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    My husband bought me a Bernina 530 for Christmas. This was a gift that he bought without any hints or requests from me. In fact, it was the furtherest request on my Santa list. Now don't get me wrong, I am deeply grateful and excited, but am feeling alittle overwhelmed by it all. Have tried to thread it and use the auto thread and am even having trouble with that part. Even though I will be taking classes, I am afraid that he has given me a machine that will be difficult to use. I have been using a Viking that was bought in the 1970's. I quilt constantly and thoroughly enjoy the many steps. For those that have this machine or others in the Bernina family, how do you like it? What don't you like about it? I'm hoping that after taking classes, I can resume my enthusiasm but right now I totally feel overwhelmed/dumb/frustrated. Please, please, don't thinK I am ungrateful. I know that money is hard to come by so his generosity is deeply appreciated.

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    I am still sewing on a Bernina 1230 that I bought 20 years ago...it is the best thing I ever bought...you will learn to use the machine and hopefully come to love it as much as I bought mine. Your husband must have thought it was time for you to get a newer machine than the one you have that is about 40 years old. It might be overwhelming now, but once you take your lessons, I am sure you will be thrilled with your Christmas gift!

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    What a great guy! Chill out until you have your first class. Experience has taught me that the folks at my Bernina shop are so helpful. And I'm sure yours will be the same. Did you get a manual with your machine? It should show you the threading pattern. The auto thread was a learning curve for me, too. When you hold the lever down to actually thread the needle, I have found that if I pull the thread as the thingy is forcing the thread thru the hole in the needle, it works every time. Don't let it release until you have a hold of the thread. I have the 440 QE so I'm not familiar with the 530 but I'm sure the threader is the same.Your Bernina dealer will help you thru this and you will in no time be a Bernina fanatic as I am. It's the Harley (Davidson) of sewing machines, in my book. Funny story, in our quilt group I would periodically refer to my machine as my Harley. One of my sewing pals looked at me one day and said "You know I've searched and searched online and cannot find a Harley sewing machine. Where did you find yours?" Obviously her husband did not own a Harley. ha

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    Too bad you husband didn't include you in the buying decision! But once you get used to it, I think you will like it better. I have a Bernina 430, which I bought to replace a Viking Sapphire that was giving me fits whenever I tried to free motion with it.

    The hardest thing for me to get used to is the bobbin - I am very used to drop in bobbins, so I have to look in the manual whenever I change the bobbin. I'm not a frequent user so that's really me, not the machine. I will say that the Bernina runs smoother and free motions like a dream come true.

    I've also had trouble with the needle threader...but I never had the lessons on my machine.

    Janet

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    Just take your time and learn alitte at a time. You will learn it don't stress out. You will get it just take a breath and take your time you will grow into it.

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    I have a Bernina 450 and love it. I've had it for three years and have never had a problem with it. I keep it cleaned and oiled and it has sewn a consistent straight and even stitich from the moment it came out of the box. I also bought the Stitch Regulator (BSR) and have to say I'm less excited about that. I think with a little practice I could FMQ just as well without it. As others have said - take your time - you are feeling overwhelmed right now but with time I bet you will call this your favorite machine!
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    what a sweet hubby! bernina's are wonderful machines--i think once you have some classes under your belt you will LOVE it! now, having said that...i love my viking tribute just as much .

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    I have a Bernina and I love it. I have had just about every make of machine there is, still have a few, but my Bernina is by far my favorite. I have the BSR also, and I love it too. I have tried FM quilting without it, forget that! Read your manuel, take your classes, and then decide. I think you will fall in love all over again.

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    What a great hubby!!! You will love it after you have your lessons. I have had a Bernina for years and it is the BEST! The 530 has some great reviews, so I know you won't be disappointed once you learn how to use it. Have fun and let Hubby know we think he is Top Dog.

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    I have a Bernina 630 built in 1964. I love her- except for how heavy she is. She does not go in reverse any longer, but I still use her.
    A dream I have is to have a NEW Bernina- but then I want to travel to the moon tooo. I don't believe either will come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolteacher View Post
    My husband bought me a Bernina 530 for Christmas. This was a gift that he bought without any hints or requests from me. In fact, it was the furtherest request on my Santa list. Now don't get me wrong, I am deeply grateful and excited, but am feeling alittle overwhelmed by it all. Have tried to thread it and use the auto thread and am even having trouble with that part. Even though I will be taking classes, I am afraid that he has given me a machine that will be difficult to use. I have been using a Viking that was bought in the 1970's. I quilt constantly and thoroughly enjoy the many steps. For those that have this machine or others in the Bernina family, how do you like it? What don't you like about it? I'm hoping that after taking classes, I can resume my enthusiasm but right now I totally feel overwhelmed/dumb/frustrated. Please, please, don't thinK I am ungrateful. I know that money is hard to come by so his generosity is deeply appreciated.
    I have the 530 and LOVE it for piecing, buttons, basic sewing. It sews beautifully and the needle threader works every time. You have to be sure it the thread comes through the bottom loop at the needle. You will love it once you take your classes. I also have the 830 and 200 but use the 530 most of the time! Hope you come to love it too.
    Linda

