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Hi, Here are the things I would look for: Purchase the machine where they HAVE warrantee service on site. Purchase a brand name such as Janome, Bernina etc. It is better to buy a low end, high quality machine than to purchase a low priced no name product no matter how many bells and whistles it has on it. There is nothing worse than working with a poor quality machine, and you would be throwing your money away. Most machines today have more choices of designs etc. on them than you will ever use. Look for a strong metal shank and attachments. I made curtains for my brother with an inexpensive machine I purchased because I was out of town, and the machine just made it through the project. Spend your $$ wisely. Don't be persuaded to purchase the top of the line etc. Most honest dealers will show you everything and listen to what your personal needs are. If you are totally new to sewing, I would purchase a machine from a sewing dealer so that you get all your lessons. If you don't need the guidance, check your local papers and see if anyone is selling a "quality" machine. I have several machines, but my favorite is the Bernina 1130 a floor model from a sewing shop. It is a true workhorse and I've sewn continually on it for about 20 years. I know that the Bernina store near me sells, services, gives lessons etc. They have great used machines that also carry warantees and have floor model sales each year. This is the type of service you MUST have. Just remember that when you by a quality machine, you can always trade up. That is that they take the cost of your original machine that you purchase with them and apply the full price to the purchase of a newer machine with more capability. I hope you have a BLAST! Kate _____________ I would echo what Kate wrote. You will be much more productive with a well-reputed brand vs. a Singer or White.

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