Against my better judgment and principally due to the fact that I'm tired of things not fitting me, I'm considering the purchase of a sewing machine to make my own gear.
My mother in-law is a home economics teacher and suggested the Singer brand because I likely only need basic stuff and commercial grade would be overkill.
When I contacted Singer and told them of my plans and what I wanted to make, they literally listed all but two of their machines as capable. Let's just say I wasn't dazzled with their customer service.
So, I turn to you BPL community, which inexpensive but reliable sewing machine should I buy which is capable of sewing packs, tarps, sleeping bags, and clothing which a complete novice won't screw up?