I've never done a lot of sewing, but I have a project my friend and I want to start working on which will require a bit of sewing. Neither of us have a sewing machine, but I thought I'd try to buy one. Since I'm not much of a sewer, i'm not even sure what to look for. What brands should i look into? What features should i try to find? What is a realistic price range for a decent (not high-end, but something that will work well and last) machine? For the project we are working on, we'll need something that is strong enought o sew through tougher materials such as neoprene.