This is a real gamble but tempting too. If you want it for the sewing capabilities, it is loaded and you'd still have whatever designs are built in AND the nifty 3-letter monograms. The thing that gives me pause about this deal is that so much is missing, it makes me want to know more about the history of it beyond just that it is not currently working. You might be looking at a quick-fix or you might be looking at replacing the mother-board so a Janome dealer could tell you the cost involved there. It could take $100-$500 or more to get it working again depending on the problem. If it is not the mother-board, you would have that to look forward to in a few years or sooner.