[SewingFilter] We'd rather avoid making the worst sewing machine related purchase of our lives? Help us decide if getting an older machine could be a better choice than a newer model.
Background info, feel free to skip the next few paragraphs.
So, if you've been paying attention (or feel so inclined to backtrack through the stepping stones that are my AskMe history)
you know I'm getting married soon.
Now we're having to deal with the mess that is a wedding registry. I was against it altogether in the beginning but, being the magnanimous soon to be husband that I am, we are now waist deep in decisions and discussions regarding what sheets/kitchentowels/food processors/shower curtain rings to put on our registry.
We're simple people who are pretty environmentally aware and tend to be against the ethos of disposable consumerism. We'd much rather have quality stuff that lasts or that we can repair than something we're going to have to replace in X years. This means scrounging for deals on All-Clad pans, cast iron, wet shaving gear (his and hers), a shiny red '62 Beetle as a replacement for soon-to-be Mrs.Eld's trusty hand-me-down Saturn, an so on.
Those two things combined have brought us to the current dilemma:
Do we want a classy, durable
machine with support base and repair ability
well in hand but might be a bit
on the pricey
Or something more modern and with more [native
] abilities (that we likely won't use)
but potentially zero repair ability once we're beyond the warranty period, and will only depreciate in value beyond the amazon checkout screen? Like this
The future Ms.Eld comes from a family tradition of sewers with her maternal grandparents doing upholstery work as well as being far above average on the quilting/clothing making scale. Her sister has fashion design in her blood. We just want a portable for simple pillow/clothing/quilt repair along with the potential occasional hem task. We're far from family with a machine and pressed for space/time so portability is crucial.
I don't mind working on the machine as it needs it but I'm not looking for a side job or new hobby in sewing machine tinkering either... please advise.
tl;dr version: Old vs. New portable sewing machines. All factors combined, for the young couple that acts old, which is better?
Bonus points for a good way to bring up said purchase via registry since it will likely be an ebay/etsy/hunt forever type of purchase. Perhaps a gift-fund type thing?