I bought mine at full price plus shipping. I hardly ever spend like that. I really like it. It reminds me of my days of youth when I embroidered. My other crafty friends say it looks like it takes too long.. but to me that is part of the joy of using it. You DO need to buy the foam cutting mat. If you are considering it, you might like to use a friends first! I make several paper border strips and then use the Sew Easy and sit for a while with a cup of tea and my "sewing"... very relaxing!