Tomorrow is a big day - I'm visiting my family in PA this week, and tomorrow we're trekking out to Amish country so I can buy a new Bernina! I'm very excited since this is something I've wanted for a long time (about five years?) and the timing couldn't be better as I start to sew my wedding dress. My OG machine above, the Bernina 1005, will be going in for a check-up and cleaning and will hopefully have a new friend to come along on the car-ride back to Boston this weekend.
I had to explain to Chris the concept of having more than one machine, he didn't understand...oh grasshopper, you have much to learn! I tried to put in terms he'd get: "you have your twelve-string guitar, your electric, your mandolin..."
Here are the three models I'm considering. Of course, price will really be the determining factor:
530 - probably as basic as I'd go. All of these have an automatic button-hole feature, which is a HUGE deal for me, but I like that this one doesn't have all of those fancy embroidery stitches (don't need), has needle up/down, can wind a bobbin while sewing, etc. Pretty much all of the modern functions of sewing machines out there that I'm dying to have!
560 - this one is a little fancier than the 530. It stitches faster, has a touchscreen, automatic thread cutter, tutorials, and a USB. Not must-haves, but nice-to-haves.
710 - ooo baby, this is a Cadillac of a sewing machine. What's nice about this model is the longer arm, which would allow me to try some machine quilting without bunching up the project too much, or would just be helpful with a bulky garment. It stitches 1000 stitches/minute, has all of the fancy features of the above machines with LED touchscreens, stitch memory, and adjustable presser foot pressure. What really takes the cake is the Bernina Dual Feed - essentially, it has the capability of a built-in walking foot. How cool is that?? One of the reasons for upgrading to a new machine is that it's virtually impossible to find a walking foot for my model (nope, don't want one of those generic "converters" off of eBay). This would be so great to have...but it really comes down to price and what deal I can get. When I called the store they said they had this, but it was a floor model and was being discontinued...so maybe I can get a deal!
Do you have any of the above Bernina models? Wish me luck tomorrow!