How to buy a sewing machine

I get asked this question a lot.
I found a few good articles on the subject. I encourage you to read them :)
I also think of it like buying a car (as at least one article states) – they (almost) all get you from here to there, but some more easily than others and some in a stripped down versiona and some in luxury.
These will help you think and decipher.
I DO very much encourage buying local and finding out which shops work on what models.
Buying cheap and on line is tempting, but if there is no one to repair it or it’s super cheap, you loose in the long run…!

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/sewing-machines/buying-guide.htm

http://www.craftsy.com/article/tips-for-buying-a-sewing-machine

http://crafts.tutsplus.com/articles/a-buyers-guide-to-your-first-sewing-machine–craft-12119