So, while I'm gathering the gumption (or nagging DH) to get my '35 Featherweight and Pfaff Tiptronic repaired, what would y'all recommend as an acceptable BASIC sewing machine?
I love the features listed for the Featherweight II model 118, but the search here came up with a couple of comments callIng them
"junk." (no specifics though.) I would love something with a needle up/ down option, droppable feed dogs, speed controls would be super (slower = better, in my world) and strong enough for mild machine quilting.
The only stitches I care about are straight forward and back. Zigzag is okay and a blind hem stitch might get used eventually.
My "dream" machine would also have foot pedal or hand stop/start option and a knee lift presser foot (I know- we have entered Bernina territory now-- what is there most basic model and roughly how much do they run? I want to have a clue before I stumble into a dealer and waste their time if even their bottom model is out of my league.) oh, while I'm making up unicorn sewing machines, I'd like it to be portable (and more metal than plastic and yeah, I am missing my FW!)
Is the new Featherweight (not the repros) okay for basic-basics? Do they do what they say they'll do? I'm not expecting the moon, but I don't want a toy that will just sew scrapbook paper!
Thanks in advance for any help/ advice!