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Thread: Bernina 820?

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    Hello. I'm hoping for input to help resolve an internal argument I'm having with myself repeatedly. I'm an owner of a new Janome 6600 since the end of September. I really like the machine, but would LOVE the BSR and extra throat space (12 full inches!) of the 820. When I bought the 6600, it fit into my budget with little to spare. Now, here's the good part....On Thanksgiving I was informed a long lost aunt left me enough money in her will to pay for the 820 and still have a little money left over. (I'm not kidding....truly a long lost aunt!) Am I justified in buying a new machine when the 6600 is still so new? I know there will be many advising me to put the money away and "think on it", but my worry is that once it gets assimilated into the checking or savings account, my husband will find it "painful" to withdraw and spend that much on a sewing machine. It feels like a "now or never" scenerio. Does any of this make sense? I would love to hear anything you have to say about the matter. Thanks for listening:).

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    Personally, I would buy the 820 and then sell or trade in the 6600. Sounds like you "settled" for the 6600 at the time (even though it is a nice machine), but now that you can afford the 820, I say go for it. It will probably be the last sewing machine you buy, so why not have everything on it that you want. Just my humble opinion, but that is what I would do. This is money that you hadn't expected and didn't have it earmarked for anything, so I would make the purchase of the 820.

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    I would buy it! Although I only have the 430, the 820 would be awesome to own, especially with a surprise windfall!

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    I would guess your Aunt wanted you to have the money for something special just fpr you. I wouldn't let it get put into an account where t could be used for every day expenses. Get the Bernina and be happy and thankful to your nice aunt. You can sell the Janome or trade it in if they give you a decent amount. Have fun with that wonderful Bernina!

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    We quilters must think alike! Although the little shop I bought the 6600 from won't do a trade in....I don't even know what I would want since the 820 would have everything I could ever dream of!

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    If an aunt gave me the money - she must have heard how much you loved to quilt and knew that you would use the money for that new machine we all dream about. I would get it and remember what a terrific person she was every time I used it.

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    I really hardly knew my aunt and hadn't seen her since around 1989, but she was a wonderful person. She did a lot of charity work and was always donating to various causes. I didn't know until I read in her obituary that she loved to sew! That kind of felt like "supportive information", if you know what I mean.

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    I would definitely buy it AND keep the Janome too. I have two machines and always have a project going on each one. I machine quilt on my home sewing machine and it's so handy to be able go to my other machine when I want to piece another project. Enjoy!!! and congratulations!
    You could make a few charity quilts in her honor when you get your new machine.

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    I was thinking the same thing about the charity quilts. I've been wanting to make the world a better place, but my talents aren't plentiful. Quilting feels like all I have to give and I would be happy to do so. I've seen on this site a few different options for donating quilts and I look forward to feeling the joy of someone receiving one of mine!

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    I was at this place at one time.not the sweet aunt part!!!I bougth a new viking.It was a good machine but I felt something was missing.our local quilt shop was going out of businnes.she had aused bernina 930. after I sewed with it I knew it was what I wanted.so I got it and I still love it.later I sold the viking to someone with a big family,she was so happy to get it.her sister had one and she had been wantig one for awhile.if I was you I would get what you want.life is to short not too.

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    I have the 830. I would suggest you keep your other machine as a back up. Service time for annual maintenance can and does take up to a couple of weeks at many dealerships. I kept my MC9000 (TOL for its day) as my back up and it will come in handy. Of course, you're justified for getting 2 machines.

    I sort of think it was 'meant to be'. Get it, love it and don't look back. My advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I have the 830. I would suggest you keep your other machine as a back up. Service time for annual maintenance can and does take up to a couple of weeks at many dealerships. I kept my MC9000 (TOL for its day) as my back up and it will come in handy. Of course, you're justified for getting 2 machines.

