I ask that as a question because I am going to buy a machine. It seems to me that a lot of people say Berninas are the best and love them for their features but all the people that love Berninas also think that Bose makes quality audio equipment. I am starting to think that Berninas only seem better because of their marketing and clever salespeople that work on a distributor only network, almost like multi-level marketing. I have tried them out, they all seem slow compared to any decent brand equivalent, and not just seem slow but are slow. Any Janome, Juki, Husquavarna, Elna, Necchi, White, Brother, Kenmore seems to be a much more solid machine at an equal price point. So I ask the board: are Berninas legit? or are they just useless feature packing machines?
I don't have a Bernina, but I love my Husquavarna sewing machine and Janome serger. I have had a few sewing machines and the Husky is by FAAAAAAR the best I have used. Of course, I don't have a need for embroidery or anything too fancy so I have a basic model. At any rate, enjoy your search!
I have a Bernina Artista that is about 10 years old. Honestly, I never sewed on it much. Berninas make a clippity clop sound as they sew and after a while, it just annoyed me so much that I quit using it. Right now, I have a Viking Designer SE that I like a lot. It sews beautifully. Pretty soon, I'm going to buy the new Brother Quattro. Brother makes the most user friendly machines! I sat down at my dealer's shop and had it figured it pretty quickly. The foreign machines, including Bernina, have more of a learning curve. When I sew, I don't like having to figure things out, I just want to put my foot to the pedal. :)
I have a Bernina 1090. I've had it for about 12 years. I absolutely love it. I worked in a blouse factory for a while and got used to industrial machines and their speed. When I bought this machine that was one of the things I liked about it. It sews very fast, it has a button that can make it sew half-speed if you need more control. This machine is no longer made but I wouldn't think the newer models would be made to sew a lot slower, or made inferior. Just my opinion.
I believe that whether one machine is better than another is just personal choice. It's the same as which car is better. Some wouldn't drive anything but a Ford and others are GM lovers, etc. IMO, which sewing machine to choose depends on what you plan to do with it, what features you want or need and how much money you can afford to pay.
I sell Pfaff and Singer. I find that every sewing machine has some things you like and some things you don't. I can't say there is a perfect machine out there. I agree with Heyjudee it's a personal choice. I give alot of classes on my machines and some students (adult and kids) will sew great on Pfaff and some sew better on Singer. If I put a new student on the fancy stitch machines they have issues at first, mainly because they don't know how to use the machine properly. After using the machine and with lessons they get more comfortable and love the machine. I sell Pfaff because I personally like the IDT feed and alot of quilters in my area have Pfaff. The most important advice I have is learn everything about the machine and it will work better for you. A machine is as good as the user who is using it. Even as a Dealer I have to go for training a couple times a year.
iI HAVE A BERNINA THAT i HAVE USED FOR 20 + YEARS, ITS STILL MY FAVORITE MACHINE, i ALSO HAVE A NEWER bERNINA ARTISTA,i GREW UP ON A SINGER, BUT THERE IS NO COMPARSION BECUASE OF THE AUTOMATIC THREAD TENSION ON THE BERNINA. GIVE IT A TRY, YOU WON"T BE SORRY...ANN SMITH
I've been sewing on a bernina 1130 for 25 yrs. and I love the thing--I had a 930 before that and loved it, too. Last year my husband replaced my Elna serger (which replaced a burnette by bernina) with a new bernina one--and I love it. I truly believe that a sewing machine is a very individual choice but for me, I'll ALWAYS have a bernina.
gloria. about 6 years i replaced my elna serger( NEVER DID FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IT'). iI have a 4 thread bernina and I love it so much, I an trying to get use to my newer bernina, but fall back on the old one alot. I have both of them set up at the same time. I have not learned the embrodery system . but hope to soon. one of my good friends taught home ecnomics for years, she is the one who convinced me to my my first Bernina. It has been a great choice. I will always be a bernina fan. ann smith