I did kill one sewing machine. It was a Kenmore from the 70's that I paid $10 for. But it's replacement, a $40 Necchi Mira I found on Craigslist could totally handle it. It's from 1953 and I love it so much.
Older sewing machines are so much better than the new ones and I could go on and on about that and it gets boring after awhile...probably.
But it is so true! My mom's machine is an Elna from the 50s, and it is a tank. The foot is almost the only plastic on it, it weighs a ton, but it has sewn all kinds of things -- and survived a scalding water flood -- with nary a problem.