decide what features are important to you. Needle threader, auto cutter, large harp, dec. stitches etc. If you only need straight stitch for piecing and quilting the Brother 1500 or Juki 2010 may be for you. If you do garment sewing too you will want a dependable buttonhole, zigzag etc. A light weight machine to take to class? look at the brother PRW or the new Eversewn machines. WHat works for me may not be the right choice for you.