Ok....I've gone over the edge, I'm looking on Ebay where a long time seller
of rebuilt sewing machines offers a number of brands. I need some help
with brands & models as I've no idea which is better or worse.....

OMEGA 7040, 3840 <- looks like it will be one of these

SINGER <--industrial and prices went a little high, trying to stay below 200.

TOYOTA<-- priced too high as well, you can sew a saddle with these industrial jobbies