Promised wife a sewing machine for her birthday. She likes to make blankets etc. and has been using an antiquated Singer 2210 given her by a friend. She likes the Janome MC9500 but its alot more than I expected. Is this a good machine for sewing layers of fabric or thicker fabrics like boat canvas? She likes the embroidery function but it seems like it would make the machine more vulnerable to damage on thick jobs but if we can only afford one machine is this the model? I'm clueless when it comes to sewing.