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Thread: Bernina 440QE

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    Bernina 440QE

    Can someone tell me if this is a fair and/or good deal? I currently own a Bernina 1260 that I love but I would like to upgrade too. I don't want to spend $$$ on a new Bernina and found a 440QE for $1000. It is a one owner machine that has been serviced once in the 6 years she has owned it. Any thoughts? Is there another comparable machine for less? It doesn't have to be a Bernina but I am partial to the brand because of my 1260.

    I do all types of sewing but I find myself more and more attracted to quilting.

    Thank you!
    Emily

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    I paid about $3000 for my 440 (ten hrs. ago?)and I love it. My dealer considers the B440 a real work horse. If she is just upgrading then I would seriously consider it. Check with her Bernina dealer since they would be aware if any issues and you will need a B dealer to get it serviced.

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    I have a 440QQE and it has been reliable and I plan to keep it for as long as I can.

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    I also have one about the same age and same service record. Go for it, one of the best Berninas ever made. And $1000 is a fair price, especially if it has the BSR (stitch regulator)
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    I bought the 440QE (with BSR and embroidery module) new in 2007, soon after I started quilting. I've been very happy with the machine. I used the BSR until I got a longarm, but I never use the embroidery unit. (Just not that into machine embroidery. Shouldn't have bought it but it seemed like a good idea at the time.) It sounds like a good price if the machine is working well and especially if it includes the BSR. I'm surprised that it has only been serviced once though. Also I thought the 440's had been replaced by another model earlier than 6 years ago, but maybe not.

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    I don't have any input about the machine but I just wanted to say Welcome to the board and hope you enjoy being here!
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    Here is a Babylock Soprano in about the same price range. It's got a much bigger throat space for quilting, auto thread cutter, and tons of decorative stitches if you want them.

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    Love my Bernina!

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    Yes. Yes. Yes. A real workhorse. Have traded up since the 400QE but remember how well she performed. You will not be sorry. Go for it.

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    Sounds like the same age as my 440QE and every time I think about upgrading I think why. I have mine cleaned every year because I sew over a million stitches each year and every time it comes back it sews like I it time the first time I took it out of the box. I also have it cleaned each year because a good friend of mine is a Bernina tech. I have the embroidery module but only use it one or twice a year to personalize something for the holidays, some years I don't even use it. I recently sewed on a new Bernina which is going on sale shortly for $1000 and while it is a nice machine with no BSR it is definitely not my 440 QE. I have always loved it. I am guessing since they don't clean it often it wasn't used much. Good luck in deciding.

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    I have the same machine and I have been told it is one of the best. It seems I bought mine about 10yrs or so and it was 3000$ I have had very good luck with mine and it has the bsr and \Embordary modgule also but I never used that because I have a Mac computer and you needed a PC. Go for it and hope it has several feet with it.
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    I actually have 2 440 QE's! My DH wanted me to have one to keep set up at home and one to travel with. I love mine and will always keep at least one of them. Have never had any major issues and like others here, I do not use the embroidery unit. Just not into that.

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    Thank you everyone for your feedback. It sounds like I should definitely get. Very excited. Thank you again.

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    I have had a 440 for probably a decade. Gift from DH. If you can get it with the BSR for $1000, grab it. I think we paid that for the BSR alone.

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    I just also recently bought at 440QE on ebay for $960 with the BSR but no embroidery unit so as long as it has the BSR it’s a good deal. You should ask how many stitches it has on it. Mine had over 2mil. & my friend, a Bernina tech said it was still an excellent deal. They usually go for $1,200 to $1,300 minimum with the BSR, & with or without the embroidery module. You can pick up an embroidery module later for a few hundred $’s if needed. If it’s got both, you’ve really got a steal.
    My Bernina tech recommends that I brush out my machine including under the feed dogs & add a drop of oil every 3rd bobbin I use so try to follow that. The machine has been a joy to sew on compared to my Viking Husqvarna Platinum 770 I had before. I’m assured it’ll last me for many, many years to come. Good luck with your purchase!

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    PM me if you ever want to sell your 1260, I just love that machine. Hope it's not in the near future though. Presently, I have to rebuild a house hit in N.C. from hurricane florence. Enjoy your new machine and happy quilting.
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    Thank you for all of your helpful feedback. The 440 is being serviced by the owner so I am waiting to see if it checks out. In the meantime, I have found a 750QE for the price of 999. Should I consider that one instead of the 440? I appreciate your help. Thanks!

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