Several years ago I decided to get into sewing some of my own clothes. I borrowed my mom's old sewing machine but was limited on use as it is much older and has no instruction manual. I was afraid to mess with any dials for fear of breaking it.I went shopping for my own sewing machine and have to admit I went for the cheapest one I could find. One without a lot in the way of gadgets and gizmos thinking I would never have any need of them. I bought a Brother LS-2125i at Wal-Mart.
The first machine I returned within several days as it stopped picking up the bobbin thread. The second one did not seem to have the same problem. That is until a friend of mine got me into quilting. Once I use the attachment to cover the feed dogs, I promptly start having issues with the bobbin not being picked up consistently.
It does button holes fairly easily, winds bobbins, is fairly easy to thread and oiling is also rather easy. Overall for basic sewing this is a nice machine. But if you are even thinking about getting into quilting or want to do embroidery, etc I would not recommend it.