Well, meet my Mother's Day, Christmas, birthday, and anniversary present for the next 7 years or so. I actually got an incredible deal on this machine. To make a VERY long story short: I got this virtually brand new (20 hrs. of sewing on it) Janome Horizon 7700 for almost $1000 less than the price I was quoted for a new machine by my local Janome dealer. I know what you're thinking: "But, but, but what about the free lessons? What about the service? What about the warranty? Why would someone sell a machine with only 20 hours of sewing on it - must be a lemon!"
Here's the long and short of it: this was an "impulse buy" of sorts by the original owner. She bought the machine to put on a quilting frame to make art quilts. After the purchase, she talked with the lady she's buying the frame from who told her that this machine was absolutely not the right one to put on a frame - she needed a non-computerized, straight-stitch only machine. She was going to trade it in for said straight-stitch machine, but the dealer she bought the Horizon from didn't carry machines like that. SO - she decided to find a buyer for it. ME!
I did my homework before buying this machine. I called the company and the dealer she bought the machine from. I scoured the internet for reviews and red flags. I ran numbers. I found out that, although the company warranty doesn't technically transfer to me as the second owner, the dealer she used would, in fact, teach me how to use the machine (for free) and perform any needed service and repairs (just like they would have for a first owner). Fantastic news!
So that's the somewhat short version of how I ended up with this AWESOME sewing machine. I can't wait to see what this baby can do :)