Recently I bought a used sewing machine, was searching every used-sewing machine source I could locate in the South Bay. I looked on craigslist, ebay, called several sewing machine repair places and had varying results.
Eventually I was able to find one in my price range at Ray's Sewing Center in San Jose. I decided on a basic model - Janome 3010 (similar to their Janome Jem model) for $100.00 The basic machine I purchased
- does everything I needed it to do
- the same accessories fit from the old machine
- it sews great
- it is lighter weight compared to the old Kenmore.
After I had bought the Janome from Ray's, another vendor who only refurbishes old sewing machines (not selling new ones) in Los Gatos via website at http://saveoursewing.com also sent back a price quote.
The trading phone calls with folks on craigslist was sort of tedious - most people selling machines in my price range that I spoke with, had no details and couldn't be sure the machines actually worked - so that was why I chose to look at repair places.