In celebration of our 16th wedding anniversary, my dear and sweet husband told me to forget the borrowed machine and go buy one for myself. After a long day of shopping...I am lucky to have dealers for Bernina, Viking, and Janome all in the same town...I came home really wanting a Bernina but unable to fit what I wanted into our budget. Being a little frustrated and disappointed, I prayed for some guidance. Lo and behold, I happened upon an ad (I love craigslist!) that had just been posted minutes before. Not only was the machine barely used, it was being offered below my budget! I could use the leftover cash for stablilizers and fabric! After a phone call and 5-hour round trip drive to Atlanta, I am the proud owner of a practically new Bernina Aurora 430 w/embroidery attachment. There are so many accessories: presser feet, hoops of all sizes, software, carrying cases, etc.
I plan to take classes at my local Bernina store. In the meantime, I'm devouring the manuals and workbooks that came with the machine. I plan to try the embroidery today. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. I'm sew excited!