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I may be on the market for a new sewing machine as my New Home MemoryCraft 8000 is in the shop. And of course, I was about an hour away from finishing my current project when that happened, so I am preparing to be on the market for a replacement machine as a back-up plan.

I've done some looking before, and as I look again, the Bernina 770QE has my attention. It has everything that I want, and I know Bernina has a great reputation. But as I look through the website, it looks like they have quite a number of special feet, some of which look like duplicates to me, so perhaps the feet have narrow uses. And one thing I do not see anywhere is a 1/4" foot which I have now and use when I am piecing quilts. It seems really odd to me, however, that a machine that is marketed as a quilting machine doesn't seem to have that foot.

So does anyone have either the 770QE or another Bernina machine? Do you have all those extra specialty feet? What do you like about the machine? What would you change?

I'd love to have a discussion here on this. I plan to head up to the local sewing store on Saturday to do some test driving and to ask some questions, but I could use some help on what sorts of things I should be asking.

Anyone have any ideas or input?
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