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Thread: Santa please send me a Bernina Embroidery Machine

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    Senior Member Missi's Avatar
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    So I am asking - ok begging Santa to bring me a Bernina Embroidery Machine and Santa keeps asking me questions. I have done some reading out there but it is hard to find info on Berninas. What do I need, what can't I live without. I know I want the BSR besides that I am not sure.
    There are quite a few one ebay right now but I am unsure about getting such an expensive and complicated machine from there. Anyone else bought an embroidery machine from ebay? How hard are they to learn to use? Please can you all give me your input, experiences, any info I should pass along to Santa.
    Thanks!!!!!!!

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    I have the Bernina 640 with embroidery and love it. I wouldn't buy 2nd hand off of ebay. They just had to replace my LCD screen which would have been expensive if it wasn't under warranty so that's why I would be direct from a Bernina dealer. They usually offer free classes to learn as well.

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    Have you looked at Pfaff
    They have IDT and I love it!!!
    Kirsten

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    I will take either a bernina or pfaff, so if santa gives you 2, send the other one to me!!

    Loretta has a Pfaff and I know she loves it!!!

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    Do not by a Bernina second hand for one reason only...when something breaks..because it will...they can be very expensive to fix. I inherited mine and the emb module went bad very soon after. My machine was only 1.5 yrs old and hardly used. The lady decided the machine was too much machine for what she does and traded it in for a lesser model. I did not have the warranty..cost me $450 to replace. Also my delaer in tow provide all servicing/upgrades for no charge when purchasing a machine. It costs me $75 everytime it needs its annual service. Being it's computerized, you don't want to let the annual servicing go by the wayside. I say..buy new. The classes are free..and you'll need them along with the warranties and other perks your dealere gives you. Unfortunately, the sam guy owns all 3 bernina stores ina 200 mile radius..so I can't even try for a cheaper deal with someone else. I have a 180E, and my mom has the 200E, along with the quilting machine and a serger. I love my "Berni" but sure wish I had the warranties and classes. I've had my machine for 6 years and couldn't tell you all this machine can do or how to do it. I still don't know what half the buttons on the screen are for!! Hope santa brings you what you want. Go to the dealer and try one on and see what you think.

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    I have the Bernina 730E and I love it. Just before the end of the second year, it ceased up and had to be sent to the UK for repair, as our Dublin 'dealer' is way past his sell by date, and couldn't put it right. It was under guarantee (three years) so no problems there. I didn't have it serviced until year three, because that was when it told me to, and then I took it to Northern Ireland (to avoid Dublin again). The only thing I could suggest to tell Santa, is to be sure that, if buying secondhand, be sure to get the Blue dongle (security device) otherwise the embroidery software won't work.

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    Buy from a dealer check and see they may have a trade in. Do not buy such an expensive machine from Ebay. Better to have a instructor and place to take your machine..Dealers need to be certified before they sell any machines. The y go to the Bernina school and are properly trained to teach you how to use your machine. I use to work in a quilt shop and my bossand her mom were certified dealers. Best route. Bernina has a credit card that one can apply for. Just a thought!!!! :wink: :D

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    Lesley - can I ask why you went with the 730E over the 640E? I see that the BSR is standard with the 730 but an option on any of the 600 series and there are a few other things that are options versus standard. The 730 also has more built in stitches am I correct there? Thanks for you help and input!!!!

