I am looking for advice on machines. I need a reliable, reliable and I do mean RELIABLE, tough little machine with a great warranty that sews smoothly… ‘like butter.’ 🙂 I sew home decor, halloween costumes, craft items, quilts, and clothes. Features I am looking for include a one-step button-hole feature, simple bobbin winding/changing system (a firend had one that you didn’t even have to move your project to re-wind the bobbin! Cool! ) and an extensive ‘bumper to bumper’ style warranty. We are a military family so I can’t guarantee living near a dealer… especially as teh AF tends to like wide open spaces… 🙂 A needle threader would be nice, and a smaller sewing arm will be necessary at least as long as my kids are small… and as my daughter is truly truly SMALL, that may be a while. I like some creative flexibility, but don’t necessarily feel the need for some ten thousand stitches or so. I definitely do need the machine to sew smoothly through a variety of fabrics and thicknesses, and I am really sick to death of tension woes and bobbin slippage leading to jams… argh! I have had several used cast-offs which seem to be vulnerable to this. Okay… I think that covers it. I’ve tried to find as many reviews and comparisons as possible, and found the chart in Threads very useful, but I would like to know from the folks in the know… the ones sewing! Thanks so much for your help!!!