I have this one and I *love* it. http://www.kenmore.com/shc/s/p_10154_12604_02019233000P?vName=Home&cName=Sewing+Machines&sName=Electric+Sewing+Machines&prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=L3 It is reliable and has done a great job from satin to knits to jeans. I have a much more expensive Babylock that I got for embroidery, but find myself going back to this one for my everyday sewing.
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Meeee tooooooooo.....I so would love to upgrade to at least a digital machine, then I wouldn't have to mess w/ the tension so much...ugh But I do have one of my mom's old machines...I need to look into that. hmmmm????
Another vote for vintage machine. I found a Rocketeer in a table for $100 in the local paper. I'd been watching for one for several weeks. A lady was selling it- it had been her mom's and was well taken care of. Just needed a cleaning. One day I would like to get a new cord on it since the plug it has isn't polarized and kind of bent. It's an awesome machine- I've done some very basic quilting, sewing of clothes and diapers, blankets, etc. I love it!