questionsany sewing machine recommendations?

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@shrdlu: Thanks. You (and some of the others) seem a bit more experienced in sewing than I am, though! I suppose most of the ones you considered (Pfaff, Elna, Bernina) have more features than I would require? Still, it does seem as if the "beginner" machines don't work well with heavier fabrics, so should I just suck it up and get a slightly-more-high-end one? I would rather spend a little more now than run into problems later, but of course I was also hoping not to spend an amorphous "too much" (beyond my needs, I suppose).

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@cityonthesea: You can always go looking for used machines. Truthfully, if you can find an ancient New Home or Singer (from the thirties or forties), those machines are just rock solid. I used my New Home (circa 1934) from 1968 through 1988, and it would still work just fine, if I wanted to use it. I replaced it in 1988, and then moved to the machine I have now (which I mentioned in that other thread), but my older machine would sew through anything.

Buy from a reputable shop. There are always Vac and Sew kinds of places, if you look for them.

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@shrdlu: Thank you for all the help! I will try that.