I ended up going with the Brother NX400, which was my initial choice. There were many reasons why this was my first choice, but I did feel that I should try at least one other machine out before making my decision. However, in the end, the only other machine I ended up trying was another Brother. I'm still feeling a bit 'wobbly' about this, but in the few days I've been using this machine, I am already thrilled with it.
It's had a busy few days - I've made two pairs of shorts for the boys, and a new dress for Lucy. I love the automatic threading & the thread cutter, and the buttonholes were a breeze. Some bits will take some getting used to - not overly excited by the reverse button - don't like it's position, and boy is it slow (reversing). The needle is programmed to stitch on the left, which I don't like (& don't understand), but I can change the default setting for that.
Something tells me that this will be a very successful new friendship :-)
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