Re: Buying a workhorse/industrial sewing machine.
If you are going to purchase a machine I would recommend an industrial. If you plan on tnting your pads a straight sewer would be best if you plan on making a combo of both then buy the industrial serger and have a cheapo home machine to topstitch anything.
I have both an industrial straight sewer and serger (both jukis) and honestly I prefer them over my home machines (biggest problem with being a crafter is that you end up "collecting" machines ). The reason I recommend industrials is because no matter HOW OLD an industrial is it will ALWAYS have a lower maintenance rate as well as a high resell value unlike home machines. Yes, they cost more but you can find a used one for a more reasonable price than some of the fancy computerized home machines. And they're easy to care for because you can see the parts (also unlike home machines where you have to take them somewhere to get serviced)