I've got a new toy I've been playing with. My wonderful husband found it listed under the sports section of Craigslist for $10. It's a Kenmore 1249 from the 1980's, and it's in really great condition. It even came with bobbins, extra feet, and the original manual! The previous owner said she had trouble with the thread messing up, but after a good oiling and cleaning, I haven't had any trouble. I'm pretty excited about this machine; it's very similar to the machine my mom has had for just as long, and hers is still going strong. Hopefully this one will go another 30 years (or more)!