My sewing machine broke down yesterday and it is the best thing that has happened to me because...I finally had an excuse to buy a new one! Yea! I have been using my old Kenmore, 1970's vintage. I also was fortunate to find a store that I didn't know existed in my local area which sells, services, repairs, and gives lessons! They had a wide selection but I finally settled on one that was not too pricey for my skill level and got a Brother NX-250. It's a dream machine compared to what I was using. I plan on getting my old one repaired but will probably give it to my daughter who only wants to sew up a few seams now and then.