Amazon.com has this Singer 4423 Extra-High Speed Sewing Machine with Stainless Steel Bed Plate on sale right now for just $99.99 (Regularly $145.57)!
Plus shipping is free!
This machine has a ton of good reviews on Amazon and after reading some, it seems some of the negative feedback is from frustrated newbies.
This heavy duty machine comes with a metal frame that makes it so you can sew through pretty much anything, a top drop-in bobbin, an auto four-step buttonhole and an adjustable presser foot pressure.
With its heavy duty capacity you can easily zip through your Simple handmade goodies to the more difficult fabrics like denim and canvas. Want to get some ideas? Check out Pinterest's drop-cloth curtains and tree skirt ideas.