I seem to buy a new sewing machine every few years since I started quilting in late 1999. When I started quilting, I had the original 830 Bernina that I had sewed on for 30 years and it ran like a top, but was so heavy I couldn't lug it around. I had almost every extra foot for it and about 50 bobbins (seriously), the walking foot and the whole enchilada. So, I bought a small Janome to use for classes which worked pretty good.
About a month later I could stand it no longer, so I traded in the 830 (I know, I know, and I knew it at the time, lol) and bought a Bernina 150.
That sufficed until I fell in love withe a Pfaff 2044 because of the integrated dual feed and sewed on it for a while, then traded that up for the 2056, which I upgraded to a 2058 last year.
Sold the Bernina 150 because I had stitched through my finger with it and it took me forever to get my finger out and I had to go get a tetanus shot and I was very leery of that machine after that. There was nothing wrong with it, just me.
A couple of years ago I sold the little Janome to my hairdresser for her daughter so she would have a sewing machine to learn to quilt on. She was 10 at the time and is really a good little seamstress.
Then I decided I should have kept the Janome so I bought another one to use for classes, lol. I still have that one.
Four years ago I bought a BabyLock that only sews with a straight stitch and has a large interior space and a grace sewing frame so I could quilt my own quilts. Changed my mind on that real quick but kept the machine and I still have that one too, only I have never used it. One of these days I am going to use it with the Flynn frame that I have had for a few years. Must be prepared for all possibilities you know.
Then I decided I wanted a small Bernina to use for piecing , satin stitching and blanket stitching. So last year I bought a Bernina 220.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, I got hungry for the larger Bernina because I wanted the controlled tension and that way I could have a Bernina in each of my sewing areas, so I bought a 440. I really, really llike this machine. It is wonderful to sew on.
Now I am going to bid adieu to the Pfaff as I need to get rid of at least one of these machines, and it really is too good of a sewing machine to not be used. Anybody interested?