Recommendations on a sewing machine?

Recommendations on a sewing machine?

I am contemplating the purchase of a sewing machine as a gift. Said sewing machine needs to be portable, sturdy, and relatively straightforward and easy for people with low experience to use. It's hopefully going to a high school theatre's costume department. So, since we are all fabulous domestic deities, what are your recommendations?
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