For any / all interested there is a parallel discussion thread
DIY Canvas Tips Tricks & Recommendations
that includes some discussion re: machines and many other related topics.
In post #32 of the above discussion I provided a Sailrite marketing contact info - if anyone is contemplating purchasing a Sailrite machine it may be worthwhile to check to see if they have any specials running or planned in the near future. I believe they frequently have "boat show" special pricing or free shipping - worth asking at least.
I've provided links both ways to help everyone find related & useful info.
Note there is a also a thread
DIY Canvas - Show Off Your Projects
that has some sample work by us "amateurs"...
Please feel free to post photos of your projects.