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Thread: Put a Bernina on layaway today...

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    I went to the sewing center to get some oil for my featherweight, the only machine I have. I have wanted a sewing/embroidery machine for a while, but could not afford one. While I was there I asked if he had any used machines and of coarse he did. He also let me put it on layaway!

    I got a Bernina Artista 200E for 799. It looks brand new and comes with all attachments, software and hoops. He went through the machine and said it was barely used. Now I need to find some info so I will know how to play with it when I get to bring it home. I have never sewed on anything but a featherweight.

    Is 799 a good deal.

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    Did they say if it had been upgraded to the 730? Sounds like a good price to me. I have the 640E.

    You will need software, embird is a good one and the least expensive. Also, embroidery threads & stabilizers.

    Congrats on your new baby!

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    Woo Hoo!!! How exciting for you :D:D:D
    Start watching for sales on the stabilizers and threads :wink:

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    Okay.. any idea what kind of thread to use? I have never sewn anything but quilt tops.

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    If you're talking about embroidery thread, don't buy a bunch of thread ahead of time because different machines have different likes and dislikes regarding thread. What someone else's machine just loves, your new baby may hate. So just buy some small spools until you figure out what your machine likes when it comes to embroidery. I have two brother machines and they aren't too picky. I have used ARC, Brother's thread, Madeira, and my personal favorite, Admelody.

    Good luck with her when you get her home. Have lots of fun.

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    Congrats! What hoops came with it? You are going to have FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!


    You will love your new baby!

    My Berninas are not fussy about embroidery threads - I use a lot of maderia thread, You MAY get a DVD or VHS to show you how to get started (both mine came with one!) Watch it carefuly and read the manual - you will be fine!

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    There is a Yahoo group for the 200/730E that you can join, there is lots of help on that. Also, did your dealer offer you any free classes on how to use the machine? You got a huge saving on the price of a new 730E, mine was over 4000 (euros) about four years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter

    Is 799 a good deal.
    So you bought it without even knowing if it was a good deal?? LOL, sounds like love to me.

    :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    There is a Yahoo group for the 200/730E that you can join, there is lots of help on that. Also, did your dealer offer you any free classes on how to use the machine? You got a huge saving on the price of a new 730E, mine was over 4000 (euros) about four years ago.
    If hers isn't upgraded to 730E, which it sounds like it is not, how much would it cost to do the upgrade?

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    I am so excited for you :mrgreen: Can't wait for you to get it home so you can play with it :thumbup:

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    Congrats on the new machine. I have a Artista 730E. I agree you shouldn't buy a lot of thread before hand. Mine doesn't like the rayon but does wonderfully with the poly thread. I bought some from abc all embroidery. I also got stabilizer on ebay from worldweidnerco Works for me.

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    Congratulations on your Bernina. A great price! When I bought my emb. machine the dealer said to use Isacord embroidery thread. It is a polyester thread, and holds up well for items that get washed like quilts. My 180E only likes 100%cotton in the bobbin thread when I'm embroidering. My dealer also suggested having 2 bobbins, one for sewing, one for embroidering, they usually will be adjusted differently. And don't forget, you will need embroidery needles.
    You don't know what color emb. thread to buy until you buy your designs. The designs will have a list of colors you will need for each design. You can build on your collection as you go. Its a good idea to buy a storage system for your thread. I have a June Taylor rack hanging on the wall next to my machine for easy access. Of course theres stabilizer, 505 adhesive spray. Have fun. :thumbup:

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    Yes, fell in love. I do trust the owner of this shop and he said it was extremely clean and sold last year for 3800, so I felt it was worth the money. As far as the update I have no idea, didn't know to ask. It is coming with software. The shop is giving me free lessons until I feel comfortable with the machine.

    If anyone knows how to go about updating this machine, or if it is even possible, please let me know. My MIL loves thread and told me not to buy any as she can spare a few of her 800 spools!!! (Sounds like she has her own kind of stash!)

    Will check out yahoo group. Thanks!

    I may have to find a way to pay this off more quickly than planned... I am so excited!

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    Congrats on your new baby. I can't wait til you bring her home. Send us pics then.

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    Congratulations! I am so excited & happy for you. I know you will just love this machine.

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    I just got a Bernina 180E and haven't explored too much on it, but I already love it. I paid a little more for mine and it's a lesser model, so I'd say you got a great price!

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    Congrats on the new machine!

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    Congrats! I have the 730E and love it. Actually, if you don't intend to create your own designs from scratch, you shouldn't need any additional software, it comes with the machine. I have downloaded literally hundreds of free designs, and have purchased a lot at a great price from designsbysick.com

    Enjoy your new baby! I never thought I would use an embroidery machine and just can't get enough of mine.

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    This is way beyond my scope, but have fun with it!

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    O I know how you feel my husband and I went to the store the other day and he was so disapointed that he could not buy me a new sewing machine that day. He said he would buy me one in July. He is such a great husband, a definet keeper. Please post pics so we can drool over it with you. I bet it feels like you are getting ready for Christmas !!!!!!

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    has anyone tried the metro embroidery thread?

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    Oh Happy Day! I bought the same machine a few years ago and paid...well....MUCH more than that! You will love it...I do!

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    How exciting!

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    i bought the container of ISACORD at a bernina class . That is the way to go.. Has all colors of thread and i just pick out what i need for the project i am doing. a great deal. love my 440 QE with embroidery module. what a fun time i have.

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