After the oiling job, I decided to see how the machine did at sewing through 8-9 ounce leather. I'd seen some videos on Youtube of people sewing leather with a domestic machine and figured what better time than now to see for myself how well it worked. Also in the last month I'd seen a seller on a popular auction site selling standard domestic sewing machines for prices quite a bit higher than what I would have guessed. My thinking is that this person can get the prices he does because the machines are marketed as industrial strength and he shows them sewing through just about everything. Another blogger also mentioned a similar realization recently. I guess I need to do better marketing to get better prices on my sales (more than my average $5 or $10 profit...)
Anyway, here is the video of this New Home 270 machine eating through heavy leather. Oh, and you'll thank me for this, it's only 3 minutes long.