Readers often ask us: What's the best basic sewing machine?
This Singer is it, says our crafts editor Nicholas Andersen.
"It's not complicated but has a full set of functions -- you'll keep it forever."
Our thread of choice is Gutermann polyester. It's stronger than cotton types and comes in terrific colors.
Singer Confidence $250, singerco.com
Sew-All Thread $2 for a 110-meter spool, by Gutermann, joann.com