I have a little Singer circa 2005. It's had a tension problem since a year after I got it, and the problem keeps getting worse. I'm ready to spend some money on a nicer machine. I'm willing to budget around 1500-2500 on a new machine. I eventually want to get a long arm quilting machine, but for now I just need a new sewing machine.
I've considered getting a vintage Singer, but I'm concerned about maintaining an antique machine vs a new one. I know things used to be made better "back in the day", but I don't know how to take care of something like that. :( Whatever I get, I want to be able to depend on it for a long time (and take it to a dealer or someone for maintaining when needed.)
What would you recommend and why?