I went to our monthly sit & sew last night at my LQS & somehow we started talking about the different sewing machines. I have a Janome 5700 embroidery machine which I just love and said that I would probably never get another new machine because this one did everything I wanted to do. Well------ the owner of the quilt shop said that now was a good time to get a new machine because the new ones were coming out & a lot of people were trading up & that started me thinking. Bad idea! I do my own quilting, mainly SID, so I would like to have a wider throat & also a bigger hoop. I was out running some errands & I thought I'd stop at the store that I've bought my other machines from just to see how much a new or a used one would be. The one that would have what I wanted was the Janome 9700 which new is about $3,000. When I heard that I said I don't think so & asked if they ever got used ones & they had just gotten one in last week that wasn't used very much. Need I say more? They said they don't get that one in very often so after finding out the used price & it coming with two extra hoops & the larger throat I asked the gal if I would be stupid not to get it & she said yes! It still will cost $1300. but that is a heck of a lot better than the $3,000. Problem is I haven't told hubby yet & I'll have to try & sell my 5700 too since they said they don't take trade ins because they have discontinued making them & I'd be better off selling it myself. I had bought that used 10 years ago at a very good price so I definitely got my money's worth out of it. I still can't believe I bought it since I was just going to do some checking on them. Oh well, it must have been meant to be right????? I can't wait to get it now but it'll probably be sometime next week since they haven't had a chance to go over it all. I guess I won't be buying much fabric for awhile!