don't know where you live, but if you have a reputable sewing machine store, like Moore's, they can help you. They'll show you what's available. And let you play on the various machines. In my experience computerized has to be fixed by the shop, and a regular old-fashioned sewing machine can be most often fixed at home. :) You probably don't need a computerized machine for beginning, basic sewing. Although it might be more fun! If you are sewing clothing, a basic machine with a buttonholer and zigzag is nice and will do you just fine. (A serger is a GREAT help if you are sewing clothing) If you're getting into quilting, I'd recommend any of the old black singers, or the newer bernina's. Pfaff and New Home are also good names. For quilting, you want a 1/4" foot, and a walking foot. NeedleUp/Down is also a nice feature. Definitely go to a sewing machine store, or a quilt store that carries machines, as opposed to Joann's or Sears, etc. Good luck!