I have a Pfaff 1222 E (definitely not made anymore).
I have had it for about 6 years. My mom gave it to me when I had my oldest daughter and I started sewing.
I would guess it cost about $600.
I sew a little bit of everything diaper bags, mainly cloths for my girls and recently just trying my hand a making a quilt.
I sew at least once a week but this past 2 weeks I have been sewing daily.
I Love Love Love my machine but have not named it.
My machine isn't fancy but always sews a nice stitch and easy to fix a problem if the is one. (usually my mistakes.) All I need it to do is stitch and that's what it does.
Nothing bothers me about my machine.
No great stories. My mom does have the same machine she has used hers for years, she loves the machine so much she has several of them so that if one breaks she has others she could part out. Whenever the dealer has someone trade one in for a newer one they call her to see if she wants it.
I would definitely recommend my machine to others. It is a sturdy machine that will keep sewing and sewing forever.
I think a sewing machine should be reliable and last a long time.
I would love to have a Serger and would mind to have a machine with all the bells and whistles so that I could try new things. But I'm afraid I may just go back to good ol' reliable Pfaff in the end because I know my machine.