I have been wanting a new sewing machine for about two years now. I have been using a 30-year-old New Home that I have had to constantly fight with, despite regular maintenance. It was just old. So I broke down last weekend and bought a new Janome Magnolia (computerized model) for $349. I know it wasn't the most frugal thing to do, but quilting is one of my few hobbies and having a machine that works well really helps me enjoy my hobby. It certainly wasn't the most expensive machine out there. Some women in my guild have machines that run into the thousands of dollars. But for me, this was the right price with the right features that should last a long, long time!