I DID IT!! I tested the Janome Horizon, decided that this is the machine for me, and made a downpayment. Today the dealer was willing to take $500.00 off, and include a carrying case on wheels, large quilting thread spindles, and more.
I'll have to wait a few days for it to come in, but YAHOO! May 1st can't come fast enough!
Of course, now I'm wondering if I was too impulsive....but heck...I got 30 years of life out of my last (and only) sewing machine. I bought it as a teenager with my babysitting money. Even back then I wanted a Pfaff, Bernina or Singer, but had to settle for the Kenmore. I think I've waited long enough! :)