It’s difficult to give a lot of suggestions as to what machine you should buy, but I would recommend that you set your price range. For a beginner spending $100 to $300 is a fair recommendation. There are a few specifics I think you should look for when searching for a machine to purchase. The first thing I would look for is a machine that has the capability of making a buttonhole. Not just any buttonhole, but an “all-in-one” step buttonhole.