So, I google around to find out what kind of machine would go through heavy fabric, and I kept reading about the Pfaff 130, which is a 50+ year old machine. Perfect! I don't care about fancy stitches or anything. I just want to go straight, zig-zag, but most importantly go through THICK fabric. The Pfaff 130 uses a large needle and has a 1.3 amp motor.
I got this one off of Ebay, and had it cleaned at AAA Sewing and Vacuum. After a few glitches, like trying to figure out how to thread it, and adjust the tension it took off like a champ. Almost too fast. This machine flies. And it purrs like a kitten at the same time. Then it stopped! It just stopped in the middle of a jacket I was sewing. (I'm making a double breasted jacket look like an Austrian jacket for Sound of Music.) I took the machine back to AAA, and apparently the way to fix a machine like this is you put it in the car, drive 10-15 miles, take it out of the car to show the sewing machine guy--and then it magically works again.)
Here's the machine
And the jacket
Also, David and I fixed up these two chairs for the store. They both are covered with mid-century fabric that I happened to have, and I think they look great.
Finally, here is Barbara and Russell's golf cart that we borrowed and decorated for the Patriot's Day parade. Kinda cute.