I'm perplexed. I've decided that I finally want to get a sewing machine, and I've never had one before. The problem is that I've never used one and I'm not sure what to look for. I just picked up Diana Rupp's book Sew Everything Workshop, and I think I've come to the following conclusions:
1. I am thinking that it would be best to purchase a sewing machine from a dealer who can provide a limited warranty on used, refurbished machines or can sell new machines with a warranty. I would also like to be able to take classes from the place that I buy the machine and have the opportunity to ask them follow up questions, and possibly take my machine to them to be fixed if there are any problems.
2. I am leaning towards purchasing an older machine because I want a machine that has metal parts. If I buy a newer machine I will make sure that only the case is made of plastic.
3. I don't care about fancy stitching options. I need a straight stitch and zigzag options. Anything else is just extra.
4. I may want a one-step button hole option on my machine.
5. I definitely want a drop in bobbin loader.
Sewing machine veterans: What other advice do you have for someone looking to purchase a new machine for the first time? What features do you find useful?