Hi, Welcome to the asylum!
First thing I would do is the "Needle Valve Mod". This will give you much better control over your temperatures. Just do a search fro needle valve mod, you can get what you need from these folks:
http://www.bayouclassicstore.com/ Not affiliated, just a...
Yeah, I got the same email, but when I went to the foodsaver site and checked the "Wheres my order" button, it said it is processing, for what ever that is worth. I'll check for a few more days, and also keep an eye on my Paypal acct.. If not, I'll stick with my vacmaster as well.