Anyway, this last year, I tried a new approach. I told him what I wanted and where to get it. On Christmas morning, there were no surprises or tears. So win-win. Right?
After extensive research in Consumer Reports, on Amazon, and after talking to my sister-in-law, I decided that the Brother machine was a good fit for me. It was only $89 (89!!!) and has actually gone down a bit in price. I have been very happy with this decision. I enjoy using the machine so much that I have been known to say, multiple times a day, "[Mr. H-B], best Christmas present ever!"
Someday I'm sure I'll want an upgrade, but for the time being, I'm happy with my new toy.