Whipped out my trusty Brother sewing machine to make some soft furnishings (see pic above). I bought this for $50 (free delivery) a decade ago when Courts first launched their online retail store (they don't take orders online anymore). It does a good basic job of sewing straight lines with 14 stitch options including 1 buttonhole option, with light, automatic bobby winding and reverse stitiching.
The sewing machine we used before this was a pedal-powered antique Singer that my grandmother used. Surprisingly, you can still buy that model under their vintage range, remodelled with hidden electrical motors for about $600 (see pic above) *kawaii*.
Nowadays, you can still get a good ole sewing machine for about $150. They go from there to a cool $15,000 for a 6 needle embroidery machine that resembles those used in factories (see picture above). Next up is Quattro (see pic below), touted as the most expensive sewing machine in the world at $11,888. It has a video camera, led lights from every angle, allows you to hook up your PC to the machine, automatic embroidery and over 1000 stitches for you to choose from. That's just for the domestic usage range. I wonder what the industrial machines are like?