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Thread: Bernina Bernette

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    Does anyone have this little machine and do you like it? I'm thinking of getting one to take to classes rather than taking my 430.

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    I would not get a Bernette. I love my Bernina 1230, but the Bernettes cannot compare in quality.

    For a class machine, I would look into getting a Janome Gem.

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    I got a Bernette 46 free for using the Bernina credit card. I actually haven't sewn with it yet. The plastic is mottled and cheap-looking. There's a new line of Bernettes, the 12, 15, 20, and 25, which look very promising. But none of the Bernettes take the Bernina feet. A Bernina 210 or 215 could shared feet with your 430, but they cost about $700 and are only about 5 pounds lighter. I bought a 240, which was recently discontiniued. I don't feel at all deprived, it has the solid, precise feel of my 440. For something lighter, I have a Singer featherweight if all I need is a straight stitch, or my kids' Brother HS 2000 if I want more stitches.

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    Just FYI, the Bernette is not made by Bernina it is "made for Bernina" and not the quality of Bernina. You may be disappointed if you already have a Bernina, especially the 430 so I would suggest you try and find a little Singer Featherweight or just get a rolling carrier thing to make it easier to take it to class.

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    I got two Bernette 46's for using 2 different cards. I tried them both out and they sewed great! They are plastic though and will probably scratch up and not look so pretty eventually. I am saving them for my grandchildren that will hopefully come along some day. They will be perfect for kids. I don't think they would be nice for taking to classes though, they just don't seem as well made as the Berninas. I agree with finding another Bernina that would share feet!

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    One of my machines is a Bernina Bernette and I've never had a problem with it....one of the first biggest projects I made on it was a very large rag quilt and it did well....too, it is light enough to take to class. It is not a expensive machine and I don't expect it to last forever but it seems to fit my need at the moment.

    I bought a Singer Athena 1200 at a thrift shop; have cleaned it up and will try it out on my next rag quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I would not get a Bernette. I love my Bernina 1230, but the Bernettes cannot compare in quality.

    For a class machine, I would look into getting a Janome Gem.
    my Bernina lady quit selling the Bernettes..said they were nothing but trouble..many parts can not even be found to fix them!

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    We've sold a lot of the Bernette 46 machines. They have been a very good machine. True, they are not a Bernina. They are a good quality inexpensive machine. The 12,15,20 and 25 are better quality. We have not experienced a single mechanical problem with any of them.

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    Thanks for all your comments, so now I think I won't get one. My cart for my 430 has wheels so that isn't a problem and I have 3 Featherweights so I'm OK there. I'm just a sewing machine nut and was thinking I needed (wanted) another toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I would not get a Bernette. I love my Bernina 1230, but the Bernettes cannot compare in quality.

    For a class machine, I would look into getting a Janome Gem.
    I second this opinion. I've gone through 2 Gems - both served me well and then were passed down and are still in use.

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