Thanks for the welcome and all your opinions. It's great to research these things, but it's very helpful for me to hear what others have to say that have actually used the machine in their home.
I'm still undecided. It's not in the budget to buy a new machine so I've been looking at used. I'm not too worried as we have a great repairman in town and he's certified to work on Janome machines. He just doesn't have any used machines that I want right now. Of course he could sell me one of the sparkling new machines he has in the shop .
I'm calling about a 9000 today. Although I would love to be sewing on one right now, I have time to wait. Patience doesn't come easy though.