I am looking for solid pros or cons to buying a computerized Bernina sewing machine (not embroidery). Having used an Elna Supermatic since about 1963 I have not needed to look for another machine and am not familiar with brands/models that are available, other than looking at Bernina because of brand reputation. I am self-taught as far as basic sewing skills are concerned which include some dress making, changing patterns (most of the time), sewing with lace, but have never been able to utilize all features my Elna was supposed to offer. Those special stitch discs did not hold their promise and I have used this “top of the line” machine for just very basic stitches. However my time has also always limited my productivity and/or creativity. Now, finally semi-retired, I would like to sew more, especially since today’s fashion (particularly short skirts & sleeveless dresses) looks riduculous on a mature woman because the proportions don’t work.
The machine that intrigues me is the Activa 230 PE which offers the automatic buttonhole, but it also costs about $400 more than the 220.
Would really appreciate input to help save (or spend) money.