Brother XL2600I 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine
If you want an everyday machine for regular stitching on garments and other material, the Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine is the way to go. With 25 built in stitches you just dial one up, hit the pedal, and sew. Granted, everything about this machine is manual, like the threading, bobbin winding, and actually turning a knob to select the stitch, but it offers simple functionality; at the lowest cost here, the price is right as well.
This is about as close to old style manual sewing that you can get. Once the needle is threaded, just pull the lower thread through the slot in the bobbin case and it will automatically take it up. No computer involved here, just ease and simplicity. This sewing machine even converts from a full table into a freearm table which is perfect for pants legs and sleeves.
There’s nothing fancy or complicated about this machine, and if you mend your clothing a lot, or just want a basic machine for regular sewing chores, you can't do better than this. It comes with an amazing 25 year limited warranty too.