Yes, with a portion of my tax refund - about three months ago I bought a Bernina from a dealer that was retiring (after 50 years) and received a significant discount. I chose the Bernina Aurora 430. I didn't really need a new machine - but I did want to upgrade at the discounted price and try a Bernina. It was a difficult decision in terms of what model to buy and I didn't have a lot of time to think about it.
I list the pattern review HERE. I am happy I bought it - make not mistake - this is a luxury. After purchasing it I gave my Janome TB30 to my brother's fiance because her machine broke. I love it. It handles lightweight fabrics better than my Janome. The stitches and stitching power is greater and certainly it is more accurate (once you discount the user:)).
One big difference is the metal bobbin (like my straight stitch Featherweight 221) - I believe it is more precise than the Janome - but to be honest the Janome is a great machine too. But now that I've gone Bernina I don't know if I'll go back.
One note is that I could have gotten the Aurora 450 for even a better price. I was uncertain about the 9mm stitches - this is the standard 5.5mm. I've heard from commenters that most garment sewers prefer the stability of the foot the 5.5mm. Any comments? I also heard the much loved TNT CB hook was very reliable and that this machine is a "workhorse." I'm always attracted to the workhorses.
Well, one more note - I could buy an additional module for embroidery. I'm never done it - was never interested in it before - but my interest is piqued. One note this machine requires a PC to hook up the module - so I'd have to buy a netbook (we're a MAC house). It's a good option.
Below see some examples. . .
What do you think? Do you embroider/embellish or have you thought about it?
I don't know if I would use it other than vintage style mexican shirts and skirts, and perhaps some cool jeans. Although, I must admit - I love my RTW Hudson jeans.