I have tried very hard to have an open mind after the bad experience I had during my "lesson" picking up the machine. And I have to say, when this machine works ... it's great! I love all the features and am pretty comfortable with all the controls and settings now.
I was starting to like this machine ... until ... Bum Bum BAH!! (ominous music) I started sewing a corset yesterday. This machine does not like 2 layers of coutil with bone tape on top.
Look what happened!!!
I'm going to give it one more day, but I'm not hopeful. See it's actually good I'm busy now, even though I don't have TIME to mess with a temperamental machine. But, this machine is getting a realistic workout.
Read all about it here.
Really, I feel so stupid to have been SO Bernina loyal. I just have had, for years, great experience with many Berninas. I was figuring you get what you pay for and I was will to PAY. My husband was equally loyal to Volvo cars until they started getting bad reviews in Consumer Reports. Companies change, that's a fact. Before the 1970's Singer was the "go to" reliable brand.
Oh ... I need to whine ....This is going to be such a headache to pack up and return ... OY!
But, please what do people think of this Juki, or other machines?
Here are my requirements.
Must haves: knee lift, up-down needle control, zig-zag and stretch stitches, sews fast and very strong and good buttonholes
Desires: Large working area (the harp), some nice fancy stitches and an alphabet would be cool.