If you're looking for a decent, cheap sewing machine...
I just recently bought the SY machine from Ikea for about 80 CHF (after reading the good reviews it's received), and I must say -- it's a nice little machine. It also has a front-loading bobbin.
It comes with quite a few notions, including a button-hole maker and is even good for thick fabrics, etc.
Now my curtains are finally hemmed without having to use that awful hemming tape! Woo hoo! I even made myself a handy-dandy pin cushion with it.