Best Sewing Machines for Beginners?

I let my sewing gene fade several years ago. With an old sewing machine collecting dust, I'm ready to get back to it. For those new to sewing who area also eager to stop wishing and start doing, we're hoping the experts out there can chime in about what machine is best. We rounded up a few below -- thoughts on these or other brands/types out there? Advice wanted!

Also worth checking out on AT: The Flat Mode Sewing Machine.

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