A few of the ladies in my quilt group have a Janome Jem Gold. I have looked at the local sewing stores and on line and the least expensive that I found it was $199.00.
I had made a trip to my local sewing machine store because I needed some bobbins for my Viking. They carry the Janome line and had the Jem Gold 3, the new model, I was asking the sales person about the machine, their cost was $249. She mentioned they had a used one, someone returned in an upgrade. The former owner had it only a few months.
The price of the used machine was $149....whoo hoo!!! It only took me a second to ponder, and say "I'll take it."
So I am now the proud owner of my own Jem Gold 3!!!
It will be useful for top stitching, it really has a very nice stitch, and I won't have to spend so much time changing thread.
And it is so portable, I will even take it on our two week vacation to the lake this summer!
I love a good deal!!!