Because I was asked to make a special quilt for a friend, I finally realized I'd like a machine that does something other than a straight stitch. I would like to be able to applique occassionally but I love my Juki machines which are straight stitch only. So I decided since I have the Juki 2000 on a quilt frame and could take it off if need be, maybe I would like something that would allow me to do some decorative work. Unfortunately in order to afford it I would have to sell my small embroidery machine and my Juki TL-98.
Looking at the new plastic machines on the market I decided to buy an older Bernina Artista. While it was a nice machine it became an $800 nightmare. Bernina only supports software for so long then you have to buy updates. Found free update then had to have special cable with a serial port since I use a laptop. After all that I realized embroidery just isn't for me. I have enough hobbies already. So off the Bernina went to Craigs List (sold for almost what I paid it thankfully) but it meant I still needed an every day machine as I sold my Juki 98.
I was so thrilled to see Juki just starting offering a higher-end computerized machine with 200+ stitches. And, it was the exact amount I paid and sold the Bernina for, yeah. So it arrived Friday and I LOVE this machine. Juki just makes an amazing product, no questions asked. Here's a picture of the HZL-F400.