Thank you all who contributed to my retirement gift in May. Yesterday Sylvia came with me and I picked up my new sewing machine. I only had to add $85 of my own to it. It's at home still in the box for next week's checking it out while I'm at a quilting retreat weekend.
Initially I was going for a Juki but there also was a similar model by Brother for the same price so I "test drove" both and felt more comfortable with the Brother.