HI about sewing machines. I would suggest you go to a local store that will let you sewing on there machines and try out what works best for your mom because they are all so different. I have 1 brother emb machine, 2 singers, 1 brother sewing machine and a 1890 singer. I love them all but I am very close to the singers they are super easy to get along with, and wal mart carries these brands and not that expensive. Good luck and happy sewing machine hunting.