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I'm having a tough time deciding between the Designer 1 and Bernina 185E (very similar to Bernina 180). I look forward to exploring machine embroidery, which is a new world for me, but I will continue to do lots of dressmaking. My main concern is stitch quality for straight sewing and embroidery. I would also like a quiet machine. Whichever choice I make I will buy from the same dealer, so dealer support should be the same. The Designer 1 has a color screen and even more built-in stitches than the Bernina 185E. The Bernina 185E can do free arm embroidery. I think I like the dials for stitch width and length on the Bernina: my current machine is a wonderful New Home 7500 but I dislike using a button for adjusting stitch width & length---I preferred the dial I had on my old mechanical Viking. I like Viking designs more than Bernina designs, but once I get software I can use designs from many sources on either machine, right?
Any advice? Any other questions I should consider?