I am trying to decide which one to get my wife for Christmas. I haven't had much luck finding reviews in the traditional sense so I was hoping some people here would help me out. I dug around the forums but didn't see anything that could answer my questions. So here it is.
My wife has taken a few classes, made us some curtains, etc and would like to do more sewing with two girls on the way in March. I know she used a Bernina in the classes and really liked them. I know they are pricey, but of course I know they are top of the line as well. We also have a Baby Lock dealer nearby that I have talked to and they seem like very nice machines, especially with that auto threader and thread cutting feature. Even got one or positive responses about them.
So I am considering the Bernina 430(without the embroidery attachment to start) versus the Baby Lock Ellure Plus(which comes with an embroidery attachment). Both are about the same price(disregarding the fact that I need to buy the $1000 embroidery attachment for the Bernina down the line, so yes it would be more expensive down the line).
She is probably going to kill me anyway for spending that much but I thought at least with the Baby Lock she has the embroidery already built in for the twins that are coming. How are the Baby Lock Machines? There didn't seem to be as many posts in the sewing machine problems forum but that could be that they just aren't as popular as the Bernina's. I don't think I could go wrong with the Bernina either, except for the extra cost of the embroidery part.
As a woodworker I can certainly appreciate a top of the line or very good working machine for my hobbies so I don't really want to do anything wrong with this selection. I would hope that whichever I choose could last 10-15 years or so for her until maybe she wanted something else. And both seem to have 20+year warranties on them.
Does one offer a better program with more options via the computer linkup? I have been ready their websites but can't quite tell. It does seem the Baby Lock has a few more features and isn't as expensive but probably isn't made quite to the standards of the Bernina either. Correct?
Any insight to either of these would be very much appreciated.