I have a new little machine to take to classes and sewing get togethers. Last year someone brought hers to our sewing retreat and 3 people went out and bought one after seeing hers. They are all really pleased with theirs.
I didn't really need another machine. My Bernina is in great shape after a trip to the sewing machine spa, I think it is better than it was brand new. My Janome Gem is in good shape too, no problems there, but my Janome is a little older and doesn't have some of the features of the newer models. Probably the main thing is that I only have 3 stitch lengths to choose from and that doesn't always suit me. My Gem doesn't have a sewing table extension and I know I could buy one but after seeing this machine I decided that maybe I should buy a new machine.
I read all the reviews and I checked often to see if everyone was still happy with their machine; when I saw that Costco had reduced the price for this month I decided to buy it. It is an inexpensive machine but it has a lot of nice features and the manual is one of the best I have ever used, as well as having a DVD instruction video. I wasn't swayed by the 130 stitches because I have never use more than a few on my Bernina but they are kind of nice to have. It is lightweight, only 13 pounds, which is 1 lb. more than my Gem.
I have been playing with it and I like it. I will keep my Gem till after Quilt Camp in June in case someone needs to use it but then I think I will give it to my great granddaughter. She already likes to sew and I think having her own machine will keep her enthusiastic.