In Junior High (and it was clear that I really liked sewing as a pass time) my mother bought me and my sister a Singer 221. I think it's almost smaller than a featherweight?! It's certainly lighter!
Then in High School my mom said since I was sewing so much and getting into more complicated patterns etc. we could trade the little sewing machine in for the bigger fancier Golden Touch and Sew. I was happy about the trade and my mother was really pleased because the Salesman gave us the original value of the old machine toward the new machine!
I hope all good things for you in the New Year and your machines hum and never have tention problems! Happy New Year!
Cheers, Claire W.