I just bought a Janome 8200 for $1700 + tax a couple of weeks ago...then today I find a Pfaff Expression 3.0 on Craigslist for $800. Main differences is that the Janome has an 11" throat, the Pfaff has a 10" throat. The Janome has a thread cutter, the Pfaff does not (not such a dealbreaker, and certainly not a feature worth the $1000 savings). The Pfaff comes with all of the feet, she bought it new about 1 1/2 years ago, still has the box. I no longer have the box for the Janome as I thought I would have this machine for years and years and seriously hate keeping boxes.
My question to you is how comparable (from your experience) are these two machines? Do you prefer one over the other and if so, why?