Hoping to get some advice/personal experience about sewing machines.
I'm looking to replace the old sewing machine I had that worked fine for about 15 years of not so frequent use. I think it was a Brother, but not 100% sure. I was a basic, solid machine (metal body).
Sturdy, long lasting quality. ie last 20 yrs +
Able to deal with a variety of fabrics, especially thougher types like denim and mtb short material, or fur for costumes.
Basic stitches, no need for any fancy quilting
Budget: up to 250$
* Basically, I need a long lasting machine that will be able to get some hems done as well as basic things like mtb shorts, jerseys, skirts, wolf costumes etc…
So far, I haven't had the chance to shop around much so I've only got 2 machines on my radar:
Brother XL-3510. (Walmart just dropped the price to 120$ from 169.98 )
Janome Sewist 521
Can get it at SaveOn for 169$ plus a few points. usually retails for about 250-300$
So, any other machines you can recommend? Or brand you trust from personal experience? Any particular stores I should visit tha would have various brands available? Stores where I could find a good quality used machine?