I have made do with a used sewing machine my whole life. One that never worked properly and made steam come out of my ears. The last one was from my Mom and worked great but didn't do everything I needed it do. I bought this beautiful Janome on Feb. 17 using some money from my inheritance from my Mom. Feb. 17th was the 6 month anniversary of her death and I didn't realize it at the time. I know Mom would be happy that I got a new machine.