One of my Christmas presents this year was combined monetary funds from my husband and parents for a new sewing machine. I'm finding the decision a difficult one without talking to any other crafty ladies about these particular models. I wanted a Bernina but, after speaking with the NY sewing machine store that sells Bernina's their lowest end model is for very occasional sewing and is still out my my price range and I haven't seen any used models. Another sewing center that I went to has the Janome 3050 and the Pfaff Tiptronic 2010 which is their older model on sale. It does not have the IDF system like the others. Another thought in the back of my mind is possibly a Viking. Does anyone have experience with either models listed or the difficulty in use and quality? I'd love to hear your opinions.
I will be using this for various projects over the years. I would like a machine that does all kinds of sewing projects, dressmaking, quilting (as I hope to get into this in the coming years) and can handle various weights of fabrics. Quality of course is important to me as I want to be able to use this machine for years to come.