i have posted before about advice for sewing machines but i am still stuck as to what one to get.
What sewing machine do you use? I'd like one for occasional use, need to make curtains for the house, would like to make some bits for the kids. I dont plan on using it all the time but would like it to be able to do button holes so something more than just hemming!
I've just bought this Toyota and I can't recommend it enough, it great. They do a cheaper version too here
I use mine for occasional things too, have just recently made a pair of curtains, lined for winter. Often hem DHs trousers and fix DDs clothes, sew in name tags etc. Its a great machine, has an automatic needle threader which I love, does a 4-stage button hole, lots of different stitches, more than I;ll ever need actually.
The thing i love about it best though is the ergonomic shape, made it easier to handle something like curtains where a lot of fabric is an issue.
I second the vote for Bernina - I recently bought a Bernina 830 Record from ebay, and it's a great machine. I'm only a beginner at sewing, but I find it easy to use and they have a reputation for being really reliable, robust work-horses.