Hi everyone, I currently have a Singer Futura Ce-150 sewing/embroidery machine. When I got it, I didn't know anything about embroidery. It has been a great beginner machine. BUT, I'm preparing to upgrade in the next 6mos. I'm wanting a bigger embroidery field(currently have 5x7), automatic thread cutter, larger sewing area from needle to neck, and able to leave embroidery unit attached while sewing. I've looked at Babylock Elegante3 and Ellisimo Gold. One feature I like on both of those machines is that you can sew/embroider on leather. Does anyone have opinions on durability of these machines? If I'm going to spend over $5000, I want it to last a LONG time.
Are there other brands that are better quality for the money? Such as Janome, Bernina, etc.
Any help/opinions will be GREATLY appreciated!!!!