This is the first time I've reviewed a sewing machine. I was going to wait until I had the machine longer, but because it has had mixed reviews decided to do initial review now, and update in six months. I've had several sewing machines and brands, but always found something lacking or didn't like. I love Pfaff's IDT, but hate it's menu system. I found myself reading manuals and going to one menu after another instead of sewing. I felt I also owned too many machines, and was looking for one that could do everything I needed for the type of sewing I do. I also wanted a machine that six months from I wouldn't be back looking at machines for some feature I hadn't thought of. I finally sat down and listed everything I felt I had to have, and another list with things I would like but could live without. Because I had bought a Bernina 550QE within the last year my dealer took it in as a trade-in, and gave me every penny I had paid for it. I was seriously looking at the 600 series, but really wanted a new machine with a full warranty. When I discovered the 750 I was elated. It had every thing on both my lists, and more. I didn't think I would like the way the presser foot hoovers, but after trying it now love it. I had a knee lift with several of my prior machines, but never used them as I didn't see any benefit from doing so. I now routinely use my knee lift in conjunction with the hovering, and realize the reason I didn't like them before was because I didn't have them in the right position. This one slipped right in like a glove. I like being able to see how the stitches will form. I've had no problems putting in or taking my bobbin out after the first time. I read the instructions in the manual along with watching it on the screen tutorial. I find the online tutorials helpful and easy to navigate. As a quilter I love that the bobbins hold more thread, and how easy it is to wind a bobbin. Which you can do while still sewing because of the separate motor. I find both the instruction manual and online tutorials user-friendly. I love sewing on it as it runs so smooth. I just pieced a quilt in two days with every corner precisely matched up. The reason I even considered Pfaffs was because I loved their IDT feature. Now Bernina has installed the same system in the 750 so my fabric feeds evenly. I haven't had a problem with it, but because I do so much piecing I did order a stitch plate with just the single hole. I've had no problems with tension or quality of stitches. Although I mainly quilt, I've decided to do more garment sewing now that I have a machine that makes several different styles of buttonholes and the insertion of zippers so much easier. You can actually "tell" the button hole size you need by holding the button on the screen. I can't possibly name all the wonderful things this machine can do. I was contemplating getting the embroidery module right away, but have decided to wait until I get to know my machine, and all the things it can do .
* I should have added the price I paid was 2800.00 plus a trade-in
( Bernina 550QE) The retail was 4499.00. Sorry for the confusion.
I got ahead of myself and put bobbins in the accessory case before reading a manual. The bobbins have to be inserted so the sensors are always facing one side. When I went to remove the one bobbin I inserted incorrectly I found that it was wedged in. The store technician was kind enough to remove it, and then insert it correctly. I know a lot of people complain about the price of Bernina feet, but you don't have to buy them all at once. I try to buy one new presser foot whenever I go to a class. It might be $30 or more, but I know people that spend that much on a new dress or lunch. When you look at their feet you can see that they are made to last.
I don't know if this is the right place to put this, but I learned the way, that for me, I'm better off buying machines (I have now bought the machines I want and plan to keep), and accessories from my dealer then e-bay. You can't believe everything you read on e-bay. Even if you end up returning the machine it' still costly as you have to pay return shipping costs. When I sell something on e-bay I will mention any imperfection, but have found that not everyone does so. In some cases I've found presser feet on e-bay costing more then at your dealer.
I also know that if I have a question or a problem concerning my machine I can call my dealer, and he will make it right.