We have to wait until Monday to bring it home because my dealer just got it as a trade in and had the table at his home because it wouldn't fit in his store and wanted to service the machine before it came home with us. I'm not even sure what model the machine is! I know it's a Janome (1600P I think but not sure at all!).
Table and Machine after tax $851. Called my DH and he said I'd be in trouble if I didn't jump on that offer! Best DH EVER!!!!
I know it might seem impulsive to purchase it without looking close at the machine and not even having seen the table but I know my sewing guy and he is the most honest person I've ever met that owns a business. I got my Elna 5200 from him and since I bought it new from him he services it free anytime no exclusions as often as needed. He also guarantees that every part is in working order and accounted for, heck he said to call after we get it home and set up and will come to my house (free) and teach me how everything works! His business has been here forever and if any of his customers (actually you don't even have to be a customer) has a question or needs troubleshooting just call him up. He knows exactly what I am looking for and need in a machine, in short I really trust him!
I did ask a few questions though, the table will accomodate a long-arm machine up to 18" throat, the machine coming with it is compatable with a stitch regulator but does not come with one. He can get one for me and install it for about 6-7 hundred, I found one on e-bay for 5 but I don't know about installing it myself or if either of these is a decent deal......
I am a bit nervous because I just did some measuring and found out the only wall in our house long enough to accomodate it is the living room! oops.... well I guess the house will have to be rearranged because I don't think a deal like this well show up again!
Soooo...... I would love to know what you know about learning to use a mid-arm machine that a complete newbie would need to know. Thread preference, batting preference, how many tops should I have ready to learn on? Anything I should beware of? What is a good thing to begin practicing on? You know all the beginner questions I'm sure you've answered a million times on here just explain it a million and one please!!! lol