I did it! I got a new machine. Of course, right now it is "just" a Wren-ornamented box on my office floor. That is because I am too exhausted to clean up my sewing room to be worthy of a new sewing machine. I will sort things out in the morning and reward myself with an excursion into Bernina-land! It has to be better than the land-of-loopy I got trying to free-motion quilt on my old-but-still-great-for-straight-stitch New Home. This is the first machine I've ever purchased, and I did it with the grow-into-it philosophy of machine purchasing. Let's hope this decision is a winner (I think it is).