Thanks for the info about the feed dogs and the free arm. (I'm assuming that "free arm" is when there is no "feed dog" attached, right?)
I went back to JoAnn Fabrics and tried out the HuskyStar. I think I prefer the Brother. The Brother NX-200 had better lighting and I was able to control the fabric better. The store I went to (for the Brother) has the same 1 year policy about trade-ins. I could trade it in for a better model within one year. (It doesn't have to be the same brand, which is nice.)
Oh, and she also showed me the Brother ExtraSuperFancy Embroidery Machine. I even got to test it out. I now have an embroidered butterfly with my name embroidered above it. Wasn't that sweet of my saleslady? Now, if I want another one, I'll have to shell out $6000. I'm seriously considering it. A long way down the road, of course.
I've heard mixed reviews about Brother. The saleslady told me that the Brother NX-200 is made in Japan whereas other, lower cost models are made in China. The ones in Japan are supposed to be better quality.
Oh, and here's a list of information about the Brother:Computerized Sewing Machine with convenient touch pad operation panel and 50 built-in stitches
The NX-200 puts all the function buttons at your fingertips in one convenient, easy-to-use touch pad operation panel. This computerized sewing machine is feature packed and available at an affordable price. It offers 50 built-in stitches and special features that allow you to sew perfect seams on any weight fabric. The extra-large sewing bed was designed for easy handling of large articles such as bed linens and quilts.
* Street pricing may vary.
Estimated Street Price: $600*
Stitch Width and Length: 5.0mm Length 7.0mm Width
Utility stitch functions: 22
Decorative stitch functions: 12
Needle Threading System: Manual/automatic
Needle Stop Position: Programmable
Upper Thread Tension: Manual
# of needles: 1
Bobbin winding system: F.A.S.T. System
Machine Speed: 850 spm
Free Arm: Yes
Presser foot attachment: Snap-on
Drop Feed Dogs: 6
Presser Foot Pressure Adj.: Programmable
Presser Foot Lift: Manual
Presser Foot Height: Preset
Lighting: Dual LED
**I love how it says "street pricing." Like it's a drug or something. "Do you have any idea the street value of that sewing machine!"
Here's a picture:
Oh, and the lady also told me that she could sell it to me for $500 (that is $100 off).