I have a late 50's singer that I've had repaired several times. the same problem keeps occuring where it balls up the thread underneath and skips stitches. I am tired of dealing with it and started looking for a new machine. The fanciest stitch I do is to put in a zipper. I don't do decorative stitching, smocking, or machine embroidery. I don't need to sew heavy weight denimn. All I need is a machine that will sew a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. I am used to making 4-step button holes. I've never had a free arm machine.
I need a basic, basic reliable sewing machine. I've got a little EuroPro, but it doesn't strike me as a long term machine. I looked at the Singer 500 series yesterday, but the salesman started getting condescending which sent me right out of the store.
I prefer in cabinet, but I can get another portable. $200 is my limit.