I've searched this site and read all the other information I could Google to try and find a decent entry level sewing machine for outdoor gear. Despite this effort, I'm still a bit confused about the features and terminology although I believe the Janome TB12 might be just what I'm looking for.
In one post, Roger listed the desirable features as follows:
* Lock stitch rather than a chain stitch, but very few machines provide a chain stitch these days.
* Loadable bobbin
* Adjustable upper tension
* Straight and 3-step zigzag
* Variable stitch length
* A light
* A wheel at the side to allow manual movement of the needle.
I think the TB12 has everything in this list but even after studying the info on their site I'm not 100% sure.
If anyone here has experience with this machine or wouldn't mind taking a minute to review the specs online I would appreciate any and all comments. The machine can be had for $199.