I learned how to sew in home economics class in 6th grade. I've sewn ever since but mainly on my mother's dinosaur of a sewing maching - a singer about 30 years old. I moved out awhile ago and don't have a sewing machine of my own. Does anyone have any recommendations before I head out to Jo-Ann Fabric? I would use it to sew clothes and handbags. Clearly I am old school and not at all used to the modern machines with their latest features. I am used to threading a machine and making button holes the old way. I am looking forward to one with newer features but I don't need too many bells and whistles. I'd just like it to sew through a variety or fabrics easily but not intended for a novice either. I consider it an investment and am willing to spend money now on one that will last rather than one I'll outgrow. Thanks in advance!