Once upon a time, my Grandmother bought herself a really fancy sewing machine. I mean REALLY fancy. She got herself a zig-zag machine. It made button holes and had special embroidery cams that could be changed for making snazzy designs.
It was a really reliable, sturdy sewing machine. The kind of sewing machine that would NEVER die. Twinkies, cockroaches and the Kenmore 1774 would band together after the apocalypse to rebuild the earth. Being the sensible, salt-of-the-earth kind of woman that she is, my Grandmother couldn't just cast this machine aside when lighter, faster, friendlier stitchers became available. No. That would be wrong...and wasteful...unless some poor college student desperately needed a sewing machine...
The Kenmore 1774 has a decade of age on me. My Grandmother gleefully handed it over and then skipped off to pick up something made of plastic that wouldn't give her a hernia every time she tried to move it. It has served me well. I learned to sew on it. We've laughed and cried together. I've nearly blinded myself with it's snapping machine needles more times than I care to think about. Good times.
Say hello to the Singer Confidence 7463 Electronic Sewing Machine. According to the box, Martha Stewart, like totally approves of this purchase. Oh, and the stitch panel is purple. Weee!