I have 28 sewing machines and love them all. My favorites for layouts and cards at the 3/4 size vintage Singers. I have 2 Featherweights (they only weigh about 12 lbs.) so they are very portable. If you don't want to invest that much, I would look for an older machine on Craig's list or eBay. They are much heavier than the new plastic ones like WM sells.