I read all the comments and emails about the sewing machine. There were too many to respond individually so I hope I’ll try to do it here.
The biggest problem with the 1230 is that it needs a new circuit board and Bernina is no longer making them for machines that old. Rebuilt ones can be gotten but not on demand. Seems like you kinda have to get on a waiting list. I truly don’t blame the repairman. He pretty much knows what’s wrong with it from the age and my description. I had asked him to clean and oil it but there’s no use cleaning and oiling it if the circuit board can’t be replaced. He’s been very nice and apologetic about the amount of time it’s taking and as much as I want my machine back fixed, it just isn’t going to happen in my time frame.
I seriously can buy the 430 and keep Chad in college. The decision for me is . . I don’t want a new machine; I want my 1230 back fixed like new. There’s not a single thing a new machine is going to do, on any feature that I would use, any better than my 1230 I’m one of those people who can keep the same car, machine, stove . . whatever . . forever and a day if it’s working. I don’t care too much about newer, prettier, shiny models. It’s really hard to replace anything you love so dearly and I do dearly love that 1230. I’m not sure any new machine would measure up to it. That 1230 has worked at least 19 years and this is the first time it’s been in the shop for anything .. cleaning, oiling . . nothing! I doubt there’s a new machine on the market that can hold up to that abuse. I just want my 1230 back . . fixed! But, I’m truly not blaming the guy who has it. They are a Bernina dealer and have given me a price real close to what was offered at Paducah (though I didn’t tell them I had looked at Paducah because I was pretty sure I’d buy from my local dealer).
The price on the Janome 6600 at Paducah was about 1/3 less than the Bernina and it is a very, very nice machine. But, if I end up getting a machine, my heart tells me it will be the Bernina.