So, we wandered over to the Janome booth and I explained to the sales person what I needed a machine for. I tried out a couple of machines and found I really liked the Elna Q7200. Unfortunately, the price was more than I could afford so I halfheartedly asked about payment plans, knowing that wasn't an option for me. I figured at least I had a number in my head for what I had to save up for a new machine. As I was talking to the salesperson, my mother interrupted and offered them $300 under the show price, which was $700 under the list price and said we wanted to take it that day. Uh, what?! I had to sit down. My mother was offering to buy me that sewing machine! And amazingly, they took the offer! So, my good news for the day, is that I now have a beautiful new sewing machine that I thought I would have to wait months to afford. My mother's price? A quilt and some pillows. Done, and done!
Here it is:
More info about it here.
My mother's comment to the salesperson when the transaction was finished: "I just love surprising my children."