[ :?: b]As a newby to this wonderful hobby, I am currently using my mom's White sewing machine. It is ancient but I learned to sew on this machine as a child and am quite familiar with and is an old friend. But, it has its drawbacks (tension requires constant supervision and it balks and groans at anything too thick) I am seriously thinking of getting a new machine. I want one that is well made (no plastic parts if possible), simple to operate----it doesn't have to have lots of fancy gadgets and attachments. But, it does have to be dependable so I can think more about sewing and less about getting the machine to work correctly. I think I'll buy something new and have been cruising E Bay but don't know if that's the best place to purchase such an important item. What kind of sewing machine would you suggest[/b]?