I was able to pick up my sewing machine yesterday at Quilter's Alley--a day earlier than I'd originally anticipated. Their owner, Stuart, is such a sweet gentleman, and even helped put the machine into my car for me.
The machine itself is running beautifully, and is clean as a whistle! He had good advice for keeping my machine in good repair for the long term, (like making sure it wasn't left in extreme temperatures) and his shop offers lots of different classes--not just for quilting, but also for apparel.
Can't wait to stop back in!