I honestly never thought I would want a 'thread injector'. I had thought about getting one over the past year (pre hammock forums for me) due to the fact that I am 5'7 with about a 28 or 29 inseam. It makes sense for me to have my jeans hemmed that I wear in public, but to pay to hem something like PJ pants (because apparently all men should have a 34" inseam) is just ridiculous. At least to me.
I went to the thread injector repair shop that is 2 blocks from my apt today. Strangely enough there are two sewing stores within a block of each other and within 2-3 blocks of me. I would have never thought that in this modern day there would be a need for such a thing, but I guess I lucked out! The gentleman (yes, I said man!) who owns the sewing machine store is somewhat known. He was the head warranty technician for Singer in the 70's. I imagine he knows his stuff and from the reviews on Yelp, I have read that he does.
Now to the meat of it. I went in there asking for a machine from the 60's or 70's. He asked if I want a 'black'. I told him I don't know much and explained what I want the machine for. He told me he has a Singer 972 black in stock for $60 that only sews a straight stitch. He also said that the machines in the 60's and 70's were made with inferior metals and he really doesn't suggest that I buy that one. He brought out a Janome my excel 23L. He showed it to me, it is white with a metal body and a plastic front cover, but the main body is metal. He told me it is a better machine than the old Singer, has more than a straight stitch (zig zag, etc.) and it would cost me $125. I haven't started negotiating but told him I would be back after I researched the machines.
I want to make gear and hem pants. That is all I ever expect to have to do. So, what do the diy hammock experts recommend? Sorry for my lengthy post!