I did it! I traded in my Janome 6600 (which I loved dearly) for the new Janome Horizon 7700 and I am in love again! This new machine has all the wonderful qualities that my 6600 had and more. The best feature is the added throat space. It has 11" from needle to base and 4.7 " in height. They added a free arm and a automated plate converter (no more fabric getting stuck in the hole while doing points!). Also, this machine comes with 3 different free motion quilting feet. So far I have only done some piecing work with the 1/4" foot and it is working great. I am hoping to start quilting my mermaid quilt this week. It is going to be a dream on this machine!