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Thread: Just got a new Bernina!

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    Senior Member grandma7's Avatar
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    A few months ago, I bought a Singer Confidence and was dismayed at it being all plastic! It sewed OK, but started bunching up in the bobbin area. I did all of the trouble-shooting and then thought perhaps the feed dogs were the culprit. When I tried to lower and raise them, they wouldn't work and I couldn't get them to raise back up. I took it to repair man and he told me that he could fix it, but would not recommend quilting on this machine, as it wouldn't last a long time for this. Furthermore, he said he would not recommend lower/raising the feed dogs, as he couldn't guarantee they would raise again.

    The reason I bought this machine was to quilt on and learn to free motion quilt on.

    They gave me $300 for my machine (which is what I paid for it) on a new Bernina 350PE! I'm so excited and can't believe I finally have a Bernina! I guess I always thought they were out of my reach and I just "settled."

    I'm so looking forward to sewing and quilting on it. I'm going to take advantage of the basic class that is offered with the purchase.

    This baby is NOT plastic and should last me for a very long time.

    I was hoping some of you ladies might have some thoughts on how to utilize it to it's fullest. Thanks!

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    Congratulations! You got a terrific deal.

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    That sounds wonderful! I'm sure you will love it. I don't have a new Bernina but I have an oldie from 1974 and runs beautifully. It's the 830 Record.
    Congratulations!

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    Any Bernina is a great one in my book. I think of my Bernina as the Harley Davidson's of machines. Enjoy yours.

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    Congratultions on your Bernina. I have had Berninas for years and wouldn't have anything else. I can only suggestion regular cleaning with a Q-tip, and oiling as well which is true of all machines. A tuneup at the shop occassionally. Enjoy!

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    congrats!

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    Lucky you, I have the artista 125 & adore it, but I haven't even used it to its full capacity, you will really enjoy the new toy!

    Debs

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    wow, dodged a bullet on the plastic one... to get back what you paid. congrats on your new Bernina

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    Congrats!

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    You'll be very happy with your Bernina, I'm sure.

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    Enjoy your new Bernina. It looks like a nice machine and it should serve you well.

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    very happy for you!! I have been wanting a new machine, but, can't decide.

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    You will love the Bernina.

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    Congrats! You'll love that Bernina. Consider joining the Bernina yahoo group "Bernina Land". I think the 350PE is very straightforward, so the class ought to get you sewing just fine.

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    Congrats. My bernina is an older one. I got her about 12 years ago. The 153QE. I love her.

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    Congrats!

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    Thanks, pieces2. I probably don't clean as often as I should and have always used a brush, not a q-tip. I'll try that.

    Thanks, maiaB. I'll see about this group. Sounds like I could get some real good ideas.

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    Good for you and great for you that they gave you credit for the entire cost of your old machine. I have suffered for 6 years with a brother that also wasn't quilting friendly. Got a new Bernina last month and have been in heaven.

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    I love my Bernina. I have a 150 QE that I bought used and I really love it. Congratulations.

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    It looks like you will really love your new baby! Did you get the knee lifter with it? If not, I would suggest you invest in that and a single hole needleplate for freemotion quilting. It is so nice to be able to lift the presser foot with your knee while still keeping control of your quilt with your hands. And the single hole plate will help with eyelashing on the back. Congrats!

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    I'm very happy for you! I love my Bernina.

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    YAY YOU!! You'll have so much fun with your new machine!

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    I use the 350 to take to quilt retreats and love it. Just go for it in terms of sewing. It will do whatever you want it to.

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    congradulations!
    enjoy your new baby!

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    My other car is a bernina 730 and I love it. I've had it for over 5 years and it is amazing. Enjoy and welcome to the club.

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