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Thread: Bernina 830-just curious!!

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    Senior Member borntoquilt's Avatar
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    I hear lots of talk here about Bernina 830's. how many out there have one? Was in LQS today talking to ladies and 3 of them had 830's. Would not part with them for anything. Then went to WAl-mart and fabric sales gal had one also. she said hey! sell it on Ebay for $400.00 (probably what I paid for it 30 + years ago) I dont know of anybody who would part with this machine. I LOVE MINE..

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    Keep in mind, Bernina has a new Bernina 830 that isn't anything like the original 830 of years ago. This new one retails for about $12,000, and is supposed to do everything but dishes... It is a huge machine, with embroidery capabilites and the largest sewing bed of any machine on the market or so they say. I know a lady that just bought one and she raves on and on about it. But I still prefer my older machines, I have a Bernina 1630 plus several old Singers. If I were going to put that much in a machine it would be a long arm quilter.

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    I saw that new Bernina 830 @ a Sew Expo in Puallup Wa a few months go. I almost had a STROKE when I saw the price. I ws talking abt the good OLD gal who just won't quit.... Thanks for pointing out the difference.

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    I bought my Bernina 830 for $555.45 in 1975. Still working today, and not a glitch. Best machine ever made.

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    Hi,

    I have a 730, and am fixing to buy a 1090 from a friend. I've heard many, many wonderful things from folks who own 830's - the original 830, that is, not the $12,999 variety. They are in such high demand, that's one reason they are going for so much on ebay. If you find one for under $500, it's probably a deal. I've seen them run upwards of a $1000 at times. I believe there were two varieties of the 830, a totally mechanical one and one with a circuit board, or was that the 930's. Oh dear.

    Tell ya what, tho. There's an awesome Yahoo Group called the Bernina Thirty Somethings, originally started for owners of a X30, whether it was a 530, 730, 830, 930 - you get my drift. I belong, and have found them to be wonderful folks, very knowledgeable and very helpful. They'll answer any questions before or after you buy a Bernina and also help you with any maintenance or usage question you might have. As well, they have a nice database of helpful information, too. Best of luck to you. Once you've sewn on a Bernina, you'll love it and understand why so many folks want them and won't sell them once they do have them.

    Happy quilting,

    Karla

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    I have an about 1972 830. I will NEVER get rid of it, and if it dies, I'll get another. I bought it about 5 years ago for $400. I used a 1630 a couple of Christmases ago to make a quilt in Alabama and... I didn't like it. Too much electronics that didn't work.

    The only thing I wish the 830 had is a needle up/down switch.

    BTW - my other piecing machine is an Elna Super, about 1969 model.
    Call me old fashioned.

    I wish Bernina had named the new machine 'George' or something like that. Why cornfuse people?

    tim in san jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    I wish Bernina had named the new machine 'George' or something like that. Why cornfuse people?

    tim in san jose
    Shouldn't that be 'Georgina' Tim? We all know women are better at sewing?! (just joshing with ya! :lol: )

    K x

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    I purchased my first Bernina, the 730, in March of 2008. In January, my dealer told me that because my machine was less than a year old, I could trade it in at full retail value for the new 830. I would never have considered it had I not gotten full value on the 730, but I bit the bullet and do not regret it. For someone that embroiders a lot, it is a dream come true. It's unreal what the machine can do, and it is SO user friendly. I had a Brother Esante before the 730, and loved it, but it is no comparison to a Bernina. I also quilt and the quilting space is wonderful. I'll admit it isn't like a longarm machine, but to have the embroidery and other capabilities with the added space, it's worth every penny.

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    My cousin traded one of her Singer 221 (featherweight) machines for a Bernina 830...I feel she got the best end of the deal :-) After trying hers, I decided I "had" to have one. It's certainly one of the best...only wish there'd been a Bernina dealer in my area back in the '70s. My cousin then gave me the book "Know Your Bernina" by Jackie Dodson which I believe is out of print but might be available on eBay or used book stores. After reading several chapters I decided I "had" to have the 1130 and I bought one on eBay.

    The Bernina machines are excellent Swiss quality and I highly recommend them. From what I understand the only negative is that repairs are pricey. I don't think one can go wrong with one of the older Bernina machines!

    Pat B in Indiana

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