I've been a little curious about the new Bernina 820. So the other day I took myself down to my local Bernina dealer and had a look.
This machine does everything and I mean everything...except piecing. If you're a quilter this is a big deal and I was very surprised. The person showing the machine and it's features to me just said, "well, you use your other machine for piecing and this one for quilting." Really? OK, obviously this machine does a lot of terrific stuff (it really does), you can check it out here, but in order to justify the expense (approx $7000+) I think you need to USE all of those features and I'm sure I wouldn't.
It's a pretty machine and a pretty large machine.
It's jumbo bobbin offers 40% more thread capacity, which is a feature I LOVE.
It comes with the Bernina Stitch Regulator.
Well, I'm a Bernina lover and I'm still not sold. If I'm going to use it primarily for machine quilting, I would rather have the APQS George. For just a few hundred dollars more, it's a more substantial machine in every respect and it's got a 20" throat space as opposed to the 12" on the 820. I still LOVE the George!
If you have one of these machines, I would love to hear your comments.