I want to buy a used machine and there are a few Singer Featherweights for sale. Will it do what I need for sewing ripstop, etc? I know a few of you on here have one, but I just want to make sure this would work ok as my only machine.

Does it use standard stuff (needles, etc) that I can just pick up at the local store?

I borrowed my neighbors plastic wally world Singer to make a few things and it is slightly annoying.