Thank you for your very generous comments. If only I had a solution to the time issue - oh well we'll just have to do the best we can with the time we have. I noticed you hav a Janome 6600. I have the 6500 but hopefully will be soon upgrading to the 6600. Would love to have the acufeed system. How do you find it? Of course, I drool over the new Horizon but at AUS$12,000 won't be bringing one home any time soon!!