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I just saw the Brother Duetta 4500 yesterday and it is a BEAUTIFUL machine. It is supposed to come with $700.00 of free Anita Goodesign's, which looked spectacular! I haven't looked at the Ellegante but I was leaning toward the Bernina 730E or the 640E so now I am really confused.
One place quoted me 6000.00 with 2 years same as cash , 1 year warranty and another dealer said 5,000.00 with 5 years free labor, but only has 6 months same as cash. Both dealers are about the same distance (42 miles to one and 50 to the other) and both are really nice people.
Any thoughts on the Bernina machines from anyone? I hear the learning curve is harder so if you stitched the exact same design on a Bernina, Brother, Janome, or an Ellegante can you tell enough difference to warrant one machine over the next? I've noticed the dealers will sit there and tell you how the machine operates and tell you how wonderful it is but so far the Brother dealers are the only ones that let you pick a design and stitched it out. So far this is the ONLY machine I have actually heard run with the exception of the Vikings at JoAnn Fabrics.