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Thread: new Bernina 830

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    Has anyone bought one of these, not that I can afford one but I had a little play at a quilt show at the weekend and loved it.
    Please stop me drooling and tell me there is something I wouldn't like about it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sallybramald
    Has anyone bought one of these, not that I can afford one but I had a little play at a quilt show at the weekend and loved it.
    Please stop me drooling and tell me there is something I wouldn't like about it....
    Besides the price??? (I couldn't find anything wrong with it..... :cry: )

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    Me too, though there will be a lesser version without the embroidery bits coming out, the 820 but even then it's the same price as a reasonably nearly new car! Ouch

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    There have been problems with early models of the New 830. Mainly computer problems with mother boards and such, some bobbin problems, and problems with the parts to fix them being unavailable. Most of the problematic machines are very early production models and I believe that Bernina has the bugs worked out now.

    It really would depend on whether you could use all of the capability that it has to offer. Most owners love the new 830 and rave about it.

    It is quite expensive and you can spend less money for a Bernina that has almost the same capability. Bernina has some specials going on the Artista 6 and 7 series right now, with some added value packages.

    We own 2 Bernina's and wouldn't purchase anything else but I don't think we would buy an 830 because of the price. However I said that before we purchased our 440QEE and if I had to purchase again I'd spend the money and get another one.

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    It's a great machine. I tested one out in Paducah and it was a dream. I came very close to saying yes here is my check! But I walked away to give myself time to think. Would I really use all the features of it? 99% of my quilting is sewing a straight seam with a 1/4 seam. I can machine quilt perfectly straight lines with a walking foot. I don't do fancy machine quilting but maybe one quilt a year if that. I can see where I would have my Featherweight out doing most of my piecing and the expensive Bernina sitting there saying look you could have had the Accucut with every die made instead of me, heck you could have had lipo instead, you could have your whole lawn professionally landscaped instead, you could have bought ever fabric line there is instead of me. Having a machine sitting mocking me while I pieced on my Featerweight didn't seem like such a good buy afterall. :wink: :wink:

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    If money were no object, I'd probably get one or maybe the 820 which is due out later this year (no embroidery). The large throat area is so appealing.

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    Actually if I had one it would be the 820 but as it isn't out yet. I don't 'need' it. I have two 440s and a 1260 (and a couple of others not in use) which I use in succession. (One on the sewing table, one on the floor ready to go and one in the workshop) I only need the 3 because I do such heavy quilting. My big quilts have up to 13,000yds of thread, so I really hammer my machines.
    I was told for heavy users like myself I need only have it serviced every 3rd time the service warning comes up which would be a third less often than my 440s need servicing. Perhaps once a year for me, which would be really good though how I'd ever lift it down off the table and get it to the car heaven alone knows.
    And all this is hypothetical as I don't have that sort of money to spend on a machine anyway. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    It's a great machine. I tested one out in Paducah and it was a dream. I came very close to saying yes here is my check! But I walked away to give myself time to think. Would I really use all the features of it? 99% of my quilting is sewing a straight seam with a 1/4 seam. I can machine quilt perfectly straight lines with a walking foot. I don't do fancy machine quilting but maybe one quilt a year if that. I can see where I would have my Featherweight out doing most of my piecing and the expensive Bernina sitting there saying look you could have had the Accucut with every die made instead of me, heck you could have had lipo instead, you could have your whole lawn professionally landscaped instead, you could have bought ever fabric line there is instead of me. Having a machine sitting mocking me while I pieced on my Featerweight didn't seem like such a good buy afterall. :wink: :wink:
    I love your attitude!!! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    It's a great machine. I tested one out in Paducah and it was a dream. I came very close to saying yes here is my check! But I walked away to give myself time to think. Would I really use all the features of it? 99% of my quilting is sewing a straight seam with a 1/4 seam. I can machine quilt perfectly straight lines with a walking foot. I don't do fancy machine quilting but maybe one quilt a year if that. I can see where I would have my Featherweight out doing most of my piecing and the expensive Bernina sitting there saying look you could have had the Accucut with every die made instead of me, heck you could have had lipo instead, you could have your whole lawn professionally landscaped instead, you could have bought ever fabric line there is instead of me. Having a machine sitting mocking me while I pieced on my Featerweight didn't seem like such a good buy afterall. :wink: :wink:
    i'm with you on this one too.

    my quilts won't look thousands of dollars better and i won't be able to sell them for thousands of dollars more nor will i have thousand of dollars more in quilting enjoyment because i sew on a bernina.

    there are really great machines on the market that sell for considerably less money and yield the exact same results.

    its not that i'm not worth buying an expensive toy for myself its their machine is not worth the amount of money they ask for it.




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    You can buy a longarm set up for the price of the 830.
    Way to expensive.

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