important to me.
There's no question that a pedal foot control is easier to get the hang of than those stupid button controls, but I'm not sure if I would care enough about the pedal size for the kind of stitching I do.
If you do tailoring or small parts stitching all that can make make a difference. But for the average home gear maker.... if you want to spend the money.... you won't throw it down the drain. But it seems overkill to me.