Baby Lock Maria... any thoughts?
I'm about to buy a sewing machine for general household needs... altering, mending, decor, etc. Stopped into a store today to see what was out there, and the sales lady showed be a Baby Lock Maria (used to be called the Design Pro model). It's not computerized and doesn't have a lot of advanced features, but I don't really need any of that. All I want is a machine that works when I need it to, and is sturdy enough to punch through a few layers of denim or canvas when I ask it to. Does anybody have any experience, good or bad, with this model?
I know Husqvarna Viking & Bernina are at the top, and Singers aren't what they used to be, but how do Baby Locks rate? Are my $300 better spent on something else?
Thanks for any advice,