Good point. I am not sure about other places but you can usually find a very capable Singer at a thrift shop around here for $20-30. For another $50 the Singer shop will tune it up like new, if it has a problem at all. It was worth the $50 for me, just to have the guy show me how to run it. (wind the bobbin, thread it etc) These days I bet there are You Tubes showing you all of that stuff.