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    Super Member Tinabodina's Avatar
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    Do any of you have the Bernina 440 QE? I would like some input on what you think about the machine. Is there a machine out there that is similiar but not as many dollars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinabodina
    Do any of you have the Bernina 440 QE? I would like some input on what you think about the machine. Is there a machine out there that is similiar but not as many dollars?
    I have a friend who has one and likes it immensly. I have a B1260, and a B730E and wouldn't part with either for all the tea in China. Another two friends have B630s. We all love our Berninas, - to us there is a reason they are dearer - simply, they are better.

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    I love my Bernina 440 QE. I don't know about similar models that are cheaper because I have little experience with comparing models and manufacturers. My husband "gave me this Bernina for Christmas" -- tee hee -- but I waited until the following September to actually purchase it when a local store had its annual 25% off everything-Bernina sale. Since I bought this machine, I have discovered lots of people who own this model and I've never heard any complaints about it.

    Incidentally, I did not get the embroidery attachment, which was an additional $1,000, because I am not interested in that whole 'nother aspect of sewing.

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    I have the 440.....no embroidery & have never had the 1st prob.She'll be 2 yrs old next Spring.Sorry I'm not up to date on other machines.


    Quote Originally Posted by MomtoBostonTerriers
    I love my Bernina 440 QE. I don't know about similar models that are cheaper because I have little experience with comparing models and manufacturers. My husband "gave me this Bernina for Christmas" -- tee hee -- but I waited until the following September to actually purchase it when a local store had its annual 25% off everything-Bernina sale. Since I bought this machine, I have discovered lots of people who own this model and I've never heard any complaints about it.

    Incidentally, I did not get the embroidery attachment, which was an additional $1,000, because I am not interested in that whole 'nother aspect of sewing.

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    I had one it was great ,I wanted a long arm so I had to sell off a few machines and she had to go,lol.I also have Husqvarna's-I was not parting with them,lol

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    LOL....I sold the HV to get the 440....isn't it great that we have so many choices? No room for long arm here,but know it must be great to have one.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    I had one it was great ,I wanted a long arm so I had to sell off a few machines and she had to go,lol.I also have Husqvarna's-I was not parting with them,lol

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    lol,yes it is great to have choices

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    I have a 440QE (no embroidery) and wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm sure if you went to your local Bernina dealer they would be able to show you comparable models in whatever price range you're looking for. This 440 is my first Bernina but I'm a customer for life already!

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    Go for it if you think it's what you want. Had one and went back to my first love HV

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    I have the 440 QE and love it!! I recently got the embroidery module and am having a lot of fun learning how to use it. Fortunately I have great support from the store where I bought it and they are on speed dial!!

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    I've had mine for more than five years without a single problem and wouldn't give it up. I love it, and it just seems to do everything well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
    I've had mine for more than five years without a single problem and wouldn't give it up. I love it, and it just seems to do everything well!
    I second this, I love mine. I sew almost every day and it gets worked out. I get a cleaning and tune up every year and the guy always comments on how many miles I put on it. Now the truck is the same age and a lot less mileage because I am always home sewing...Just a few trips a month to the beach or the store.

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    When I bought mine I wasn't a quilter per sey. I bought it for the embroidery and made my decision because I didn't want to go to the higher price Bernina that ran it's own software. The 440 runs the embroidery software off my laptop so that sold me. Now I do mostly quilting an some embroidery. I love to do free motion quilting on it. I love love love my Bernina. and it is the first Bernina I've owned!

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    I have the 440QE also (no embroidery) - love it!

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    I have a 440QE and bought the embroidery attachment this spring. I love this machine! I had a Bernina 830 Record and used it exclusively for 30 years without a problem. Now the 440 is on a similar track, it is a wonderful machine with loads of potential. The only potential issue is with the embroidery module, if you do embroidery, the module is hooked up to your computer and is not encorporated into the sewing machine. For me it is no problem, occasionally there is a momentary delay while it embroiders, not an issue. If you have the opportunity to buy one, good for you.

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    I bought mine second hand and Love It!! Use it for everything and all kinds of fabric. It's a real work horse and gives me wonderful results. I sew almost every day and so I do take it in every year to be cleaned/oiled and checked. I've had no problems so far.....

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    Love mine, and have had no buyers remorse whatsoever, even though I tend to be a cheapskate.

    Not everyone loves the BSR for free motion quilting, but I do.

    Be aware going in that all the accessories and extras are pricey too. Bobbins cost a lot, the feet are expensive, replacement parts are shocking. But it's a very high quality machine, well designed and well made, and it should last you for years.

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    I bought my 440 QE about4 years ago. I bought the whole shebang. Ebroidery module and all. I bought it for the embroidery mainly. I love the stitch regulator I got with mine. It has been good to me. The only problem I can think of is I wish it had a deeper opening. I have a hard time quilting anything big on it.

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    I have the 440qe and love, love, love it!

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    Thank you for the warning. I think I am going to the dealer sometime this week and check it out.

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    If you go www.patternreview.com there are reviews for different machines. Click on the tab for "Sewing Machines" then click on "Sewing Machine Search Wizard" there you can click on different options you are looking for in a machine and it will bring up review from other users. I found it really helpful. I wanted a 440QE but the budget wouldn't allow it. However DH did get me the 230PE and I love it. Before I got my Bernina I did look at the Pfaff Quilting Expression now that was a nice machine. Built in walking foot, lots of stitches and huge throat area for all those large quilts.

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    Hi....I just bought the Bernina 440 QE..with all the attachments embroidery is what sold me..I also bought the large plexi table attachment, the whole thing cost me , $ 3,700, they had $ 100. off for the month of Oct.. It also came with the software , so I can plug it into my computer, Its my first one that does all I want and more. This will be my first quilt , I always done quilting by hand. My grandmother showed me how to quilt , mostly on feather quilts , she was from Germany and thats what her mother showed her. I love to quilt and still will do some by hand..but this will make it easy on some . the store has free lessons for one year, also they gave me 10% off anything I buy from now on.I just Love it.. later I will get a long arm..
    If you do get one , Good Luck and Happy Quilting

    KandiKane ( Elaine )

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    I have the 430. It's quite a bit less than the 440 QE. Doesn't come with the stitch regulator, but you can add that later, as well as the embroidering stuff. It's a good machine, but I wonder if I would have been better off with a Viking- the throat is bigger in the Vikings. I spent $1800 on mine with the extension table and walking foot.

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    l have the Bernina aurora 440 quilters edition l also have
    the embroidery attachment with it and l wouldn't do without it its a fantastic machine l also have a Bernina virtuosa 153 which l have had for a number of years nothing seems to ever go wrong with them l bought a Janome 9700 which is a sewing and embroidery machine but the Berninas are the best
    Elsie Blight

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    I have a Bernina 440 QE and I LOVE it. I like the freedom to embroider, I can do cut work with it, I love the BSR for free motion quilting. It is an all around great machine. Well worth every $$ it cost.

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