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Thread: bernina 820 - anyone got one or played with?

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    Got my regular quilting mag and spied the Bernina 820 in there....oooh cant stop drooling as would be a dream machine with its large throat space etc..cant really justify buying it though..but maybe one day... so would like to hear from anyone that has one or has tried one...then maybe i can justify buying one!!

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    I took a workshop at a Bernina dealer and got to use the new 820. It was super nice. Everything is automatic, push a button and the bobbin come out automatically, just take the bobbin out and replace, push a button and it goes back in and sets itself perfectly. The bobbin is about triple a regular bobbin size! So many buttons though! I set it to machine quilt a 12" design and just sat back and watched. The only thing I didn't like was it had high vibration. The machine was in the Bernina cabinet that comes with the machine and mounted perfectly. I thought the high vibration was annoying for such an expensive machine. I would have to think a lot before I bought one, I really think it's overkill for a sewing machine. The price at the dealer was over $10,000. The choice of sewing cabinet or machine quilting frame comes with the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I took a workshop at a Bernina dealer and got to use the new 820. It was super nice. Everything is automatic, push a button and the bobbin come out automatically, just take the bobbin out and replace, push a button and it goes back in and sets itself perfectly. The bobbin is about triple a regular bobbin size! So many buttons though! I set it to machine quilt a 12" design and just sat back and watched. The only thing I didn't like was it had high vibration. The machine was in the Bernina cabinet that comes with the machine and mounted perfectly. I thought the high vibration was annoying for such an expensive machine. I would have to think a lot before I bought one, I really think it's overkill for a sewing machine. The price at the dealer was over $10,000. The choice of sewing cabinet or machine quilting frame comes with the machine.
    thankyou for your thoughts..you are right, it is a lot to spend and more than I would want to spend on a machine. The vibration would annoy me..maybe too many bells and whistles..I dont know..i just want a reliable, tough machine with a large throat space with a little bell and a few whistles!! ie needle up/down, thread cutter on the side and to be able to do quilting stuff. I dont want the embroidery part as already have a Bernina Artiste 180e..is there such a machine?? i was thinking the Janome 6600 (I think that was the model no) prior to spying Bernina 820..

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    I have the 830...which is the same as the 820 EXCEPT it does embroidery too. I love it....dont have vibration you are talking about.

    Margie

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    Bernina has the older model 830. It's confusing why they gave the new machine the same model number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I took a workshop at a Bernina dealer and got to use the new 820. It was super nice. Everything is automatic, push a button and the bobbin come out automatically, just take the bobbin out and replace, push a button and it goes back in and sets itself perfectly. The bobbin is about triple a regular bobbin size! So many buttons though! I set it to machine quilt a 12" design and just sat back and watched. The only thing I didn't like was it had high vibration. The machine was in the Bernina cabinet that comes with the machine and mounted perfectly. I thought the high vibration was annoying for such an expensive machine. I would have to think a lot before I bought one, I really think it's overkill for a sewing machine. The price at the dealer was over $10,000. The choice of sewing cabinet or machine quilting frame comes with the machine.
    thankyou for your thoughts..you are right, it is a lot to spend and more than I would want to spend on a machine. The vibration would annoy me..maybe too many bells and whistles..I dont know..i just want a reliable, tough machine with a large throat space with a little bell and a few whistles!! ie needle up/down, thread cutter on the side and to be able to do quilting stuff. I dont want the embroidery part as already have a Bernina Artiste 180e..is there such a machine?? i was thinking the Janome 6600 (I think that was the model no) prior to spying Bernina 820..
    You will not go wrong with the Janome 6600. I bought the first one our dealer sold several years ago. Love it every day and it has a big throat to quilt through.

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    I have the Brother 1500ps. It's an older model but it has a large throat plate, needle up/down, auto thread cutter, knee lift, pin feed, and will sew on table top or in quilt frame. It looks just like the Juki. They are very reasonable priced about 1/3 of the original price.

