I'm about to take another plunge and purchase a Juki DDL-8700. A straight stitch, dressmaker head, industrial sewing machine. I strongly recommend, and will spend the extra money, purchasing the Japanese made machine as opposed to the Chinese assembled machine (from Japanese parts). In my opinion, Japanese made machinery has a better fit and finish, and I want this machine to last me the next 40 years.
I'm planning to buy from Atlas Levy for several reasons:
- I've ordered from them before and their service was prompt and reasonable
- They are on ebay
- They are willing to switch out the clutch for a servo motor (for a reasonable price)
- They support students, and offer a student discount
These are the types of businesses I like and want to support ... small and family run. Kinda like my restaurant choices.