After forty years of extensive use our Singer has given out. It far outstripped our expectations and handled canvas, denim, light leather, etc.. It really outdid itself. We picked up a used machine for light sewing of button holes, hems, etc. at an action our local high school was having. They are getting rid of their home economics/sewing classes (we weep). So we bought a new Sailrite machine in November and unwrapped our Sailrite LSZ-1 Basic on Christmas. While labeled semi-industrial it is more than powerful for our needs and sews in straight and zigzag patterns. We are really delighted and are already envisioning ways to compliment our weaving with it.
It easily handles ten layers of canvas. Its walking foot feeds material like a dream and is essential for heavy material and quilting as well.
This is its first usage sewing canvas strips to synthetic jute to make a coarse sling for storing woven grass mats we made over the summer.