I paid $1200 plus tax and shipping for this Japanese sewing machine. It comes with a cover that has a handle so you can carry it. It also does very sophisticated quilting and as homemade quilts can cost over $1000 or more, then this machine might payback in time. It also has an automatic threader, which is rare. If you have trouble threading fine needles then this will do the trick. Fabrics locally are pretty inexpensive unless you are looking for something less often used, then you will have to look online for fabrics sold in New York City or any design capital. China might sell fabrics cheaply online to US citizens. Please respond through this ad if you want to purchase. Cash only.