I see lots of questions on board right now about embroidery machines. I'm questioning just "regular" machines. I've searched the threads and read everything I can get my hands on about both Bernina and Janome.
Here's my story, though. I'd love to hear your input!
I have two dealers in town. One sells Bernina, one sells Janome. I originally wanted the Bernina so have been there twice to test drive and talk to the salesperson. I have a dislike for the store in general, just due to some past experience I've had there, but I guess the Bernina employees solely handle the Bernina part and you don't have to deal with the "regular" personnel. I thought I had decided on the Aurora 430. It did concern me that I went 2 days in a row and talked to 2 different people, the first of whom really wasn't impressive.
Today I went to my "favorite" quilt shop to look at Janomes. The owner herself sat down with me and spent a good 45 minutes going over the 6600P and letting me test drive it. She was very nice, answered all my questions, just had customer service down pat.
So, my question is, looking at the whole big picture, which machine do I go with? Figuring that this is a major investment and that I will likely have dealings in the future with them, having the machine serviced, etc, makes me want to go with the Janome just because I like the people better. In addition, I take quilting classes there and likely buy most of my fabric there.
But, will I regret not getting a Bernina while I had the chance??? I guess I have just not heard one single bad thing about Bernina, while there seem to have been a few glitches with the Janome....
Thanks for sticking with me and reading through all this! I'd love any input at all you can give me...