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    I have a Bernina 830, made about 1972, she runs great and has 13 feet that came with it, also an extension table. Does anyone know about what it sold sale for? A lady asked if I would like to sell it, well I don't use it so it would be best, but I have no idea what to tell her on the price. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen
    I have a Bernina 830, made about 1972, she runs great and has 13 feet that came with it, also an extension table. Does anyone know about what it sold sale for? A lady asked if I would like to sell it, well I don't use it so it would be best, but I have no idea what to tell her on the price. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
    I just looked on Ebay. The cheapest is $299.00 and still has 19 hrs to bid on it.

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    Great! Thank you so much!

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    The Bernina 830 is a collectors item like the SINGER featherweight 221. please don't give it away cheap...she is a real gem...My Mom has the 930 and has been using it steady since she bought it in the mid 80's.

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    I'd say a minimum of $350 -- probably more with all the feet and the extension table (which can be hard to find). If you have an eBay account, you can do a search on the Bernina 830 for "completed auctions" to find out what they have actually sold for online.

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    I have the Bernina 930. I bought it 12/83 and paid $1349

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    I agree, Please find out what they have been selling for before you sell it. You may want to give it a second thought. I would keep it for a spare.

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    I wouldn't trade or sell my 830. She purrs like a kitten, never balks regardless of what goes under the presser foot.
    In my opinion, she's the best machine I own. I bought her second handed and paid a lot more than $350 for her. But she came with the extension table, and many extra specialized feet.

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    Locally here they range in price from $400-$650.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen
    I have a Bernina 830, made about 1972, she runs great and has 13 feet that came with it, also an extension table. Does anyone know about what it sold sale for? A lady asked if I would like to sell it, well I don't use it so it would be best, but I have no idea what to tell her on the price. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
    I sold one on Ebay about 1.5 years ago for $550 + shipping.
    I would watch to see what they end for now and go by that figure.

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    This amazes me..I never realised that the Bernina was worth that much. I will watch ebay and then set the price. You ladies have really helped ThankYou

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    Before I bought my first Bernie 830 back in the 1990s, I called John Flynn (Flynn Quilting Frame) to ask his opinion on price. I had heard him tell my class that he did the majority of his machine quilting (at that time) on his 830. I then bought one for slightly less than he told me I might have to pay....$550. I have bought and sold several since then, for other people, and always found them to be around the same price. I lived in Ft. Worth/Dallas TX at the time.

    The more I looked for them, the more I came to realize that they are indeed a collector's gem like the Featherweight. I used 2 for classes in my shop and told wary customers that it was definitely okay to use them because they were truly work horses! I often recommend them as a first sewing machine when someone wants to buy "a good used sewing machine".

    They are solid metal, no plastic. You can do a lot of the maintenance yourself with the top of the machine that opens. It's heavy as heck and the red plastic "suitcase" carrier is bulky, but I'd rather drag my Bernie 830 around to classes any time than a sensitive, mother-boarded, computerized, plastic-encased machine.

    As a matter of fact, I even bought the later 1990s version, the 1031, and they are virtually identical in stitch and function. I'm a major fan!
    Don't sell yourself short!

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    It is worth its numbers in dollars. I bought a used one beat up not running. A good running one with case and feet could fetch around $800 in our area. Don't sell it. It will be harder to find another one then it would be to find a feather weight.

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    I had heard if the machine is in excellent condition then you can get up around $800. I would hold onto that machine.

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    I would also recommend holding on to the machine. However, if you really do want to sell it, try checking out completed auctions on ebay to get a better feel for the price. One recently sold for $950!

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    I bought my Bernina 830 Record new in 1976. It was the first machine that I bought new and was just over $1000 Canadian. My brand new husband was not impressed and thought the money should have made mortgage payments. The machine still sews well and I use it as my back up machine. This past weekend I was offered $400 sight unseen by the Bernina dealership who had a booth at our guild's quilt show. They said that they are very popular with their Mennonite customers and always have a list of people wanting one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Before I bought my first Bernie 830 back in the 1990s, I called John Flynn (Flynn Quilting Frame) to ask his opinion on price. I had heard him tell my class that he did the majority of his machine quilting (at that time) on his 830. I then bought one for slightly less than he told me I might have to pay....$550. I have bought and sold several since then, for other people, and always found them to be around the same price. I lived in Ft. Worth/Dallas TX at the time.

    The more I looked for them, the more I came to realize that they are indeed a collector's gem like the Featherweight. I used 2 for classes in my shop and told wary customers that it was definitely okay to use them because they were truly work horses! I often recommend them as a first sewing machine when someone wants to buy "a good used sewing machine".

    They are solid metal, no plastic. You can do a lot of the maintenance yourself with the top of the machine that opens. It's heavy as heck and the red plastic "suitcase" carrier is bulky, but I'd rather drag my Bernie 830 around to classes any time than a sensitive, mother-boarded, computerized, plastic-encased machine.

    As a matter of fact, I even bought the later 1990s version, the 1031, and they are virtually identical in stitch and function. I'm a major fan!
    Don't sell yourself short!
    I have the 1031, and she is WONDERFUL...I have finally retired her from 10 hour days, every day use...but she still goes to all of my craft shows so that I can do a bit of work between sales. The old Berninas are workhorses. LOVE that machine!

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    Thank you that have given such great advice. I do appreciate it very much.

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    Upwards of $500 depending on what comes with it, the condition and the area.

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    Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread, but another thing to consider is if your 830 has the hi/low gear option. This is a little white switch found just below and to the right of the feed dog knob, on the base of the machine. Switching the machine into low gear gives it something like 10X the penetrating power (or was it 30X?) which makes it wonderful for sewing hems on jeans over those thick outseams. If your machine has that switch it's worth more.

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    I took a MAchine quilting classs form Harriet Hardgrave about 15 yrs ago.

    She said never get rid of this machine,it's a workhorse.
    I have seen this machine go for over $1000.00 on ebay last yr.

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    As a matter of fact, I even bought the later 1990s version, the 1031, and they are virtually identical in stitch and function. I'm a major fan!
    Don't sell yourself short![/quote]

    I have the 1031, and she is WONDERFUL...I have finally retired her from 10 hour days, every day use...but she still goes to all of my craft shows so that I can do a bit of work between sales. The old Berninas are workhorses. LOVE that machine![/quote]

    My first good machine was a 1031 that I bought in 1992, still have it and its been a great machine,I've sewn just about everything with it. I've had 4 Berninas through the years, I kept the 1031 and later got a used 930. My DD's first machine was an old 730. I gave it to her for her 16th birthday and she was so glad to have a machine that she didn't have to share. She used it for many years, sold it and now has a very nice 930. It'll sew just about anything she can put under the presser foot; she makes costumes.
    Sharon W.

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    I just picked up my Bernina 1010 from being serviced (first repair of it's life) The dealer said, you know that machine is worth at least $1000? My jaw dropped- I paid $800 for it 24 years ago!

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    Thank you all. i traded the machine for alot of new fabric and some other stuff.

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