Hi all - I am new here and trying to buy a new machine. I was out shopping this morning and found a great offer on a floor model Elna 7100, about $300 less than the Janome, which the saleswoman said was the exact same machine. After trying to do a bit of research online, though it seems I can't find out any information on this Elna model. Does anyone know anything about this model or has anyone used it for a while? I am leaning toward this, as the Janome is so much more, but I want to make sure I am really getting the same quality.
It seems people are usually happy with Janomes and their service - does anyone have experience with Elna machines? How is their customer service?
Anyone have rec's of another similar machine that they love (looking in the $700ish range)? I am primarily looking for something I can piece and FMQ with, as well as some straight line quilting from time to time. I don't need anything with extra decorative stitches, as I have another machine that has all of those functions, but just doesn't have enouch throat space and has very frustrating tension and pulling problems while quilting.
Thanks for any help you can give - I'm getting quite overwhelmed with all the choices!