Re: Buying a workhorse/industrial sewing machine.
When I had my cloth pad biz, I used a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 - it sewed through crazy layers of OBF and flannel like they weren't even there. As long as you have it serviced frequently, it should be fine. They also have a model 118 that has the speed control. I've had mine for 4 years now, love it! I bought mine at the sewing gallery in a Joann Fabrics, they still sell them.