Everyone who enjoys the art of sewing wonders about graduating onto more heavy duty sewing machines. The reason for this is that a more heavy duty machine offers a lot more than normal sewing machines and most sewing hobbyists begin with a simple sewing machine designed for beginners.
Patch work quilts are timeless, are they not? Patch work quilts have been manufactured for hundreds of years, because in essence a patch work quilt is made from off-cuts of cloth. A housewife would make a set of curtains and keep the off-cuts. Then she would create some clothes and store the off-cuts.
Sewing machines today are very well-built machines. They will usually last for years without much trouble. When trouble does arise, only a few sewing machine parts will require replacement. Case in point is the myriad of antique sewing machines that are still in use today.