Sew, I finally managed an eight-point star. Though far from perfect I think it encouraged me enough to keep trying. I donít know what possessed me to make the star black and the background yellow rather than reversed, but I like it. My machine still has a hard time going through so much fabric all at once and Iím eyeing a used Pfaff for just that reason. The little Janome is great but that much fabric is just too much for the little thing to handle I fear.