I know very little about sewing machines so immediately took to twitter and this very helpful sewing forum to ask for advice. One name that came up over and over again was Bernina, so off I went to find a machine.
I quickly realised that my budget (now don't laugh) of £150-£200 was quite inadequate so it was suggested I should go for a secondhand model, not really wanting to risk ebay I phoned a few sewing shops and asked them to keep an eye out for one but they all said they very rarely had them in.
I resigned myself to upping my budget and buying a new machine.
After more research and some twitter recommendations I decided to get a Pfaff 3.0 which was almost double my budget.
Just as I was about to order it our local sewing machine repair shop telephoned to say they'd just found an old Bernina 807.
So here it is, its a beautiful machine probably about 40 years old but as you can see it's really been looked after and comes complete with all its original attachments and manual.
I've only had a little play but even a novice like me can tell it sews beautifully.
I'm only planning some simple sewing at first so it suits me perfectly and if I decide I need something a little more sophisticated I can always upgrade although something tells me there's quite a lot of life left in this old Swedish lady.