#60 Bernina or Janome?? I need help....

So I jumped into quilting, 3 ish years ago, and didn't do a lot of research on sewing machines.

So I want to purchase a new work horse sewing machine that is built for quilting!! Or maybe I should use the term, piecing, may try FM on smaller projects, but really just a lot of sewing! I am looking for

  1. large throat area
  2. needle up/down
  3. dual feed
  4. pivoting (when you stop with needle down the foot raises slightly to be able to pivot)
  5. large sewing surface
  6. arm available
  7. good lighting
  8. auto needle threading would be great, but not necessary
I think that is my list. So here is the question, and please, please comment.......

Is the Bernina worth the extra money? Because it is a lot more!!  And why is it worth it, if you think it is??

I will be choosing slowly this time, I will be test driving, asking the dealers a lot of questions, and waiting for a great deal/sale!!! 

Right now I am looking at Bernina B750QE, and 820; and Janome Horizan

I really would like for you to weigh in, even if it is not on these models. If you are a fan of something else, let me know why and I may expand my research!!

What I've Been Up To:

Nested Churn Dash Sew Along, 2/4 sewn together (love this block!!!)

Moda Bake Shop Trifle Dish Sew Along; Sewing layers totally out of order

Completed all my Churn Dash block!! 48 ready to sew together!!

And as soon as the above two projects are together, this is what is next!!! Super excited to make a project from Amy Smarts new book, with RJR Fabrics!! Jinny Beyer Batiks and Cotton Supreme Solids!! This is going to be great!!

#61 Summer Mood...Mode?