I had been drooling over a new sewing machine for a long time. I heard so much good things about Bernina, so to be exact, I had been drooling over a middle- to high-end Bernina for many months. Today, I brought my vintage Singer 15-90 over to Larry's Sewing Machines in hope to fix its rattling motor sound. I didn't expect it to be fixed but Larry was so nice that he offered free inspection and figured out the trouble: a loosen skew outside the motor! So in just a few seconds, my machine was fixed with no charge!
Then, I noticed the Berninas and Janomes in his show room. There were the Bernina 750qe that I wanted to try on, and the Janome 1600P-QC that I was quite interested, too. Larry spent two hours explained the machine features and let me try on both of them. The Janome is a very solid, semi-industrial one, but has only straight stitch function. The Bernina is very computerized and has much much more bells and whistles however, after I tried the BSR, I knew it's not for me. I didn't like the "drag" of it. I would rather move the fabric with my hands and let my foot to control the speed and coordinate with my hands.
So, at the end, I decided to get a Bernina 710, a floor model one that Larry gave me a pretty good discount. I was happy with the throat space, the built quality, the screen display, and the overall appearance of the Bernina 750qe, and I was told that the Bernina 710 is basically the same model but without the BSR. This seemingly impulsive purchase was actually a dream-come-true one and also made a great birthday gift! Together with the sewing machine, I ordered a straight stitch needle plate, an extension plate, a walking foot, a patchwork foot, an open-toe free-motion foot, and extra bobbins. Yes! I am completed with all the gadgets for free motion quilting!
I can't wait to pick the machine up next weekend and get myself updated with new sewing machine features.