If money were no object, I'd buy the Bernina Aurora 440 QE. No, I don't quilt but this machine has everything.
- Speed control with a sliding button
- Separate motor for the bobbin winder
- Large, already filled with goodies, accessory box that is easy to remove
- Clear slide on table with easy-to-read seam guides
- Excellent lighting, which supposedly illuminates all the way around the needle
- You can select stitches by numbered buttons and a card with a better illustration of the stitches is included
- One reviewer said the manual is VERY helpful, unlike the vague Singer sewing manuals
- It will tell you when to oil the machine and when to get it serviced
- Stitch regulator so you can create consistent stitches with free-motion
- Will sew through anything
- Tested great with Consumer Reports and tons of great reviews
- There is a lever you can push with your right knee that will lift and lower the presser foot so you don't have to move your hands
- Comes with all but the overlock presser foot
- You can manually adjust the upper thread tension
- One reviewer says you can use several different brands of needles. One of my Singers will only take Singer needles.
This machine scored great on everything, while many machines in the review have trouble sewing one or more types of fabrics. I think that's what impresses me the most...sews through anything reliably. DH almost had a heart attack when I told him the price. Guess I'm saving my fun money for quite some time before I can afford this baby.
This brochure is helpful with understanding some of the features.
Bernina 430/440 brochure