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    What a great husband! Okay now take a deep breath and remember to keep breathing.
    I have had Berninas (several different ones) for years and yes I Love them. The needle threader takes some practice, but don't give up. It is like the knee lift (hands free) when I got my first Bernina I thought what in the heck is this, and it seemed like it took me months to get used to but now - if I have to sew without it I swear my finger gets sore from lifting the presser foot, especially when I am quilting. The needle threader does also take some practice and I will warn you that it can get out of alignment although I think the newer ones are a little sturdier than what is on my older machine.

    In addition to your dealer please also check out the Bernina USA website - they have a ton of stuff out there

    Here's to you and your new Bernina - I know you will have many happy times together

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    I have a bernina 440 and LOVE IT!! Was a singer owner previously and wouldn't go back. I'm sure once you take some lessons and get some miles on it you will love it also. P.S. I still can't figure out the auto threader thing..no biggie I still remember how to thread it the old fashioned way.

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    I have a Bernina 1260 and it does everything I need it to do. I bought it used and it's never given me a bit of trouble.
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    I have a 440 and I love it to pieces! When I first got it though, I was overwhelmed as well. I didn't have a chance to take the classes for her and then the shop went out of business but I just read the manual and looked things up online. I am in the Bernina_Aurora Yahoo group and I have found a tremendous amount of information and help with my machine in the group.

    Take things slow, enjoy your classes and before you know it you'll be so in love with your new machine. By the way, what a great husband you've got there!

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    Purchased my first Bernina 13 years ago and still have that one. Have purchased and traded in others til I now have my 830. Love my Berninas. The classes will help. Enjoy.

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    I have a Bernina 430 and I found it very intuitive to use, just jumped right in (but not the embroidery- I had no clue what to do...) The threading worked like my two previous machines (but I didn't use the threader) and I had a vertical bobbin in my very first machine, so I knew how that worked.

    However, when I went to the dealer for my first class, I noticed many of the women had never even turned their machine on. What you are feeling is not unique, many people are overwhelmed by these electronic machines. Just wait until your class, and then I'm sure you'll figure it out. No need to be overwhelmed, just keep taking classes and learn a little more each time.

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    You will get the hang of it, don't get discouraged. It will have a period of learning just like anything else we try!!! I have two Bernina's and now love them both. Did not love the 830 for about a year until I finally figured out how to FMQ with it and be successful.
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    I have a Bernina 1090 that I purchased in the mid 1990's. She has never given me a day of trouble and I would not sell or trade her for anything. I have never met a dissatisfied Bernina Owner. I am sure you will come to love it! You have a very thoughtful husband!
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    I have the Bernina 830 and didn't like her until I found out I was using the wrong size needle for the thread I was using. Once I went to the bigger needle, I was in love. I take classes 2 1/2 years later and still get free services. They do the updates for me and tuneups still.
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    I have a bernina auraura 440qe which I love. My friend has the same machine with a fussy threader. Rule for hers which you could try. Needle as high as possible. Threader make sure hook goes through needle eye. Try this. Below is a picture of an heirloom quilt she has made using the fancy stitches etc. get age 79 and time quilting 3 yrs.size is a double bed with the borders an. Overlap.
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    I have two Berninas and luv both of them ... They r also embroidery machines.... They have similar features but also have unique .... I would not trade them... Luv luv luv them ...

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    I have a Bernina 630 and I love it!!!!! Take the class, you will learn to use the machine and all of it's great features!


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    I have the 440QE and love it. The trick with the threader is to hit the foot pedal with your heel, which will put the needle either in its highest position or lowest. (If it goes down, hit the foot pedal with your heel again.) The needle needs to be in that exact position to use the threader. There's also a button on the sewing head that will do the same thing, but I always use the foot pedal. If you have the BSR be sure to learn about the two settings. It's wonderful.

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