I am completely new to this site, but i love to sew. My old Elna is on its last leg. My husband wants to buy me a really nice sewing machine to use in my retirement. I quilt, sew household items, tailor, do heirloom sewing, etc. I have looked locally and it looks like the best service and follow-up classes are at the Viking or Bernina dealer. I love the stitch regulator on the Bernina Artista 730, but the Viking SE has a wonderful light and I like the computer screen better on the front of the machine. Both dealers swear their machine is the best. And yes, I do want the embroidery and all of the stitches so that I can make some of my supplies for heirloom sewing and do monograming, etc. Does anyone have any comments about these two machines? Are the extras (feet, etc.) more expensive with one or the other? Help! This is probably the last machine I will ever buy as I am 56, so I want to make the right decision.
Thanks for the input.