Hi, everyone!

After a long time I finally decided to ask for your help as you're certainly more experienced at this than I am.
Long story short: since I'm starting my own line of accessories (including hats and caps), I'm thinking about getting an embroidery machine which can handle with most thick fabrics (like woolen ones). 
I worked with embroidery before, but it was a long time ago, and the only thing I remember is that I should look for the biggest hoop available. So another question: is there any other specs while working with hats I should be aware of? 

After some research, I've narrowed down my options to Singer Futura (as it was recommended by sewingpattern review) and Brother SE1900 (mentioned here, it seems to be easier to operate since I've dealt with Brother's machines before), but I'd like to consider other options as well. I'm leaning back to Futura, though I prefer to have a separate embroidery machine and I won't use it as a sewing machine almost certainly. 
I also heard that Janome's are great, but those ones that I saw in my local shop doesn't have a hat loop included. 

About my budget. As for now, anything that goes under 1300$ would be OK.
Need to mention that I plan to use it not only for hats but for shirts as well, so it might be a versatile model.

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