I have a Brother 2512 or something along those lines. it's 3 years old, and get ild to moderate excercise.
I love how simple the parts and manuevers are. I HATE the bobbin. If I accidently knock the bobbin casing out, I then have fouyr moving, sliding parts to try an fit back together, and only two hands to do it with. The peddle is also jerky. I'm use to it now, so I know how to force it to do mah bidding, but when someone else gives it a whirl, it's like a 14 year old who's trying to drive stick.
I want a Janome. I was lucky enough in high school to snag the only brand new Janome in the class, and I looooved it.