For wiring a single-phase motor, the most important objective is to distinguish the starting circuit from the main winding. These two circuits are isolated from one another electrically if the lead wires are separarted and not in contact with each other. Initially, the ohmeter can be used to determine which wire belongs to which circuit as well as checking continuity between leads.
Magnetically soft materials, however, tend to be more expensive. The motor manufacturer must find that proper blend of just enough magnetically soft material to do the work required without putting too big a dent in the customer wallet.
The power of simple is manifested in that others were able to build from the foundation Einstein identified and defined. They were able to accomplish things they most likely could not have otherwise. We also have experienced this phenomenon. Consider Ohm law. Georg Ohm did the hard work and broke down the complex to a simple law. We use the principles contained in that law as a starting point to understand the complexities of electricity and circuit dynamics.
Here is where metallurgy comes into play. A motor rich in magnetically soft material will be more efficient, producing more work with less heat. And since the magnetic capacity of a motor also is influenced by the amount of active material (more core, more laminations), the tendency might be to try to add as much magnetically soft material to your design as possible.