I have 2 Janome machines. MC 6600 is my favorite machine. Not an embroidery machine but it has many specialty stitches and monograming. It also has a built in walking foot. Best feature for sure. I have quilted king size Quilts on this machine. I take it in once a year for a cleaning and tuneup. Love this machine. The only thing I had to have fixed is the needle threader $10. And the bobbin case wore out $25 and the knee lift needed adjusting $25 in the 8 years I have had this machine. Still runs like a champ. These are some of the pro's. I wish it had a bigger throat. The inner distance between the needle and right side of machine. It measures about 9 1/2". It is good, but could be better. Also it is a heavy machine. Which is good because it is made well, but makes it hard to transport.
My other machine is a MC 1600 straight stitch machine. It has a knee lift and needle threader and is a well made machine. I use it on my Handy Quilter. If has a 9 1/2" throat too so I wish it was bigger.
Hope this helps you decide. Happy Quilting.
I have the Baby Lock Ellure and the Excape I also love the Riccar they are older and very sturdy and metal last forever look on Ebay
I've used washable Crayola markers and draw my designs to quilt over. It does wash out, I do spray the quilt with spray and wash, plus add some Pinesol to your washing water and all marks will be gone. I've had to wash a few twice before to remove marker marks but it works great for seeing on dark fabrics. I also air dry may quilts inside or outside by draping over tall step ladder. Washable Markers are great even the off brands do fine too! I also draw on tissue paper and pen tone quilt and sew on the paper. However this is not my favorite way of quilting, since picking the paper off is tedious, but does work.
I have a BabyLock Ellure Plus, it sews beautiful and can embroidery too! I have quilted on it, but now have Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen to quilt my quilts with. I sew all my quilt tops,borders,bindings, etc...on the BabyLock. It's a great machine for the price, plus it's so well made! I've had it about five years and still sews like it's brand new! Would love to trade up to the Destiny machine but gotta save $
You might try either a silver pencil from Hobby Lobby in the art department, or I used a white dressmaker's pencil on my brown flannel quilt and it washed out fine.