A copied post from my blog on blogger.
A friend asked me a while ago to find them a good, simple to use, preferably a straight stitch, low- shank sewing machine for under $30.00. In my area of Los Angeles, it is nearly impossible to find this type of deal. I have been looking for months and recently I stumbled upon the “good and cheaply priced” sewing machine: a great vintage green Sears Kenmore Model 1751 made between 1968 to 1969 for $20.00.
This machine is h-e-a-v-y, 40 pounds of all metal gears. It is in great cosmetic shape and everything on it works.
Even though I have a few cam-using sewing machines, I generally stay away from buying these types because the cams are made of plastic and they will eventually wear out (if you use them a lot). In addition, finding a replacement set can be difficult and sometimes expensive. In this case however, she will not care about the cams as she is a beginner sewist.