Having the right sewing machine will make sewing so much easier. Higher end modern machines are programmable and can provide you with embroidered patterns. Basic machines will need to do straight stitch and zig-zag as a minimum. There is also a lot of interest in old fashioned sewing machines (such as old Singers) that have a pump pedal which powers them. If they work, this is a fine solution for basic needs.
The Porsche of sewing machines is Bernina, which you can tell by the very high prices. Additional brands you might not have heard will include Janome, Juki, Viking, Pfaff.
If we are going to wish, I'd wish for a Bernina Artista. Wow!