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PFaff versus Bernina

Old 04-01-2013, 01:03 PM
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Default PFaff versus Bernina

I am looking at a new sewing machine with a long neck (10-11 in) and cannot decide between the Pfaff and the Bernina. I would love to hear from owners of long necked machines about the positives of their machines. Thanks.

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Love my Pfaff!!
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​Love my Bernina 440 but the neck/harp measures 7 and 1/2 to the needle. I think the 820 has a larger harp but it's beyond my budget.
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I love my quilt expressions 4.0 pfaff
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:26 PM
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You might want to look at where the specific model is manufactured. I know that only the higher end models of Bernina are still made in Switzerland; the others are made elsewhere. I think new Pfaffs are made in China. This may or may not make a difference to you. I have a Bernina 1230 that I love and will keep on using as long as it (and I!) last. Here is another thread about different machines and where they are made:
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I love my Pfaff!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:17 PM
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I'm sure both are good machines. I have a Bernina 440. The BSR was the clincher when I bought it. Now I have a longarm, so I don't use the BSR, but it's there if I need it again.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:31 PM
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Only the TOL Pfaff and Vikings are made in Sweden.
The only thing you might want to check is the bobbin. Most Berninas are vertical. The Pfaffs have gone drop in.

I prefer the vertical bobbin - it's easier to deal with. However, Babylock, Brother, Janome users might say just the opposite.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:49 PM
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Love my Bernina 830. Berninas had also come out with a 7 series. Check out there website for more info regarding harp space. Whatever machine you pick, just make sure the dealer has a good reputation with their customers. Good luck.

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If you are only looking for sewing and quilting (not embroidery) be sure to look at the new Bernina 710. It is affordable for a big machine. I agree with mltquilt about dealer support.
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