...and then while popping along to my fortnightly quilt drop in session I happened to discover a very good deal with the Janome Horizon QC 8200 with a trade in of my old machine.
Decision time! All a bit nerve wracking. Some research was in order. I surfed the internet for reviews, most of which were very good; I watched it in action on the Janome stand at the Festival of Quilts; I read an excellent blog post on this very model by JeliQuilts here which told me all I needed to know. Off I went with a list of things to try out, fabric, quilt sandwiches, and several questions and I played on the machine for an hour in the shop.
It was gorgeous. It purred along so quietly, and was really easy to use.
Reader, I bought it! Sorry, her.
Isn't she lovely? So far I have only pieced on her, and practiced stitch in the ditch nice and slowly....bearing in mind I have not done a lot of machine quilting to date.
Here she is in action - the 11" throat space makes her a joy to use:
And her she is with her just arrived today extension table. No excuses now not to start practicing free motion quilting!
But she is, of course, far too big a lassie to take to classes and workshops...so,
Meet the delightful little Janome Jem Platinum 720 who arrived to day, second hand, fully serviced, and with her very own carry bag,
I have yet to have a play with her, but I'll let you know how I go on.
Anyway, my Christmas present this year will now be a spool of thread!