Brother XL2600I Affordable 25 Stitch Free Arm
I have been sewing for overfourty years ,and so I am aquainted with sewing machines starting with my grandmother's treadle White to my current Viking.
My Viking had to go for its yearly tension repair so I was left ( not very happily , I might add) in the middle of a project that required a lot of straight and zigzag stitching ..... I decided to buy a good BACKUP machine.
I read the reviews and checked the Consumer Report (March 2009) and found the Brother XL2600I. I decided that if the reviews were correct then this was exactly what I was looking for....and it was and is. This is a great little basic machine. The stitches are uniform, the tension is amazingly perfect , and the instructional manuel is EASY to understand . This machine allows the project to be the focus of the sewing experince.
The price is exceptioanl for the quality of the product.