I just bought a brand new Brother CE11000PRW, which works great for most applications. But, I was surprised at all of the flimsy plastic parts and I am not very confidence it could handle 2 layers of packcloth.
I used to work in a shop repairing sails and I loved those burly all metal machines. However, those machines were pretty high end and, TF, expensive.
I'd like to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $3-5 hundred for a used, good quality, reliable machine, preferably one that has readily available parts. I want it to handle heavier fabrics like packcloth. Being able to do a bar tack would be gravy.
What should I look for in terms of features?
Is my price range in the ballpark or wishful thinking?