Update: I'm not going to get a new machine. Bernie is actually stitching better than he has in a very long time.
Bernie is back from the shop and running well. But CarGuy noticed how upset I was that I didn't have him at home and told me to get another machine (for backup). I am looking at this Bernina Activa 230.
So why am I dithering? It's because Bernie is only 11 years old and there is nothing wrong with him.
On the one hand, Bernie (a Bernina 1080QE) has run well and completed every chore I set to him except this last one and that was totally my fault. On the other hand, I want to start doing a lot of strange things like bobbin work and machine embroidery and I don't want to wear him out.
What if I got the new machine and used it for general sewing, labels, piecing etc and kept Bernie for the machine quilting and bobbin work?
Should I buy? Or should I wait? Opinions?