I have found small Singer machines on Target.com and Walmart.com for around 80 greenbacks. I don't need a very fancy machine, just one that works. So I could get a low-end one and be fine for the few things I wish to create.
Should I use my very old sewing machine ($50) or buy a new little one ($80)?
You'd be asking these questions, too, if you saw all the great non-homemade-looking sewing projects I've run across on Pinterest!
Here are a few:
baby quilt LOVE
baby bubble skirt. adorbs.
retro style reversible pinafore. gah!