Again I have become very interested in the early and 2nd generation computerized machines, with my background in CNC machining I have an affinity towards motor controllers and believe that the over concern regarding a computer board failure is just that.
I think the Virtuosa is a lesser and more rare version of the Artista, but it is still a Bernina
Got the knee lift working with a DIY steel rod it makes such a difference in operation, did a small upholstery leather project very well
Another endearing feature, if they even intended it is the thread cut-off on the left side of the machine. About 90% of the time the cut-off holds both ends of the threads up in place, this is really nice because you know where both threads are and starting the next stitch line is like having someone holding the threads up for you
Made in Switzerland, that's all we care about!
It has a Stainless Steel free arm top cover; it will NEVER show signs of wear with that!
Reverse switch at the head
The foot pedal also has the needle up-down feature, just press with your heel and the needle goes down, press again and it goes back up.
Without any effort the basic controls are extremely easy, I used it for a little repair project and just love the sound, it is an oscillating hook but Bernina does it different than everyone else, seems hard to beat.
The small LCD screen may look a little lost on the front face but it's all you need
- Needle left - right with two buttons close by
- Needle up - down one button for that
- Stitch width with two buttons for that
- Stitch length two buttons for that
All in all there are a large number of nice options
Needle position left - right and ZZ are controlled by a separate servo for super accurate positioning
It came with nothing but the No.3 foot, manual, and a flat bed conversion