I have been sewing on my Brother XL-3750 for almost 3 years now, and it has been a great starter machine. I believe I paid around $100 for it and it has definitely served it's purpose. Of course I will still be using it for button holes, small projects, etc, but I am now in the market for a straight-stitch industrial machine.
Now, my dream machine is the Juki DDL-8700:
Photo from http://www.juki.co.jp
Here is my problem, though. We are a military family and are moving in March, and then again a year later. And the last thing I want to do is to have to take this machine apart twice to move!!! I just don't want to risk breaking it and umm...PUTTING IT TOGETHER 3 TIMES.
So, I've narrowed down my choices to these two machines:
Photo from http://www.sewvacdirect.com
And Janome 1600P-DBX
Photo from http://content.janome.com
So now I need your help!!! What machine do you swear by? Which one would you choose?
I need a great, reliable machine that will keep an even stitch when I am sewing several layers of fabric. Those are my bottom lines, so any advice you can give me would be so great!