I read various web-sites that reviewed the best machines for an average seamstress. I don't need to spend thousands of dollars on a computerized model that knows more than I do. I don't make the kind of projects that require that. I just want to do a little quilting, a little crafting, simple clothing construction and repairs. I settled on this Singer heavy-duty model - deemed "Best In Class" for beginning to moderate sewing.
I haven't had a lot of time to play with the new stitches, but it sews smoothly, the tension remains constant and the bobbin doesn't tangle on every-other seam. Those are all great strides! This model also adapts for free-motion quilting, which I'm anxious to try on small projects.
My old pal will remain in storage for the time being - in case I need a back up - but I'm enjoying the ease of sewing with my new friend.