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Thread: Which Machine?

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    I am looking at purchasing a Bernina machine. It is between the 450, 640 and the 730. Cost is a factor but not prohibative necessarily. I want the BSR, 9mm and embroidery functions. Any thoughts?

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    you are going to get alot of diffferent thoughts... lol..

    Since I own a Bernina my thoughts wouldbe go with the Bernina... I have the 440QE and I love my machine.

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    Go with the 640, it has a better hook than the 400 series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandyk
    Go with the 640, it has a better hook than the 400 series.
    hey what wrong with my 400 series hook? lol.. Just joking...

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    [Go with the 640, it has a better hook than the 400 series.]

    What is "hook" when you're referring to sewing machines? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBeamer
    [Go with the 640, it has a better hook than the 400 series.]

    What is "hook" when you're referring to sewing machines? Thanks.
    I may be worng but I believe she is talking about the bobbin hook.

    If I had to choose I would get the 730. I like the way thebobbin threads for embroidery better than the way the 440 does.

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    As many opinions as there are people - I wouldn't have a Bernina if it was given to me - well, maybe I would take it and hope I could unload it on someone! Nothing but bad experience with them here! (440 and new 830)

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    Really? Can you elaborate a little bit? Thanks.

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    Well, I have 5 Berninas (vintage 731 and 930, modern 440, 820, and 240) and I can't recommend them highly enough. Power, precision, durability, reliability...My only 9mm Bernina is the 820, and I don't do embroidery, so the only thing I can tell you about those 3 choices is that the 640 is being discontinued, so it should be available at a savings. The 450 requires a computer connection for embroidery, but the 640 and 730 can go off a USB stick. Good luck and I hope you enjoy your Bernina as much as I enjoy mine!

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    Thanks, I appreciate the input very much.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!

    I have a 630. Had been looking at the 640 but had a lot of people tell me that if I mainly use it for quilting that it is harder to maintain a 1/4" seam with the wider feed dogs.
    I know that you can just move the needle but I like using the 1/4" foot to sew with. I have the BSR and an embroidery module. Love my machine!

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    I find it easy to get a perfect 1/4" on my 440 (5.5mm) It takes more effort with my 820 (9mm). But other quilters say they have no trouble at all, so you have to try it for yourself. Of course, test drive your final candidates for purchase with the fabrics, threads, and needles you prefer. Bring blocks to piece, mini quilt sandwiches to quilt, and anything else you typically do, the more challenging, then better.

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    Since she wants the BSR she's going to have to go with a Bernina :> Just putting that out there to those who try to talk her out of it. I own many different brands of sewing machines and Bernina is by far the highest quality machine on the market. If cost isn't a huge factor, I'd go with the 730.

    I have the 830 and 9mm stitching. No problem finding the 1/4" sweet spot!

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    730 all the way! Since they came out with the 800 series, you may be able to get a discount or even a gently used one. I bought mine used and have no regrets! Buying used from a dealer allowed me to have a much nicer machine!

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    I appreciate all of the replies. I should have elaborated further and stated that I have only sewn 2 quilts but thoroughly have been bitten by the quilting bug. I see many more quilts in my future and I am also interested in sewing my own clothes. Now, that being said, I would really like to purchase a bernina as my current machine is an inexpensive simple machine that is rather limiting but has been great for a beginner. Sooo, I went looking at the Bernina's and narrowed it down to the 3 (450, 640, 730) but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. This is why I am looking for some good advice. Thanks.
    P.S. I like the embroidery component but do not necessarily have to have it.

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