As exciting as this prospect may seem it can become just as daunting when one doesn't know what to look for. With Christmas coming closer I suspect a couple of us would like to put a new machine on our list to Santa but then we need to specify exactly what we need.
Sew, Mama, Sew's site and the best part of this article is that it has printable PDF documents with things such as "Wants/Needs" and "Questions to ask the dealer".
Furthermore a huge list of reviews can also be found here.
If you see a new machine in your immediate future you should read this over HERE.
And my personal belief when buying a machine - 'find a dealer with the best after sales service."