    I sort of think it was 'meant to be'. Get it, love it and don't look back. My advice.
    One thing my 830 dealer will do is let you book your machine in for service and then call you to bring it in the day before they are ready to start working on it. Works out great!

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    If you don't mind my asking, how much is a Bernina 820? Our shops won't give out pricing over the phone (Bernina policy I guess) and I haven't had a chance to get in and look at it. There is some kind of special financing offer good only this Saturday and I wondered if the 820 was at all feasible. We just bought the 6600 in March but the Bernina sounds so much nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    I would definitely buy it AND keep the Janome too. I have two machines and always have a project going on each one. I machine quilt on my home sewing machine and it's so handy to be able go to my other machine when I want to piece another project. Enjoy!!! and congratulations!
    You could make a few charity quilts in her honor when you get your new machine.
    I definitely think you should get the 820. It will be the machine your aunt gave you, even though she didn't know it. Keep the Janome for the reasons Lively Lady mentioned. Also, you can still have one to sew on while the other is in for cleaning.

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    Buy the Bernina you really want and enjoy it! After that you can decide what to do with your 6600 - keep it and use both or sell it on ebay - find someone you feel really needs and would make good use of it. It's up to you. I would definitely spend at least some of the money on somethying you truly want and not just let it go into your daily accounts. Just my HO.

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    Get it. Don't look back.

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    I own a 6 yr old 6500 and have no idea what the 820 does or is but I would sell the 6600 and get the 820 with the money you inherited. It will be a special memory to your aunt too instead of it dissapearing. I always have that happen with money that gets gifted. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    I would definitely buy it AND keep the Janome too. I have two machines and always have a project going on each one. I machine quilt on my home sewing machine and it's so handy to be able go to my other machine when I want to piece another project. Enjoy!!! and congratulations!
    You could make a few charity quilts in her honor when you get your new machine.
    Now that would be the ultimated, two machines. :wink:

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    I would buy it, but keep teh other, cuz' the 820 isn't portable.

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    That is one drawback to the Bernina machines - if you want to call it that. I love mine but it is a very heavy machine, and even though I have a rolling case for it, it rarely leaves my sewing room. My ideal machine would be a newer Bernina with a BSR and the 12 inch throat sounds like a dream - I think mine is 6 or 7 inches and it can be a bear. Maybe I should have held onto my old Babylock for traveling - but I chose to pass it on to my niece who didn't have a machine.

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    The price the Bernina dealer is giving me is $6299, and I've called around everywhere looking for better pricing with no luck. Apparently that's the lowest Bernina will let them sell at. I did hear about the financing special on Saturday from a dealer who is selling it at $6499, but that may be why the price is higher....I used to sell jewelry and I know the finance company charged some crazy number like 13% of the sale price. Also, I've heard that when there is a "special" in which there is a quilting frame, or rolling carrying bag, etc, included, the minimum price is higher. The Bernina company sure has it all figured out, don't they? I tend to be a "wheeler and dealer", so it just kills me to not get a "great deal". In this case, the great deal is my unexpected good fortune and I am infinately grateful.

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    That sounds like a fantastic price to me.

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    As a diehard Bernina girl, here's my 2 cents... buy the 820 and don't look back, you'll love this machine! Then, at the same dealer, trade your 6600 in on a Bernina 430. You will have two killer machines, one 9mm, one 5.5mm, and you can share many feet and accessories. Not all, but many.

    I think it's much more economical to stick with one brand, and you simply must have a back up machine!

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    I too believe this was meant to be - buy the machine you want. I personally like Janomes better than Bernina but do understand about the dream machine and say go for it! If your dealer won't take the 6600 as a trade in, it also must be for a reason! Keep them both. As someone stated, annual servicing can be a real pain if you don't have a backup.

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    If you bought your Janome from a dealer I bet he would give you a good trade on a Horizon. It has the longer quilt plate. Or if it is a dealer for several brands of machines such as Janome and Bernina, then you could get the Bernina.
    Just think of the money left for fabric.

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