My husband is giving me a new sewing machine for Christmas and my birthday (both have passed, but I’ve been looking hard), and I’m trying to make a final decision. I would appreciate any input from all of you out there who have more experience than I do. I would mostly like to make clothing, but I think I would like to quilt some when my children get older. I have narrowed my selections down to the Pfaff Tiptronic 2020 or 2030, the Viking Lily 535, and the Bernina Activa 135 or 145. In the Pfaff and the Bernina the higher model I’ve only listed because of the mirror-image feature. I have two questions. How important is the mirror image feature, if I want to sew but not devote all of my spare time to it? And which or these machines or brands do people like the best. I know that I will receive responses from people who love all three, but I’d love to hear what you have to say. I’m really excited to get my machine soon!