I stumbled upon a cute website called:
Quilt Bus, The Quilt Store that Comes to Your Door
They had a great page on what to consider buying a sewing machine. After reading through that page and many more I decided to go to the Singer, Bernina, Brother and Pfaf webpages and see what they had to say.
After getting in my mind what models I like I started the shopping around. I looked at several different webpages, comparison shopping, reading reviews, and narrowing my decision. I believe I have narrowed it down to a Singer. First of all I have a Singer and have had no problems what so ever with it. Second of all, the prices are more realistic. Third of all, I don't need a whole bunch of bells and whistles because I hardly sew clothing (except pajama pants) I will be using this for making quilts! There were a couple things I was hoping to find in my price range, like it ending needle up, LCD screen, longer arm for holding the quilting projects, walking foot, 1/4 inch foot, drop feet and maybe needle threader. I am leery of the needle threader, even though I think it's a great idea but I suspect it might take longer to use the needle threader than to just do it myself.
In reading reviews of a few machines on multiple web pages it was interesting to find out that my suspicions about the needle threader are true - several people commented that it was longer to use it than to just thread the needle themselves. However, my family has a history of eye problems and my Grandma can no longer quilt because she can't see, so I suspect it would be a good thing for me to have a machine that will thread the needle for me - better than not sewing at all!
The search is on.