I bought a second machine today, a used Thompson Mini-Walking Foot semi-industrial. My Janome was having a hard time sewing through thicker fabrics on bags and clothing so I figured before I break it I should find a machine that can do what I need. Thank you Craigslist! I bought it from a retired seamstress who services and resells machines. I have already tested it out, patched some Carhartt pants for a friend. It did the job beautifully and quickly. So far this is a very easy machine, it only does a straight stitch which is perfect since the Janome has other fancy stitches for lighter fabrics. I am very happy with my purchase. It's time for some serious sewing!