yes, that is "a good one" in that it is Janome; it is all metal...i am quite sure that is an excellent machine. if you think pants and just constructing basic garments is the most of what you will be doing, i bet you will be very happy with that machine. Some of their other models have a 1 step automatic buttonholer, which is a feature i definitely want, and a reason i havent considered that model in my shopping. I am upgrading my Janome (plan to buy this tomorrow: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...e=Computerized
in going to get that link, i saw this: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02016231000P
, which for the same money i would personally buy over the TB12, because of the buttonholer, and it having so many more stitch functions. But the TB12 is entirely mechanical...which is nice; i love my mechanical Janome, which i have figured out how to fix myself everytime i have gotten into a jam and i am nervous about having a computerized machine- i wouldn't buy one if i didnt have a mechanical for backup, for say if some circuit blew or whatever and it needed to be sent away for repair. ....so i would recommend getting a mechanical machine, which the TB12 you saw is. The same priced one i linked to at sears said it has some "electronic" features, but in the specs, it called it basically mechanical.....OH; here ya go and its less money: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02018221000P
That is what i would get. They probably have it Overstock, too, listed as Janome with an 11-something model number, but i think right now these Sears prices might be beating them. Last I looked, tho, Overstock did have QUITE a few mechanical Janomes, some good basic ones for less than $100 even. I would get one with the automatic buttonholer and more stitches.
Good luck....i hope you love sewing!