hey Imblebee, thanks so much for dropping in, your info is so useful!
Are there special needles for leather, denim, etc like on domestic sewing machines, or are they generally all-purpose?
Ooh, I hadn't thought about the finger part of it, yowtch. Both my grandmother and my mom have sewn over their fingers using their (domestic) machines, so I'm basically just trying to buck the trend
The fact that this machine will be so much faster and more powerful is slightly worrisome -- I'll definitely focus on keeping my fingers out of the way of the needle!
Do you pin things any differently? Or do you use alternatives to pinning, like double-sided seam tape, or clips?
How important is reversing? I know not all industrial machines have that ability, but I forgot to ask if hers does or not. It's definitely something I use a lot on my domestic, so are there alternatives if I'm not able to on the industrial?
What about feet? It's got a walking foot -- will that be okay for leather/vinyl, or would a teflon foot be better?
thanks for all your help -- I really, really appreciate the info