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Sounds a lot like my first sewing machine. It was my mammaw's and she swore it was such a good machine, the sewing machine guy said it was the best, blah blah blah... That machine hated me and wouldn't do anything I wanted. I honestly don't know where that machine is now. My husband-at-the-time bought me a new, cheap Brother at Walmart and I was scared to use it too. His mother was the sewing queen and encouraged me to use it and I didn't have a bit of problem out of it. This is why I'm more prone to newer sewing machines than with the vintage ones.
I'd still like to be a fly on the wall when the mark... uhm I mean -buyer- opens it, and see how it's packed.
these are not much better...
this one looks good, but not for that price!
would love this one..for $35!
and this one is really worth the money...