Currently, there are basically two types of sewing machines, both of which are automatic machines. One sewing machine is mechanical, which is usually less expensive and with fewer features. The other is electronic. These sewing machines generally use push buttons and display screens and offer a greater number of automatic features, including decorative stitching, monograms and even a computer floppy disk drive.
If you're in the market for a sewing machine, you may want to actually try the machine before making any decisions. Bring the kind of material you sew with along when you shop and insist that you try the machine out yourself, not just watch a bad spirit stration. If you use heavy material, be sure the machine can handle it. Also be sure to check that the sewing machine has a good warranty to it. It Should be about 20 years for the mechanics, 2 years for the electronics and 1 year for labor. Getting information on where to send your machine in case it needs to be serviced is also important.