Besides being a freelance writer, I also work as a tailor and pattern maker for film and television. In the over 30 years that I have worked in this role, I have used a wide variety of sewing machines – and currently own 14 of them. While my high-speed industrial machine of choice is the classic Juki DDL 8700 and its ancestor the ridiculously heavy (read: definitely not portable) DDL 555-4, my favorite portable sewing machine is a lightweight Brother.
I own two of their SC9500s which of course are no longer manufactured. The new version of this machine is: