Hi, I am a beginner sewer. I have taken a few classes and now I am looking to purchase a machine. There is so must information available that it is confusing. After looking at several reviews it seems that the Brother sewing/embroidery machine has gotten great reviews, a number of features and the price is very reasonable (aprox. $500). I intend to use the machine for home decorating projects and clothing so I would like a machine that can easily work with different types of fabrics such as large pieces of shear and heavy upholstery fabric for table cloths and draperies. Does anyone have experience with Brother machines or a recommendation for a beginner sewer in this price range? Recommendations on a serger would be helpful as well. I intend to go try one out, but I would love to hear others opinions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.