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    I have the 820 and love it. I think BellaBoo is talking about the 830. The 820 doesn't do the embroidery, and costs well under $10,000. I don't have any problems with mine...absolutely no vibration at all. This is my dream machine and to me worth every penny we spent on it! I went from sewing and NEVER completing a project because my "other" machine was frustrating to sewing every day! In case anyone is wondering, I do NOT regret going with the 820 instead of the 830 either...but I am not inot embroidery either :)

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    I'm confused. The Brand New Bernina is model #820 and #830, called the 8 Series. The machines start at $10,000. At least at this Bernina dealer I went to. The older models are also 820 and 830. The new models are super large machines.
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    I have the 8 Series 820 (the new one). It is cheaper than the new 830. The 830 is around the $10,000 range, but I think if you shop around or wait until one of the promotions you can get a much better deal...JMO

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    Luv2Kreate, will the 820 do auto machine quilting designs? Or is that only the 830? The dealer doesn't sell the 820 one. The 830 vibrated enough to make the spool of thread look like a heat wave and the dealer said it was because it sewed so fast.?? Maybe she didn't have it properly installed in the cabinet as she though. I'm sure it has to be leveled according to the floor it's on. Congrats on your machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Luv2Kreate, will the 820 do auto machine quilting designs? Or is that only the 830? The dealer doesn't sell the 820 one. The 830 vibrated enough to make the spool of thread look like a heat wave and the dealer said it was because it sewed so fast.?? Maybe she didn't have it properly installed in the cabinet as she though. I'm sure it has to be leveled according to the floor it's on. Congrats on your machine!
    The 820 doesn't auto machine quilt...
    Sounds like she didn't have it level. I have heard of people talking about making sure the machine and are sturdy and level. The 820 and the 830 have speed controls too (I personally LOVE that feature)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2Kreate
    I have the 820 and love it. I think BellaBoo is talking about the 830. The 820 doesn't do the embroidery, and costs well under $10,000. I don't have any problems with mine...absolutely no vibration at all. This is my dream machine and to me worth every penny we spent on it! I went from sewing and NEVER completing a project because my "other" machine was frustrating to sewing every day! In case anyone is wondering, I do NOT regret going with the 820 instead of the 830 either...but I am not inot embroidery either :)
    the 820 with no embroidery was the one i was thinking of. Thanks for your input too Luv2Kreate..it all helps. Have you had any issues with your machine? Which features do you like the best? Did you buy the table that it goes into as well? do you know if the 820 will take feet off other berninas?
    I went on the Bernina site and lots of people have had trouble with the 830 but it may have been when it was first released and maybe they have ironed out the problems..

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2Kreate
    I have the 820 and love it. I think BellaBoo is talking about the 830. The 820 doesn't do the embroidery, and costs well under $10,000. I don't have any problems with mine...absolutely no vibration at all. This is my dream machine and to me worth every penny we spent on it! I went from sewing and NEVER completing a project because my "other" machine was frustrating to sewing every day! In case anyone is wondering, I do NOT regret going with the 820 instead of the 830 either...but I am not inot embroidery either :)
    the 820 with no embroidery was the one i was thinking of. Thanks for your input too Luv2Kreate..it all helps. Have you had any issues with your machine? Which features do you like the best? Did you buy the table that it goes into as well? do you know if the 820 will take feet off other berninas?
    I went on the Bernina site and lots of people have had trouble with the 830 but it may have been when it was first released and maybe they have ironed out the problems..
    I haven't had any issues at all with mine. I didn't take the class either. I bought it during the Houston Quilt Festival so I would have had to wait and I didn't want to. The manual is VERY informative and there are videos all over the internet.

    I am a member of several 820/830 yahoo groups, and there are people who have had issues with the 830...mostly the first ones that came out, but I never hear of issues with the 820 that don't end up being operator errors.

