My old faithful almost 18 year old 1993 White Sewing Machine died last week. While the sewing machine parts still mostly work fine, one little part gave out. The needle became jammed deep into the machine and could not be removed, no matter what I did to removed it (used pliers, oil around it, etc.). So.....after pricing possible repair at the local sewing machine stores (removing the whole needle parts would be far more pricey than buying most anything new assuming that the part is still available), I bought a new sewing machine. After a quick overview of machines out there and review of prices, I bought a nice basic one at my local Sears store. It completed an important sewing project I was working on at my last machine's somewhat expected demise. It had some unexpected abilities that the other ones I used in the past did not have at all or not as well developed. The foot control is far more sensitive to pressure. That means that I can gently tap on it and sew real slow (almost like that speed control on the higher up machines that I passed up). I bought the second to the bottom of the model line as all I needed was a good lock stitch, zig zag width variety (5 widths at a turn of a dial), and no oiling anymore! I always had to take apart the old machines to oil and adjust them. I really like the 21st century.
Oh and by the way-absolutely no Warranty insurance. Big waste of money.