My co-worker is looking for a machine for his wife for a birthday present. She is just beginning to sew and he wants to get a basic machine, that she can grow into. I am only experienced with Berninas and I know enough about them that it is not a good investment for the beginner. I know that Brother has some good lower end machines. He found one on Amazon, a Janome HD1000, I did mention to him that going with a local dealer is always a good idea because of the customer service. Any ideas or suggestions on machines?