Since there are folks on that I believe possess the knowledge I need in this process, I figured I'd make this post. I need to purchase a sewing machine (preferably used) and it doesn't need to have any fancy options. What I do need from it is:
- sturdiness and reliability
- reasonably easy to get replacement parts, and preferably easy to make repairs myself
- can handle thick fabrics. Needs to at least handle denim, duck, and canvas. Preferably it could also handle somewhat thin (6-8oz) leather, but I know that would be asking a lot
- cost < $400
Any expert advice would be appreciated. An expert willing to help me go through craiglist adds (or go to stores that would sell used machines) would be really appreciated...