5 years ago, I bought a fantastic used machine. I paid $15 for it at a yard sale, with the case that it goes in. At another yard sale, I bought a nice cabinet with drawers in it for $15.
The main thing is, make sure you plug it in and try it before you leave. Make sure all the parts, like the bobbin case and foot is with it. Craigslist, auctions, and stores like Goodwill are great to check also. There's not a lot that can go wrong with a simple machine, although the embroidery machines and stuff have more components.
at 2:04 PM on Sep. 9, 2010