something my friend said summed it up perfectly... you just waltzed into the 21st century.
yes... yes i did!
i found my new girl. on craigslist.
i made this deal with myself when i first started quilting. if i completed at least 3 quilts and i still 'liked' the craft, then i could buy a newer machine.
after weeks of research i felt like this one suited me well. it does all the stuff i needed it to with a few extras thrown in.
i've also learned that there are more opinions on sewing machines than one could have ever imagined. i say find a repair shop you love, ask if they work on the brand you're buying, and take a leap of faith.