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Thread: Bernina sewing machine

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    Junior Member fsmcm's Avatar
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    Does anyone have a Bernina Artista 180? Are you happy with it? Any particular problems? I'm looking at a second hand one, with rolling case, excellent condition. They are asking $450 Cdn. Feedback?

    Thanks much.

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    i have the bernina artista 180..i am very happy with mine quality wise but find as i also bought mine second hand i dont use my machine to its fullest so I think lessons would be a good idea.
    I paid $1500 (australian dollars)for mine on the 11/08/2006.
    The things I wish I had are a low bobbin warning and a bigger throat as when quilting it is hard to fight the quilt to turn it the way you need it to go. Also check if yours comes with a walking foot as I think mine cost me $150 later.
    The things that i like the most about it are: needle/up down and ease of changing feet.
    I dont use the needle threader as it seems to take longer to use that than to thread it by hand. I also havent used the knee lift..yet.
    It depends on what you want the machine to do. i am pretty happy so far just using the basic stitches even though mine came with the embroidery modules which I havent even played with yet :oops: :oops: Good luck to you which ever way you decide to go. if you have further questions dont hesitate to ask. I dont know how much help I will be but will answer any questions honestly. Dont rush into buying it and if you think you will be doing more quilting then maybe seriously think about a machine with a bigger throat...i was thinking of the Janome 6600, so maybe have a look at that to see if you would be happy with the features that it has. Let us know what you end up doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsmcm
    Does anyone have a Bernina Artista 180? Are you happy with it? Any particular problems? I'm looking at a second hand one, with rolling case, excellent condition. They are asking $450 Cdn. Feedback?

    Thanks much.
    Did you end up getting this machine?

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    Nope. It was sold from under me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsmcm
    Nope. It was sold from under me.
    Oh no. In my opinion you can't go wrong with a Bernina. I got mine second hand and have had it for 14 years. I dearly love it. My next one, when it's time, will be another Bernina. Hopefully, the 830; when my ship comes in. Stitchhappy

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchhappy
    Quote Originally Posted by fsmcm
    Nope. It was sold from under me.
    Oh no. In my opinion you can't go wrong with a Bernina. I got mine second hand and have had it for 14 years. I dearly love it. My next one, when it's time, will be another Bernina. Hopefully, the 830; when my ship comes in. Stitchhappy
    :lol: :lol: your ship and everyone elses!

    I'm sorry you didn't get that machine, I actually got a second hand Bernina 180E this past weekend. I have only done a little stippling on it so far (this thing called a job is in the way of my quilting time!).

    I see Bernina machines all the time on eBay, although the shop I just got mine from says that places like eBay are putting sewing shops out of business, which is really sad. EBay will help you figure out what a fair price is before you buy one.

    Please let us know what you end up getting. I already feel I'm going to love my new/used machine!

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    I have a 180E, my husband bought it new for me for Xmas in 1999. I love it. I have it set up for machine Embroidery only know. And have another Bernina to piece with. But I did piece with it for a long time. Wouldn't trade it for anything. Very reliable. Love the needle up/down, the knee lift, and I can rewind bobbins without unthreading the nedle. While embroidering I love the needle threader since you may change threads 20-30 times on one design. I am totally satisfied with mine and have no plans to replace it. And would suggest this machine to anyone interested in purchasing a used Bernina.

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