I just purchased a Consew 206RB-1 off of Craig's list for $750 dollars and it was perfect... So the deals are out there. I had an industrial Singer without the walking foot and it did not like multiple layer of medium material at all. The Consew 206RB has a walking foot and can sew thru 1/8" plywood with the correct needle and thread. I've sewn some lighter fabrics with the Consew with good results. I think the trick will be in the setup of the machine. Use a smaller, rounded tip needle and lighter weight thread, and be sure to reset the tensions on the thread feed and bobbin case lighter and I think you'll be fine.