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    Berninas are good, no?

    Someone from my quilt guild donated a White machine to me. I hand quilt and piece but I wanted to learn on a machine. This machine does not like me and I don't like it. One of my LQS is a bernina store and there's a machine I'd like to get for a couple hundred bucks. It's a very basic machine and they would teach me how to use it when I bought it. I just wanted to get an opinion on whether or not Bernina's are a good buy.

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    Berninas are about as top of the line as it gets....I have an older one (a 1008) and I love it still! It shares space with several others: a Janome 6600P, a Husqvarna-Viking Platinum, a bunch of vintage Singers and I think I still like the older Bernina the best....
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    Machines and accessories are way overpriced!

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    I've been sewing on Berninas for years. You will love it. I just bought a second small Bernina to take to classes and retreats. These are wonderful machines and I don't think you will regret purchasing one. I had a White Serger many years ago - it didn't like me either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Machines and accessories are way overpriced!
    I agree way overpriced, they are just okay to me. I tried one in January in a class. I preferred my brothers and baby locks better. I like the feed better, accessories are cheaper, and they are way more user friendly. Also for the price of the Bernini it should have had way more features than it did
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    I have Bernina 1260. I enjoy sewing with it because no tension problems, no thread problems, no bobbin problems. If you can get a Bernina for $200 you found a bargain.
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    Is it a used Bernina, or a Bernette? If it is a Bernina, then it would be a good machine. If it is a Bernette, they are not made by Bernina, and I wouldn't recommend buying it...they are not easy to sew on, and not really made well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyValentine View Post
    Someone from my quilt guild donated a White machine to me. I hand quilt and piece but I wanted to learn on a machine. This machine does not like me and I don't like it. One of my LQS is a bernina store and there's a machine I'd like to get for a couple hundred bucks. It's a very basic machine and they would teach me how to use it when I bought it. I just wanted to get an opinion on whether or not Bernina's are a good buy.
    A very basic new machine for a couple of hundred dollars is not a Bernina. The Bernette line is ***not*** the same as the Bernina line. For a couple of hundred dollars I would buy a machine from Walmart, as it is returnable if you do not like it. Bernettes are simply not the best-made of the low-end machines. The Brother brand is a better bet in this price range.

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    But you might want to talk to your LQS about how much a basic Bernina would cost you. I have several different types of machines, including 2 Berninas and nothing sews like a Bernina. You pay early for the quality but you get a top quality product that will last for many, many years with no problems.
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    I have had my Bernini Aurora for 7 years now, bought it off eBay for half of what the LQS wanted. I have never had it in the shop ever and it sings to me, well, hums is a better word, I guess. I have never had a bad minute with her. I also own a Bernette and can't stand her! I hope you have good luck as I have had with my Bernina.

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    I love my Berninas. I have an 801 and an 830 Record (the mechanical one) that I found on eBay and Craigslist.

    White is a good machine too. Can you find someone that might teach you on the machine you have in order to make friends with it?

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    I'm sure that most people think the machine they own is the best. I have had a Bernina Artista 200 for about 12 years. I love, love, love that machine! Yes, at the time I bought it, I thought it was expensive and all the extras I bought for it seemed expensive. Now, I think I got my money's worth. It has been an awesome machine. I also have a 1952 Featherweight. I like that machine too. I hope you can find a machine that you will enjoy using.

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    Thank you for the advice. I'm not entirely sure about the brand. I'm almost sure it's a Bernina. I'm going to go talk to the lady this week and do a little more research. If it is a Bernette, then I'll steer clear and go for either a Brother or a Singer.

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    I have a Bernina that my mom passed down to me that I learned on. It's as old as I am and I have learned all my sewing on it. I have used it for piecing, quilting, apparel assembly and some easy fancy stitches. I love that it is the one I am most familiar with and I think it's a fantastic machine. What I love the most is that I have used it to sew on everything from Silk to leather and it keeps going. My friends ask to borrow it all the time because it's all metal, and is heavy duty for a portable personal sewing machine.

