Is learning to sew one of your goals for 2012? If “sew,” you might want to check out Amazon right now as they are running a sale on Brother Sewing Machines.
This one seems like a best bet to me:
Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine for $72.49 shipped. The next lowest price I’m finding online is $83, with the price averaging $90 on this model.
Here’s a description, from Amazon:
The Brother XL2600i is perfect even for beginner sewers, with features that are easy to learn and use, a lightweight compact style and an instruction manual that helps take you through everything from basic setup to custom-sized buttonholes. This versatile sewing machine is perfect for so many home sewing projects such as altering and creating clothing, crafting, quilting, home decor and more. Loaded with features, the Brother XL2600i offers 25 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, and a built-in free arm that allows you to easily sew hems on pants or shirt sleeves. It comes with built-in convenience features such as a 1-step auto-size buttonholer, easy needle threader and drop-in bobbin, all designed to make your everyday sewing quick, easy, and fun. Includes bilingual English/Spanish instruction manual, 25-year limited warranty, and free phone support for the life of the product.
This product was rated a solid 4.5 stars after 470 customer reviews.
Here are a couple other models that were competitively priced:
See more machines at the Brother Sewing Machine sale on Amazon.
Incidentally, this year I really stepped it up and sewed a scrunchy. All my myself. It was awesome.