The wife asked me a while back for a frame to hold laundry bags, instead of using the baskets we do now. I have yet to make the frame but today I sewed the bags. I traded for a few yards of canvas duck material last year. I had been waiting to find a use for it.
The only problem with this is that, when I went to use the sewing machine my Grandmother had given us, it was not working well. I ended up taking it apart and it had a broken gear. Having replaced gears before, in Singer sewing machines, I took a look at where this gear was located and decided I might look at newer machines.
I found a “Heavy Duty” Singer for $119, Brand New. After speaking with my Mother-in-law, who is an amazing seamstress, she recommended a simple machine. I got this one. No fancy business. 11 stitches and it does button holes. Perfect, I ordered it.
I have a tiny bit of sewing experience, I took a home economics class way back when and have putzed around a bit. But this machine really amazed me. It is very strong and has no issue sewing through 4 layers of canvas. I made the bags like giant pillow cases and sewed the top over so I could put grommets and paracord to close them.