bernina 215 - $1,299

Whilst this is the baby in the BERNINA range, it is all about quality.

This machine has the famous BERNINA feed system which makes going over fine and thick fabrics really easy, and its metal front loading bobbin case will always give you the best tension. It has speed control, needle up/down function and the 11 most useful stitches you will ever need. The buttonhole is semi-automatic, and because its a BERNINA, it is the best looking buttonhole you will find on the market.