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Just reporting back here. I did take the plunge and ended up buying the 590 on Saturday. I attended a Bernina webinar earlier in the week where they were talking about the new 5 series, and the 590 had a few really nice embroidery features that the 570 did not have. My dealer got their 570 in during the week, and so when I sent up to buy the 570 on Saturday, I asked about the price difference with the 590. Turns out that there was also a sale, and that brought the delta between the 2 down, and it put the 590 exactly at my budget. They threw in a few more things that I wanted (patchwork foot, edging foot, walking foot, handful of bobbins and the insert for my cabinet), and so I was very happy.

I have started to set up the machine, and will probably hopefully get to sew on it tonight. Of course, I am in the middle of a mystery quilt project, so I need to come up to speed quickly.

Now, I am thinking that I really should get one of those rolling cases to bring it to classes and such. I found a very nice set online, but although the sewing machine will fit in the bottom case, it doesn't look like the embroidery module will fit in the smaller case. I will call the dealer today and ask about the Bernina case as those are currently on sale. And I see one on sale at Joanne Fabric, so I will probably go look at that.

Question for you Bernina owners who have the bigger bobbin - how do you store and organize those? I have one of those plastic bobbin cases that I've used for years, and I could probably get another of those. Is that the best way? They seem to make a big deal about not scratching the silver side of the bobbin, and I am thinking this would keep them separate. So what do other folks do?

I am thoroughly looking forward to learning how to use the new machine. They have a class this week, but I think I am going to do the ones in early January instead to give me a chance to acclimate to the machine a bit first so that I can make the most of the classes.
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