My ‘go-to’ sewing machine is the classic Singer my mother brought in
These workhorse machines (even sew through multiple layers of
denim!!) are all metal - no plastic. They can be found on
Craigslist, at yard sales and estate sales, usually for very little
(less than US$50 in a cabinet), because they are common and only sew
straight forward and backward. If the buttonhole attachment is
included, it’s a bonus because they make a beautiful buttonhole.
I have a second machine, a basic Janome, I bought to *do zigzag and
blind hemming. **It’s OK, but clunky. That old Singer - sews
beautifully and quietly - quilters love them.
My suggestion? Have two machines. Find an old, all-metal Singer for
cheap to zip through straight-stitched seams. Then try out all the
other brands at a store and take scraps of denim, jersey, and
broadcloth to test them. LISTEN to the machines. Run them at high
speed. Run them slowly, which is touchy and not all machines do it
smoothly. Especially test them embroidery stitches are superfluous.
There you have my humble opinion, based on nearly 50 years of home
sewing and award-winning garments.
Judy in Kansas, where today is supposed to be rainy all day. What a
lovely August so far!