And when I say "budget", I mean cheap!
I don't like vintage machines. I've tried FMQ on a bunch of different machines, and only had luck on one and it broke! I have a good sewing machine, but it skips stitches when I use free-motion. I need a very inexpensive machine - new? - for around $100. Extra throat space is not too important, because I'm used to what I have on my Janome now.
I'm seriously considering a Project Runway machine. Either the Brother CE5000 ($110) or the Brother LS2300PRW ($50). Does anyone know if they are good at free-motion?? Or have any other suggestions?