Plastic vs. Metal: A Sewing Machine Shopper’s Conundrum
Consider the merits of both types of sewing machines.
Since I purchased my first sewing machine, a vintage, nearly all-metal Kenmore from the early 1980s, I’ve been a vocal proponent of metal sewing machines. Built like tanks and usually able to sew through eight layers of denim, these old machines seemed to me like a better value than their contemporary plastic counterparts.
About four years ago, however, I decided to open my mind a bit. I knew from my blog readers, as well as from the many online reviews I read about new machines on sites like PatternReview.com and Amazon, that a great many sewers at all levels of experience love plastic machines. Limiting myself to a budget of roughly $125, I decided to pick one up for myself. I am glad I did.
Plastic has its virtues, as do machines that are brand new. I am happy to report that, while my preference is still for the…
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