I sewing machine is an investment. You will be tempted to purchase one for as little as possible, but you will only end up frustrated. I would recommend getting a 60s or 70s Kenmore, Singer or Vogue stitch and have it cleaned and services at reputable sewing machine repair or retail shop. Then after you using it, if you decide to stick with sewing, you can purchase a new machine. Personally, I prefer Huskvarna Viking, but Janome and Bernina are also good. Look for all metal parts.... no plastic, no aluminum.