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Thread: My dear Bernina - INJURED!!

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    Member Karen Collins's Avatar
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    This weekend I went to my quilting ministry at my church. I use a carrying case for travel (TUTU - I think) and had gotten it out of my car. My sewing room is downstairs so I was putting off returning it there -VERY Heavy- During the day, my DH was helping me clean house and moved the carrier to the top of stairway. Well, it immediately fell down the stairs; hit a table (broke the legs) and finally landed! My artista looked ok upon picking it up - but damage was hidden. It would only sew two stiches, the threading bar - not working, the throat plate knocked off, well, you get the idea! I took her to the doctor yesterday (Atlanta Sewing Center) and found out that it was so damaged, as well as older, that it might be too costly to fixed, and might be used as parts to fix others. I get an estimate on Friday. Before this happened, I had already thought about getting a lighter weight machine for "stow and go" quilting classes, retreats, etc. The end result was that I purchased the new Series 3 (380) Bernina that was much lighter for carrying. All the employees at ASC were helping me determine which machine was lighter and had the same great operating system. If the artista is fixable at a reasonable price, I will keep that for my sewing room and use the new machine for travel. I have been a customer for over 20 years and have always gotten good prices and lots of good service - the same owners are there. So, just wanted to share my story. Has anyone else had any kind of accident with their sewing machine?

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    No - Thank Heavens!! Congrats on your new lighter weight machine and I hope your Artista is fixable.

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    No but I don't take my Bernina with me. It's so darn heavy.
    Your poor girl!!
    I love Bernina machines and service. Hope you enjoy your new one!

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    Oh my, that sounds terrible. Your poor machine. I hope they can fix it without it costing two much. Having two Berninas would be great.

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    Years ago, I took my machine on an airplane trip down to florida. I didn't have a cover or hard shell case for it. I used pillow case to cover it up. BIG mistake. It did fit nicely under the seat in front of me, though. Anywho, getting it out after the flight, I broke off the thread spindle. Poor baby. Never been the same since. Tried super glue many times but no such luck with that. Now I just use a coffee mug for a thread stand.

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    Be sure to check with your insurance about the damage and replacement costs. Even with your deductible it may help. Sometimes we forget that things like this are often covered.

    Jan in VA

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    Oh I'd be just sick if I dropped one of my machines. I hope your baby isn't too expensive to fix!

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    Oh I feel your pain...Can't imagine if I lost my Bernina 1090...I have been looking at Bernina's lighter weight machines as my old girl is as heavy as my truck.....:)

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    The poor thing! My Bernina is a great, heavy old thing, but I like the weight. The metal parts will last and last and she'll probably still be sewing long after I'm dead and buried. If I need a machine for travel, I think I'll just get a little Janome mini. Luckily, I haven't had to take her anywhere, though. I hope your Bernina can be fixed!

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    So sorry about your Artista. Hope she gets better soon. I have a Bernina 380 and love it.

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