Meet my Janome 1600P-QC aka The Beast ! A bit different to the Bernina to say the least, and so far it hasn't got out of medium speed mode as I'm quite keen to keep my fingers a while longer, but what a joy it is to have the extra throat space! I opted for the 1600 rather than something with all the bells & whistles thinking that a straight stitch only machine fitted the bill, as I very rarely use the embroidery stitches on the Bernina or the Janome 6260QC these days.
It's taking a bit of time to get used to the side loading bobbin and having to change the needle plate for FMQ, but so far the benefits are far greater than the inconveniences.
There have been teething problems, aren't there always, but hopefully these are now sorted and I am ready to try a 'proper' quilt with it rather than the continue with the evergrowing mountain of practice squares - I just hope that it performs up to expectations! Who knows, maybe someday I might even be pursuaded into buying a frame :-)
I did manage a couple of totes with it during playtime which have turned out OK. I am particulary pleased with the one made from two orphan blocks which is just the right size to carry around with me for my stitchery .