From: Southern California
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I have an old Bernina 180 that I love. It's a real workhorse. I actually bought the Bernina 580 about 1 1/2 years ago. It had so many screens to go through that I just hated i,t and I could never get the needle threader to work reliably. But, it had a great stitch! Others, just love this machine. The 700's and 800's are too much machine for me, too big, too heavy, too many things that I'd never do.
I traded it in for a Bablylock Journey. Had horrific bobbin problems with it. 50% of the time I had it, it was in the shop and the problem was never fixed. If I hear the words "user error" again I'll probably scream. Turns out that it is a bobbin issue for those machine and I'm not the only one with that problem. I then I turned it in for the Babylock Destiny2. I love this machine...except it too has bobbin issues but not as bad as that Journey. There are a lot of great machines out there. I love the Babylock because it is so easy to use, the low bobbin sensor actually works, and the thread cutter is great, and it has the only needle threader that is really automatic.
ve a embroidery machine, so you probably know what functions you want. The only reason I got another Babylock is that the shop only carried Bernina and Babylocks and did not refund money.