I have 4 Berninas. Two sewing machines a serger and an embroidery machine. I purchased my 1260 while I was an employee of a Bernina dealer. I had to have the computer replaced about 5 years ago but the machine certainly doesn't owe me anything. I like having a seperate embroidery machine first because it was less expensive, it is basically a Brother machine as they held the patent when it was made. I can also be running something on it while I am sewing on the other machines. I also hate having to dismantle parts of one machine to make it do other functions. That is the reason I spent more for a serger that would also do the rolled hem with just the push of a button rather than changing the plates etc. I am not interested in a Bernina that sews and embroiders even though it would be able to do the 7 inch designs. The decorative stitches that came with my machine are more than I can ever use now.