Good point about how to use a HC 31. I never thought about it that way, but then again I don't have a horse ( I only have a cockatiel (my baby)). And my 31 is a treadle, so he's a real slow kind of guy.
I haven't seen your Hitachi in person, only pictures. I agree, he's real purrrrrty.
Cathy I can see HCing a 31 if you just want to mend something like horse tack. My 31's scared the heck out of me when I first started to use them - they are so extremely fast! With a HC, I could go really slow to get perfect stitches - especially in something where the stitches are part of the design!
Cathy, have you seen my Hitachi? I need to take a new photo - I sanded and re-stained the table - he is very purrrty now! This is an original photo - before his re-do!