So without further ado.....
This is the machine I was using, a borrowed machine from my mama:
And here is Miss Janome:
And her lovely accessories:
So far, it is a dream. It sews quickly, quietly, and straight as a board. I've never used a computerized machine before - in fact I was a little nervous about it - but so far, it's looking good!
I made the decision to exchange machines after I encountered a few problems with the original machine I got (a Singer Talent from Joanne). At that time I didn't know squat about sewing, let alone quilting. A few things I like about this new machine as opposed to the others: speed control - will be good for free-motion. The assortment of feet - this machine came with all the feet I could ever need (except an open toe, which is on order from, you guessed it, amazon.com!). The outer left top swings open like a door, which could be helpful if anything gets jammed or tangled. There is plenty of quilting space to move and support for whatever I'm working on, though it also removes, in case you need something to wrap around (hemming maybe?). Drop Feed, 'nuff said. Tension adjustment. Setting for needle placement - the needle can be set to the left, right or middle of the throat plate. Easy loading and viewable bobbin (Singer had this, Brother did not - though the Brother is quite a bit older, I think).
I'm excited to try some stitching techniques I've never tried before, and sewing different kinds of projects.
Here is some stuff I have to play around with in the next few weeks:
Reusnneries Deux by French General for Moda (Charm Pack)
Make Do and Mend by Michele D'Amore for Benartex (Charm Pack)
St. Remy de Provence by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics (Twice the Charm)