I'd like to jump in here.
I'm in the process of looking for a new sewing machine. And would love a recommendation from people that sew a lot.
I'm looking for it to be sturdy (I'll be sewing several layers of jean material as well as thinner stuff), dependable of course, under $500. if possible, and be electronic (digital). Other goodies could incl. several decorative stitches or even some embroidery - but blanket, satin, zigzag, and something that does over-locking stitch well (I won't have extra for a serger. yet.) for sure -- I'm a somewhat of an advanced / beginner sewer and my 23 year old Wards machine gives me fits & just isn't fun to work with. lol.
Make and model would be fab. and I'll look it up.
I don't have any fabric stores here in small town mid-america except Walmart so this will be an online purchase.
I have been looking online at a Janome 7061 (2007 I hear is the same) or the Janome Memory Craft MC3000 but don't want it to be one of the "throw away" models or something that won't last. I'm willing to pay a little more if it's going to last. I've heard people say that the lower priced models and/or beginner machines are not meant to be repaired but instead replaced, but no one says what price point becomes a "lower priced model" or "beginner machine".
I'm not adverse to getting an older used model as long as I can find one online.
Thanks for any help - I greatly greatly appreciate it.