I was going to suggest using a vintage machine as they are tough,simple and in most cases heavy duty. The 201 or the 301 I think would work great. The only issue is if you want fancier newer features. I think for 1000 you should definitely get something that will suit your needs. You may get more bang for your buck buying used however. I bought a bernina 440qe from a fellow quilter for a great price, so that could be another way to go.