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On Wednesday I went back on the hunt and picked out a second machine. This time, I was careful to check the feedback. While the first seller I purchased from had 100% positive feedback, what he did not have was feedback on any sewing machines he had sold. The next seller I purchased from had sold multiple machines in the last month, all with good reviews.
The second (and - fingers crossed - final) machine, a Kenmore 158.19411, came on Friday. I love it! The machines in this series have a reputation for being workhorses, and this definitely fits that description. It's solid, all metal, and feels like you could drop it and damage the floor before hurting the machine (not that I'm going to try that). It handles multiple layers with ease, has all the basic stitch functions I need, and came with a buttonholer attachment that makes the most gorgeous buttonholes. We're still getting acquainted, but I think this will be a long term relationship!
This forced break from sewing taught me one thing: I NEED TO SEW. I was not a happy person the past few weeks. I'll be back soon with some new FOs!