It's been a long time coming, but I finally bought a real sewing machine. After 2 hours at the dealer and a lot of trying out some other less expensive brands I kept on going back to the bernina. Maybe it's because my mother had a Bernina so it's what I learned on, but it just felt comfortable. I felt like I could go home and open the box and start sewing right away (which of coarse I did). So I am now the proud owner of a Bernina Activa 220. I have only had it for two days, but so far so good. It doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it is sturdy. After working on a 30 year old machine for so long I can't tell you how exciting a buttonhole function is to me. I am also looking forward to my free classes to make sure I know everything there is to know about this little beauty.