So, I'm looking to buy a machine, because I'm moving to a new place and will need to redecorate (curtains, cushions, etc.). I used to sew a lot, but haven't in a few years. Back in the day I used my mother's old elna, which was a workhorse (of course it didn't have any of the fancy features and stitch options you see now, so I'm tempted by some of the decorative stitch options now available).
Looking to buy a machine now, (I'm living in Europe where everything's 5x the price it is in the US...
, and I've kinda narrowed it down to several models, and I'd like some advice:
Brother es2020 (pros - lots of stitches, possible con that it's a bit lightweight)
Elna 2300 (pro - seems to be mechanical, con - fewer stitches, garish pink makes it look tacky)
Husqvarna E20 (have a good reputation)
These are all around the same pricepoint, and for slightly more:
Singer 7463 - a bit more expensive than the others, seems to have good reviews - I was nearly sold on the 7442 (which was discounted) but I heard there were a lot of problems with it (maybe that's why it was discontinued?). Judging by online reviews, with both these models some people seem to have problems accidentally throwing the timing out and being unable to fix it.
Priorities for me are 1-step buttonhole, twin needle sewing, and obviously general reliability. Any advice much appreciated!