These vintage machines are often cheaper, more durable and less technologically complex (meaning they don’t break down as often and are easier to repair). They’re also readily available on eBay and Craigslist. For this reason, many DIY-clothing devotees with a passion for reducing, reusing and recycling swear by old-school sewing machines. Granted, many vintage models are electric powered so you’re not saving much energy. However, at least one subset of purists (e.g., fans of the website Treadle On) prefer going completely off grid with “human-powered” machines that use a hand crank or treadle.