Help a lost person! Janome, Viking, etc
I am about to drive myself crazy and it is only a short walk! I have read as many opinions on this site and Pattern Review that I can find about the embroidery machines. But, I am going to ask one more time-which TOL or as close to TOL that I can afford should I choose. Janome, Viking, Bernina. After many years of having only a regular sewing machine, I bought a Pfaff 2144 about 3 years ago. I have the same problem with it that I have seen here and Pattern Review. It is complicated and the manual is confusing. After many years of selling Berninas, the dealer decided to also sell Pfaff. The promised support never happened. We are self-employed; so my time and money are limited. Plus, I am not a spring chicken anymore and the brains take a little longer to figure out things.
The main things that I want are a machine that will be easier to operate and understand, and if it exists, a machine that will change the density of a design if it has too many stitches for the fabric. Otherwise, I will need to find software to do that. As you all know they get you with the software and the cost of it. I only got the limited package of software with my Pfaff. I have to get another add on in order to change density.
The one good thing about the Janome is the extra wide work area to the right of the needle and you seem to get more for your money. The Janome dealer that I went to quit handling Brother due to change in quality. How true I do not know. From what I can read, BL appears to be more expensive and they give you less. The up side to Viking is that it uses the same software as my Pfaff. With the Bernina, I’d have to travel a long distance to a different dealer plus they cost more for less as well. My last question is about the bobbin and the hook. Some people claim that the bobbin and hook on the Bernina and Pfaff are better. True or not?
I cannot really believe that I am even thinking of doing this, but I am just not happy with my Pfaff or the dealer. Would you all come to the aid of a lost person one more time with your wisdom and opinions please?!!! Thanks much.