I know there have been numerous posts regarding sewing machines. I have a Viking Sapphire which has issues. After reading so many positive remarks on the Janomes, I am considering the 8200 on which I received a good price. I went in with my own fabric to sew and try out the machine and did not have a positive experience. The salesperson could not find the ankle for the pressure foot, could not seem to work the needle threader and the machine labored over the beginning of several layers of denim. Also, it seemed that the pressure foot pressure was too tight maybe, as it did not sew smoothly or easily. Any thoughts or other Janome 8200 owners' views would be appreciated.