So yesterday I stopped by my local sewing machine shop, where I purchased my Janome last fall, to drop off my old Kenmore sewing machine for a tune-up. I tried to use the machine over the weekend to teach my sister to sew (Hi sister, I know you're out there, dreaming about more chicken saddles! :P) and it had some obvious tension problems. No matter what I set the tension at, the bobbin thread was always showing through to the top side of the fabric. So off to the store I trotted to get it fixed as I need it for a sew-in the modern quilt guild is having in a few weeks.
Well, in talking to my sewing machine guy about the machine, I asked him some questions about extra feet for my 6600, and he asked me if I'd heard about the new Horizon 7700.
I told him that I had, and that it looked super nice, but obviously I had just purchased my 6600. At that point he told me that for the first year after I purchased my machine, I can get 100% of what I paid for it if I want to trade it in for an upgrade.
Why did I not know this? How awesome! So now I'm supremely tempted by the new Horizon. I checked it out in person while in the shop and I am very tempted by its extra throat space, the free arm, the extra stitches, and the fact that it comes with a clear extension table, and the extra free-motion feet I was thinking of buying for my machine...but I don't know. I'm thinking about it. It's a lot of money, even just paying the difference between what I paid for my machine and the price of this new one.
But there's also the issue that next week is the AQS show here in Knoxville, and there will be a show special on the machine at the show, at a significantly lower price than the regular price through the shop. I can't get the trade in deal at the show, only buying at the regular price through the shop. So then I thought, maybe I can just sell my machine outright, and even if I don't get all that I paid, I can probably get close, and then I can get the other machine at the show, and with what I'd make from selling my machine, I'd end up paying less of a difference in price than the trade in. Assuming I could sell it. Hmm, I don't know. Anyone interested in buying my machine? Just kidding. Maybe (not really). :)