I was secretly hoping you'd reply sewclassic! I have checked your web page and now is where you'll get upset with me as - I was checking those 2 out on ebay (don't do it I hear you say!). So there is no chance of trying the Janome. But you have answered one of my doubts - the glitches of the Husqvarna. It does look a little complex. I thought the Janome would be easier for a newbie simpleton sewer like myself. I was only looking at vintage ones as they do seem to be able to handle the thickness / heaviness of the materials I use fairly frequently.
Part of the problem is that I live in Portugal and we don't have a great selection - just singers and brothers in the main showrooms. There is a lovely lady down town who has a sewing class and whose husband does the repairs on machines and she recommended her vintage Oliva - the next problem is that I can't find any info on these at all although I did use hers with no problems. Hmm, decisions in life!
What are the other 'easier' vintage ones that you recommend?