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    I have a Bernina Deco 650. It only sews out a 4 inch motif but uses the pes. format type of patterns. They are the ones also sold by many other machine dealers and Nancy's Notions, Martha Stewart etc. The Brother company had the original patten on the embroidery machine so the Deco 350 and 600 are basically Brother machines and use the same software. They probably don't sell them new anymore but a dealer might have a used one that they would warrenty. I like it because all it does is embroidry. I don't like the combination machines. I have the Deco, a serger and a Bernina 1260. I can use all three sewing machines on the same project at the same time without having to change feet, plates or thread. I found out that I can not use a stitch regulator because I move to fast. My idenity as mpspeedy is my personality in everything. My Bernia dealer had the new $12,000 top of the line machine set up in her shop. She wanted me to try it on the longarm frame. They laughed at me because I kept getting ahead of the stitch regulator. Years ago I worked for her. She sells Berninas but makes her bread and butter doing alterations and custom dressmaking. She used to walk past me at my machine and push the half speed button. I have always sewed to fast.
    I have a fortune tied up in embroidery software. Make sure the machine you choose is one that can accept the most different formats.

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    I have a Bernina 630e that I bought on e-bay not quite three years ago. It came in perfect running condition with very little time on the sewing and no embroidery time. It came with the BSR foot. It has been an absolutely wonderful sewing machine. When I first won it, I was scared to death!!! I had no idea what condition it would be in or anything. No, I don't have a warranty, It has had 3 cleanings (I have a lot of mileage on there now) each time it ran about $85 and they also updated the software each cleaning.
    What I am not happy with is the embroidery software that I got with it is old (which buying used, duh!) (editor lite ver 4) and it was too out of date to be able to take a class to learn how to use it. I have not figured it out yet. Wish I had someone to just show me!!! I have used the em unit for my quilt labels but hope to someday figure out how to do more

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    I have had lots of luck buying many things on Ebay but when I wanted to invest in a much better machine I went to my LQS. I found a Pfaff I love and being it was last years model I got a great price. This way if there are any problems someone is right here to help me. Free lessons and all are a bonus. Also her husband is the person who does all repairs and warranty work so I have someone local for that too.

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    I have a Viking Designer 1 Embroidery machine and love it. Bought it from a dealer. Good choice as I can get help when I need it. I would never buy a machine without warranty.

    I just sold my Viking 6570on craigslistt. There you can look at

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    I purchased a Babylock on E-Bay. It was brand new. The lady had purchased two of them and apparently thought she could do commercial embroidery with them and was disappointed when that was not the case. Her dealer would not take them back. One had been used very little and the other not at all. I got the new one. All attachments were still sealed in plastic and the machine had never been unpacked from its original case. I knew the warrantly would not be any good but haven't had any problems with it. I also purchased separately the instruction manual and that has been a tremendous help. Also purchased additional 15" X 15" hoop and electronics so I can do jacket backs. It's a wonderful combination. I have also purchased Singer Featherweights and other machiines off E-Bay and most were carefully packed and exactly as the seller described.

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    If you are thinking aobut buying a used machine check out the SewItsForSale group on Yahoo. I have not bought a machine there, but have gotten several other things and every deal has worked out well. You can put out an In Search Of notice and folks will come to you with their offers.

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    They have already suggested it but I would find a Bernia or what ever machine you would like and look for a used one with them. I got my Brother ULT used came with training and a 1 year warranty plus they said if I want to up grade I'll get what I paid for it. That is the only way I would buy a machine is with a dealer, besides they can stear you towards the right one, since they know how it was used and taken care of (for the most part). Good luck and enjoy.

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    Sorry, I only do hand embroidery, but I sure hope Santa gives you one. FINGERS CROSSED

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    I agree with the others in that you do not want to buy a Bernina on Ebay. Buy your machine locally (as close as possible) from an authorized dealer. I had a 730 and recently traded for the new 830. I do a lot a machine embroidery. Whatever you get you will probably want to take some classes to learn what all your machine can do, and you can't get that if you buy on Ebay. My dealer gives free unlimited classes if you buy your machine from her, and she has some great used machines at good prices too. Bernina is running a holiday special now through January 4th I think. If you purchase $1000 or more on your Bernina credit card (get it from your dealer), they offer 18 months of no interest financing. They don't list pricing, but you can get a lot of info on www.berninausa.com. Good luck on your decision!

