While I absolutely love sewing (bags n' clothes n' what-have-yous), I've yet to purchase my own machine. I have full use of my upper body as my situation is the result of an old spinal cord injury (t3). I'm pretty sure I could use my elbow with a foot-operated model but that seems like it would be rather awkward and irritating after a little bit. I've always done all of my sewing by hand and I'd really like to upgrade so I can finish my projects quicker. I guess I'm impatient.
So my question is this: What would be a quality starter machine for someone who'd rather not have to operate it by pedal? I guess it doesn't have to be a beginner machine but I figure that would probably be the way to go since I've never actually used one that wasn't a hand held model (which was comprised of pure EVIL). I do learn quite quickly though, so if there's a complicated one you'd like to suggest then I'm all for that too. Quality is certainly a factor.. I'd hate to get one I could use easily only to explode it in my enthusiasm