    It does take some feet from other Berninas...I am not sure which ones right off hand, this is my first Bernina, so my extra feet were purchased strictly for this machine. I did not buy the table or the frame. I will be purchasing the frame sometime this summer though.

    I LOVE everything about this machine. It is so much different than the little singer I had.

    A few of my absolute favorites are:
    1. The size. (Even without the other features, the size alone would have made this worth it to me). It really is possible to quilt a very large quilt on this machine...something I could never do on my other machine. In fact I never managed to complete a quilt until I got this one. The actual quilting part was too frustrating.
    2. I LOVE the threading system, and also the extra large bobbin.
    3. Speed Control
    4. I love the needle up/down feature.
    5. The ability to program how my machine sews.
    6. The BSR
    7. The auto thread cutter!
    and the list goes on and on...

    I plan on taking the class in the next few months. I know there are features I haven't even touched yet!

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    I have a 10 inch throat on my Viking Sapphire 830 that I bought new for eleven hundred but it is much cheaper now that is an older model.
    I would like to have a Bernina but they are too expensive.
    They are the only machines with a stitch regulator and I would love that feature.

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    The one in the bottom picture retails in Canada for 13,000.00 Canadian!
    So I bought top of the line Janome for less than half in Canada and I love it.
    So many sizes of hoops and even a sqare one for doing blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2Kreate
    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2Kreate
    I have the 820 and love it. I think BellaBoo is talking about the 830. The 820 doesn't do the embroidery, and costs well under $10,000. I don't have any problems with mine...absolutely no vibration at all. This is my dream machine and to me worth every penny we spent on it! I went from sewing and NEVER completing a project because my "other" machine was frustrating to sewing every day! In case anyone is wondering, I do NOT regret going with the 820 instead of the 830 either...but I am not inot embroidery either :)
    the 820 with no embroidery was the one i was thinking of. Thanks for your input too Luv2Kreate..it all helps. Have you had any issues with your machine? Which features do you like the best? Did you buy the table that it goes into as well? do you know if the 820 will take feet off other berninas?
    I went on the Bernina site and lots of people have had trouble with the 830 but it may have been when it was first released and maybe they have ironed out the problems..
    I haven't had any issues at all with mine. I didn't take the class either. I bought it during the Houston Quilt Festival so I would have had to wait and I didn't want to. The manual is VERY informative and there are videos all over the internet.

    I am a member of several 820/830 yahoo groups, and there are people who have had issues with the 830...mostly the first ones that came out, but I never hear of issues with the 820 that don't end up being operator errors.

    It does take some feet from other Berninas...I am not sure which ones right off hand, this is my first Bernina, so my extra feet were purchased strictly for this machine. I did not buy the table or the frame. I will be purchasing the frame sometime this summer though.

    I LOVE everything about this machine. It is so much different than the little singer I had.

    A few of my absolute favorites are:
    1. The size. (Even without the other features, the size alone would have made this worth it to me). It really is possible to quilt a very large quilt on this machine...something I could never do on my other machine. In fact I never managed to complete a quilt until I got this one. The actual quilting part was too frustrating.
    2. I LOVE the threading system, and also the extra large bobbin.
    3. Speed Control
    4. I love the needle up/down feature.
    5. The ability to program how my machine sews.
    6. The BSR
    7. The auto thread cutter!
    and the list goes on and on...

    I plan on taking the class in the next few months. I know there are features I haven't even touched yet!
    Just what I wanted to know..it sounds just the machine for me from your description! However will have to still shop around and hope I can get a very good deal even if i have to trade in my other bernina! I will still check out all the other machines everyone has mentioned and take my time and not rush into anything..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margie
    I have the 830...which is the same as the 820 EXCEPT it does embroidery too. I love it....dont have vibration you are talking about.

    Margie

    Alright Margie, that's it, I can't stand it...I am coming over to play! Now, where's the phone number for the airlines.... :mrgreen:

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    I dreamed and got burnt- this has a lot of buttons and a lot of glitches. I',m learning the fancier the machine the fancier the problems.

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