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    I agree with the others. Don't buy something this expensive on Ebay. I got a used 440QE from the nearest Bernina dealer in July for about 1/2 the price of a new one and it came with the BSR. It is about 5 years old and I got the remainder of the 20 year warranty with it. I loved it so much, I went back 3 weeks later and got the embroidery module. The dealer didn't have any used emb. mod. but gave me a great deal on a new one. I am in love. I have just learned to make free standing lace and have made some beautiful snowflakes for my tree. Also have made organza pointsettias and have used embroidery designs to decorate a cosmetic bag and pencil case for my daughter.

    Oh, my dealer offered free classes for my machine and emb module, which I took and felt very helpful. He also invites you to come, sit down and play with the machines on display. I strongly suggest you do that....sit down and use the machine yourself before making your decision.

    Hope Santa is good to you.

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    Thank You!!!!!!!!! Everyone's advice has been soooo helpful!

    Maybe I can talk Santa into going to the Bernina shop on Black Friday :) Think they have a door buster deal at 5am?

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    I think they have a huge sale going on right now. Tossed my flyer so. I know it started on November 19th. Call your shop and find it. Santa always likes it when people keep him informed on sales.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Missi
    Thank You!!!!!!!!! Everyone's advice has been soooo helpful!

    Maybe I can talk Santa into going to the Bernina shop on Black Friday :) Think they have a door buster deal at 5am?
    Check it out first. Our dealer is closed Thursday and Black Friday. But I know they have great sales going on.

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    Bernina is having a special St. Nicholas Day Celebration Sale on December 5th only, but I like someone else, threw my flyer away since I don't need to buy another machine.

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    I bought my Janome 300E used off of an ebay add but from a local person who dropped it off and it is working fine and I am very happy with the $600 I saved. I have since talked to other home embroidery people and find that many of them would like to upgrade their machine to a new model but the dealer either won't take a trade in or the trade in offer is too low. You may want to check with your local dealer if they know of anyone interested in selling a machine or if there is a local embroidery group, get the word out that you are looking.

    Craigslist could be an option to look for people who are interested in selling their machine, which you could then see and try out locally and not blindly over the internet. You could also consider what we do with used car purchases, take it into a technicial to get it cheaned and serviced to have them kick the tires to see if it is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missi
    Lesley - can I ask why you went with the 730E over the 640E? I see that the BSR is standard with the 730 but an option on any of the 600 series and there are a few other things that are options versus standard. The 730 also has more built in stitches am I correct there? Thanks for you help and input!!!!
    Sorry to be so long getting back to you. Yes, the 730 has a lot more stitches on it, and a MUCH bigger screen. Since this was my first computerised machine, and I had just retired, I pushed the boat out and went for all the bells and whistles. The 730 came with the embroidery module here, whereas with the 640 that wasn't standard, you had to buy it as an extra. I know this as a friend and I went to Dublin together. I got mine, and she bought the 640 without the emb. module. She wishes now that she had paid the extra and got it, as she has seen everything I do on mine, but she had an emb. module with her older Bernina, and had never taken it out of the box!

    I figured that I was only ever going to be able to buy the one more sewing machine, so went right to the top - this one will have to last me for as long as I can keep sewing, as far as I am concerned. The dealer wouldn't take my old Bernina 1260 in part exchange, so I kept it, and use it about half the time. If I only want to piece a few things, the older machine gets used, partly because I don't have to wait for it to boot up. The newer machine gets used all the time for the BSR and embroidery, plus piecing if I am in the mood. I have both set up ready to go, one in a Horn cabinet, the other in a SewEzi table - Bliss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanagan
    I have the Bernina 640 with embroidery and love it. I wouldn't buy 2nd hand off of ebay. They just had to replace my LCD screen which would have been expensive if it wasn't under warranty so that's why I would be direct from a Bernina dealer. They usually offer free classes to learn as well.
    Me too! I agree, buy from a dealer not ebay!

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