What brand and model?
Bernina Virtuoso 150 CPS Special Quilters Edition
How long have you had it?
How much does that machine cost?
then 1200.00, now ?
What types of things do you sew?
Everything. Garments, Crafts, Home Dec. vinyl, leather, quilts. I have even run light aluminum through it.
How much do you sew?
I try to sew everyday, but don't always find I am able.
Do you like/love/hate your machine?
I love it. I had an older singer for the first 8 years or so that I sewed. I sewed, sold, and saved just so that I could buy the Bernina. I wanted it for a long time before I had enough money, and now am just as happy with that purchase as the day I got it. (no name, just Bernina)
What features does you machine have that work well for you?
Many optional/exchangeable feet. 150 built in stitches. Complete stainless steel parts. Swiss Engineering.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Not the machine, however I would like the table to be flush with the top of the machine. Someday......
At Christmas, in the year of my great sales/savings for the purchase my ex-husband wrapped up a banana and put it under the tree. He told the kids to be sure and give mom her 'bernana'. I thought he was going to finish out my needed funds, instead he was playing a practical joke.
I didn't think it was very funny.
I would most definitely recommend a Bernina to anyone.
What factors are important to consider?
Reliability, Product Warranty. A sewing machine is something that can last 50 years or more if taken care of. A company that stands behind its product with service and upgrades should be highly considered.
P.S. I also have a Bernina 1300MDC 5 thread serger, a very old industrial White Brothers (for upholstery) and daughter #2 received a Brother Project Runway for this years Christmas.
P.P.S. A quick overview of Bernina online suggests that the Aurora 440QE is as close as what I have now. Price range for this model is $3500.00 listed new.