    As for things being overpriced. Yes that can be prohibitive starting out, but I believe it would be worth it in the long run as people don't tend to sell them at yard sales, they will them to their children.

    Oh yeah, mine is an 830
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    for low price range, I strongly recommend getting a good used machine..often $25-50 at a garage sale, rather than a low end new machine. I am not a fan of Bernina in any case, as my high end one was a total lemon. My son refused to return my wonderful Viking, so what I now use in Janome, which I like very much. Our dealer took apart a recent high end Bernina and Janome and showed us the difference in construction. No comparison. The reason singer Feathers are so popular among quilters is their very durable construction.

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    I have two Berninas. One is an embroidery machine and the other is Activa 210, basic. I purchased my first Bernina 30 years ago, and have upgraded several times. I have never wanted another machine. They are a little expensive, but it is a investment and a good one will resale at a good price. If you have a chance to get one at a reduced cost, it would be a good investment. If it doesn't work for you, resale it. I feel sure you would get your money back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    Our dealer took apart a recent high end Bernina and Janome and showed us the difference in construction. No comparison.
    Can you be specific here? What do you mean, no comparison? Which was better and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by QM
    Our dealer took apart a recent high end Bernina and Janome and showed us the difference in construction. No comparison.
    Can you be specific here? What do you mean, no comparison? Which was better and why?
    And what brand does that dealer sell? Bernina, right? If so, it would hardly be an unbiased evaluation.
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    All the high end machines are good. Some have different features than others, hence the price differences. I have Babylocks, and love them, but would not snub other machines.

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    There are hundred of thousands of people that buy Berninas so the price fits most budgets. Bernettes are made in a manufacturing plant under Bernina's supervision in Hong Kong. The high end Bernettes are nice and have a lot of extras. To enjoy sewing you have to like your machine no matter what brand it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    There are hundred of thousands of people that buy Berninas so the price fits most budgets. Bernettes are made in a manufacturing plant under Bernina's supervision in Hong Kong. The high end Bernettes are nice and have a lot of extras. To enjoy sewing you have to like your machine no matter what brand it is.
    Bernette's are made in the asian Bernina plants to Bernette's specifications. Bernina supplies the (foreign) labor, nothing else. No decision making involved. They are completely separate companies with a labor agreement.
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    A nearby LQS owner just returned from the Bernina plant in Hong Kong. My information came from her.

    I'm sorry it was Thailand not Hong Kong. I got Hong Kong on my mind this morning. A friend is visiting there.
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    This is one of those questions that for every yes, you'll get someone else saying no. If you can, what I would suggest is to go to a few different places and test run machines to see what is the best fit for you. I can understand getting a cheaper standard machine; especially to learn on. If you end up getting into sewing/quilting then you can always upgrade and this machine will be good to travel to classes with etc or as a backup. Also why checking out machines check the customer service and classes offered at that store. I have Vikings and love them, I also have Kenmore/Janome machine bought at Sears that I love and keep it on the same table as my top of the line Diamond. Only you can decide what is good for you and the more you see as to some features that some offer the easier the decision will be. I love the auto thread cut, the auto needle down and I also love the auto thread tension because no matter what I'm doing, embroidery, sewing, or FMQ, I don't have to adjust a thing. The machine does it all. Check out your options. There are lots of good machines out there
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    Please read what others have said about the Bernette! There is NOTHING like a Bernina!! I have an old one, and my wonderful DH just bought me a new 750, which I'm just learning to use... but there is simply nothing like a Bernina... If you could find a good dealer who sells good used machines, I'd go for it!!
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    I'm another Bernina owner.It's a great machine.I sold a featherweight,a Janome & an expensive Viking.The FW is fine for basic stitching.All top of the line machines are good,but the Bernina suits me best.

    You can find bargains on Craig's List.My 1st machine was a basic Kenmore that lasted many years.
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