The Windows sewing machine

It might be easier just to buy your clothes


On-screen instruction for household activities has been around for years, especially in the kitchen for cooking and such. So Bernina got the bright idea to apply the concept to other domestic chores--namely, sewing.

Its "Artista 730E" has a color touchscreen built right into the machine at eye level and is loaded with Windows software, according to Chip Chick, to help with sewing patterns, quilting and embroidery. It even has a "stitch library" that includes 850 stich types and more than 100 embroidery patterns.

All of this is well and good, but don't think you'll be saving money by making your own clothes with this machine. It goes for $8,200. Wouldn't it be easier (and cheaper) just to buy a new wardrobe?

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