Thanks for the advice on the birdsnesting. I'll take your advice on ye-ol' clunker and look at the tension again. I think it does need repair though. I've never had it professionally cleaned. So I am willing to bet it needs some internal cpr. (I was a kid, I didn't know better!)
I like the idea of going and trying out machines. I think I know a store that has lots of brands out on display to try. I have a vague memory from years ago, but I can always check the yellow pages. I am looking to keep my grand total under 1000. And even then I'll only pay that end of the scale if it makes me do back flips. I'm probably looking to spend around 700/800-ish.
When I go into stores to look at and try out machines, would anyone recommend a particular brand to look at or a certain model they love?
I am looking for reccommendations on a good computerized sewing machine, for around 500 dollars. I'm an intermediate sewer. I don't do quilting, but I may try one in the future. I'm not brand-loyal. I was taught as a kid on computerized husquervarnas, and I myself had the husquervarna viking (husky 145) in my home. Hated it. Couldn't go three stitches without birdsnesting whatever made.
Right now I'm using a walmart singer (So I can keep exchanging it instead of keeping it and having to sell it later. I'm sneaky I know) until I know which machine I want.
I loved the push button-ness of the ones I had in my childhood sewing classes. I loved having fonts and pretty stitches I could program it to do, and I looooooved how organized it was. They were top shelf as I recall.
So, what I'm looking for is -A computerized machine. -I'll take into consideration any brand. -The type of sewing I do is mostly craft and clothing.