Hoping for some good advice on a first sewing machine for my wife. Was hoping to keep it under $200, and wanted a machine which was reliable, would have the features a first-timer may need, and is easy to get started and operate. Looking at the comparison chart you have online, I see two Brothers (XL-5340 and LS-1217) and one Kenmore (15516) that fit my budget.
A) Is it fair to say these are probably the best three machines under $200 – since they were the only ones reviewed in that price range?
B) Of these three (or others not listed but under $200), which one is the best for ease of use, reliability, and ability to do the basics that most beginners want from their machines?
I was hoping for some extremely specific suggestion (like: buy this one if you want … or this is the best one for beginners because …), but the chart didn’t appear to rank them or tell me which to select.
I didn’t want to just flip a coin.