I adore my Viking sewing machine, which has done fairly well on all but the thickest fabrics.
I'm not a greater sewer, but I am a costumer of several years. I'm a prop maker and those tend to far outshine the costume itself, but its the sewing I definitely have some problems with - specially having absolutely no training in it. (Not even say, my mother.)
Thanks for everyone's input! I think I am, for my purposes, going to pick up one of the Brothers and see how it goes - I can always move up to a better machine down the line if I find I really like it.
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