I'm looking for some advice on sewing machines. I'd really like to get a new sewing machine, but I'm not sure what to buy. I want to get a good quality machine, but I don't want to pay for a lot of features that I don't really think I will use.
Here are the features I'm really looking for in a machine:
A good 1/4 inch foot that will sew a good straight seam. (The one I have now tends to veer to the side pretty badly, especially when I cross a seam.)
Sews well on paper, because I do a lot of paper piecing. (The machine I have now seems to have tension issues/inconsistencies with paper piecing.)
Sews well over thick seams. (My current machine likes to just stop and sew in place when it gets to a seam of practically any thickness.)
A good walking foot for attaching binding or simple straight line quilting. (My current walking foot doesn't even rest evenly on the fabric for some reason)
Nice but not necessary features:
Needle Up/Down feature
Auto thread cutting
Auto stitch lock feature
Features I don't need:
Free-motion quilt - don't do it, don't plan to start
Lots of fancy stitches
My current machine is a Singer 5830C (I think, that's the only thing on the machine that looked like a model number).
Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.