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Thread: Bernina recommendations?

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    Senior Member quiltnmom's Avatar
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    I suddenly took an interest in machine quilting recently. Haven't even finished my first quilt. Then last weekend my sewing machine broke. My wonderful husband insists I have a Bernina (although a used Bernina) this time. Does anyone have a recommendation as to what model. I am very confused. I had a Finesse (off shoot company of Singer) It basically sewed straight, zig zag and buttonholes. So anything would be a step up. The Bernina name impresses me. I have the opportunity to get a 1630 for approximately $300. We know the technician that works on them and he says it is in top condition. I am not a professional sewer/quilter by any means but will this be an adequate machine for a beginning quilter?

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    Bernina is a wonderful machine. I've had one for over 10 years w/o a problem. I have a 153QE but I know people with all different ones and they all feel the way I do.
    Good luck with whatever you find!!

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    I've had my Bernina for close to 15 years. It was a huge amount to pay back when we only had one income and four kids, but I fell in love. Now, I could afford to buy almost any machine I want but haven't. I still love my Bernina just as much and think it was one of the best purchases of my life. Really.

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    That sounds like a really good price for a 1630 - they are going for $500 plus on eBay. The nice thing about Berninas is that there are a myriad of feet available for them - a little on the pricey side, but beautifully made. Many very experienced quilters prefer to sew with the older Berninas and it should give you years of good service.

    The other nice thing about it is that if you ever feel the need to upgrade, to get more embroidery capability for instance, you will probably be able to get more for your machine than you paid for it.

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    LOve My Bernina, they r a great Machine...

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    Akrogirl I hadn't really given much thought to the value at trade in but that is a good point.

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    I, too, have a Virtuosa 153QE. It's rock solid and I love it. I got it for $800, used.

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    I looked at a Virtuoso 153QE in the store and liked it. They wanted $1299 for it though. There was one on ebay for $499 but it ended before I could make up my mind to bid or not. That will teach me.

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    I've had my Bernina for 25 years and still love it.

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    $300.00 for a 1630 is a great buy. It was made form 1993 to1998 If it was made prior to 1996 there was an update for it called the 1996 update, some sort of electronic update. This is really a good machine and again at a good price. Keep us posted!!
    Berninas are really quality machines. We have two, a 730e and a B330. Just wonderful machines.

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    I got my first Bernina (used) a 440QE in June of last year and fell in love. Upgraded to a 730E in March of this year and still love Bernina. They have also just come out with what I call a beginner or travel machine line called the 3 Series. You might be able to find a 330 demo model. I think that the one you have found would be a great place to start! Good luck.

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    I have a 630 that I bought used about 3 years ago. Love my machine!!!

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    I purchased a Bernina 930 new in 1983 & still have it. It's a workhorse. The 903 will chunk thru a couple layers of thick leather with no problems. I actually used it so much making jeans & other heavy fabric items I wore the feed dogs down, LOL. I believe it was the last all metal machine Bernina made. I also have the Bernina Artista 200E sewing/embroidery combo machine. Bought it in 2004 & I use it hard too. What ever model you choose think about how you will use it. If it's for quilting then look for one with a larger "harp area" if you plan on doing your own quilting. A larger harp area will give you more room to stuff all that fabric thickness thru. Bernina is a great machine & sews beautifully. As they saying goes "Nothing sews like a Bernina".

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    I have the Bernina 1230 which is an all metal one also. I paid $600 for mine in 1996 (it is a 1990 model). I would sell my children before I sold my machine. I dearly love it. It was used when I got it but I knew I wanted a Bernina. Haven't regretted it for one second. It is a little tricky with machine quilting because the opening is rather small for this task, but it is do-able. Just have to stuff a little more. I love mine.

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    You can't go wrong with a Bernina - I have the 155 and love it. Bought it in 2002 and have only had regular maintenance done to keep her happy - no problems to date and she sews beautifully, all the time.

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    I have a Bernina 801 that I love. It is one of the "vintage" models and the folks at my LQS fawned on it when I brought it in for service.

    After spending the weekend trying to teach my son to sew using my 90's Singer, I'm ready to donate the Singer instead of keep it as a backup.

    Cheers, K

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    I have had berninas since 1991. It is the most reliable machine I have ever seen. Mine is all metal and I can't get rid of it. I got a Bernina Aurora QE 440 and had planned to donate the old one, but just couldn't part with it. I have lots of feet, and discovered the other day that they do not fit the new Bernina. I am now in the process of uploading a question on the board to see if anyone knows of an adapter so I can use the old bernina feet on the new bernina. You will never regret getting the one you saw. The price is great-do it fast!!!

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    I would grab the 1630.......fantastic price. I have heard that the 1530 and the 1630 are hard to find because they have d/c them and have more metal inside than the new machines. I wish I hadn't sold my 1530 but I traded it in when I bought my Aurora QE.

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