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Thread: Why a Bernina over a Jamone Sewing machine

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    The first year I went to QBL in the 80s I had to rent a machine from Diana Marshall of Gloversville. I had an old Kenmore at home - way too heavy to carry.
    I fell in love with the Bernina 1030 and bought it from her at a good discount when the week was done. It is still my quilt room workhorse, and I still love her.
    I also have a Jem Platinum for workshops, And, a Jem Gold that I leave at my son's home to sew there when I visit.
    All three are good machines.
    If I ever needed to buy a new workhorse - it would again be a Bernina.

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    I have the original Bernina 830 (oldie but goodie) and last year I got a Bernina 440QE. I love them both. Years ago, I bought the little bitty Jamone for classes since the Bernina is so heavy. However, I was not pleased with the quality of the stitches; so got a featherweight for classes. My selection of the 440QE was made because of my experience with the older Bernina and the closeness of a Bernina dealership to have it serviced.

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    I love my Bernina 730 E...it does beautiful embroidery and quality stitches. The front loading bobbin is actually a plus if you embroider a lot or use the machine on a FMQ frame. The BSR feature is the icing on the cake. Bernina accessories are quite expensive, though.
    My MIL has a embroidery Janome Memory Craft 8000, it is a very nice machine and the embroidery arm is far less bulky than other machines' embroidery attachments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    i have a little Bernette - and i like it. I also have an older Singer - 40s or 50s and it is much better workhorse because it will work w/ heavier weight fabrics. I do know that the Bernette isn't designed for the real heavy duty stuff
    Just an FYI a Bernette is NOT a Bernina. It's made for Bernina but not BY Bernina. Clear as mud;>
    Where can I find where my Bernette was made?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO
    I have a Bernina 153QE that I bought second hand a few years ago from my LQS. I swore I would never buy a Bernina but I was sewing on an old Singer that was giving me trouble. The owner of the shop said for years that he was going to sell me a machine and finally did. Well, I love this little machine. It does all and more than I could ask for. The only change I would make would be to enlarge the throat space which I gather they have done finally with a newer model. Might do a trade in for that one day.
    DH just bought me a Bernina 440 Aurora & that is my only complaint is the throat space. I don't know what they were thinking when they made this machine, especially since this is supposedly a quilter's edition. They should have allowed more throat space, I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    i have a little Bernette - and i like it. I also have an older Singer - 40s or 50s and it is much better workhorse because it will work w/ heavier weight fabrics. I do know that the Bernette isn't designed for the real heavy duty stuff
    Just an FYI a Bernette is NOT a Bernina. It's made for Bernina but not BY Bernina. Clear as mud;>
    Where can I find where my Bernette was made?
    Google it. Several threads say they're made in Thailand for Bernina to resell as a low end machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    Why did you replace the Pfaff? A Pfaff dealer told me that the older Pfaffs which are all metal are the best machines out there bar none.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I didn't have a Janome dealer around when I got my Bernina. So I never test drove one. I was replacing a Pfaff and had tried the Viking and wasn't impressed. So that is why I got a Bernina.
    The older Pfaffs (10+ yrs > older) WERE all metal, German-designed & made, great quality machines. THEN, they were bought by Viking and made in Sweden. Still OK. THEN they evidently changed manuf. to Eastern Europe & Asia. I had a 25 yr old mech. Pfaff but thought I needed all the newest features. Bought a new one on impulse 3 yrs ago and was totally disappointed. Stupid me, checked the plate & found it was made in the P.R. of Czechoslovakia. ?? Lots of problems and it sewed NOTHING like the older Pfaffs. So much for German Engineering!

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    So many of the quilting experts - Nancy, Liz, Eleanor are using Baby Lock.

    So what does everyone think about this one as they have all dropped Bernina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccthomas
    So many of the quilting experts - Nancy, Liz, Eleanor are using Baby Lock.

    So what does everyone think about this one as they have all dropped Bernina.
    They haven't dropped Bernina due to the machine quality if that's what you're suggesting. The advertising $ has come from a different manufacturer is all. Commercials and ads mean very little to me.

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    When I was looking for a new machine I tested them at a dealer that sold both machines. She told me it the difference between a Cadillac and a Ford. I bought a 640 Bernina Artista and absolutely love it. I am now looking to upgrade to the 830. My old Bernina was about 35 years old with a lot of miles but still runs great.

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