Well after reading hundreds of reviews of the brother embroidery machine I have decided that well the embroidery area of 4x4 might limit my creativeness and that I might regret it in the near future. I am looking at the Janome 350 E now. It has a 5x7 hoop with an upgradable gigahoop 7.9x9.1) for only $100. It definitely seems like a huge investment but I am certain that if I can save for it, it will pay off. I would love to get a used one but I am having troubles finding one right now, probably because it's a fairly newer model.