OK so its been close to 40 years since I had shop/home econ where I learned to use a sewing machine. I am interested in making my own tarp, UQ and OQ as time allows. My question is are there any recommended models of machine to buy for the job? How about brands or models to stay away from? Secondly what setting or type of stitches are best for the job. If there are old threads that discuss this I apologize in advance for rehashing the topic, but I did not find any with a search. Thanks.