Brother is kind of the started brand, but honestly it is fine. I had a Brother for years. There are more plastic parts than some machines, but you won't be sewing much. I think a basic Brother machine could last you for years.
I would save money though and suggest an even cheaper model, like this: http://www.amazon.com/BrotherXL3750Convertible35StitchFreeArm/dp/B000VGAMU6/ref=sr_1_10?s=artscraftsie=UTF8qid=1356353710sr=110keywords=brothersewingmachine. The other one doesn't give you anything extra that you're likely to use. Then spend the extra 75 on something else for you, like fabric lol.