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Thread: Trade-in my Bernina??

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    I have been looking at the new top of the line Bernina but it is so expensive. Would you trade in a Bernina 440 with embroid. module for a different brand of machine that would have the same features as the top Bernina and more economical?? If you have done that, what machine did you change to and are you happier with that one? Thank you for your comments!

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    If I could afford it I would trade my 440 in on it.. or better yet sell my 440 outright. probably get more for it that way. My friend bought the new 830 about 6 months ago and has yet to unpack the embroidery module and has only sewn on it once.... :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: She has other things to do I guess, Good luck on your decision.

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    I have a Bernina 830 & a Pfaff Creative vision. They do about the same thing, but the Pfaff was less expensive. The new TOL PFaff is the Creative Sensation. I also understand Brother makes a good model. I use the 830 as my primary machine & the Creative Vision is a backup. Shop around, you never know what you'll find.
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    I would but Im not a bernina fanatic. If it were me I would go babylock or janome if I was trading in.

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    The new TOL Janome was just unveiled at $9,999 so it is fairly close to the Bernina; however, I would take any Janome over Bernina any day even if it were more expensive! But because when I had a windfall a year ago and Janome did not have what I wanted, I bought and fell in love with the Babylock Ellisimo! It is an incredible machine. Now it is similar to the Brother Quattro so if you prefer Brother, I would look at that. As to whether to trade in the 440, well, how much do you like/hate the machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gayle
    I have been looking at the new top of the line Bernina but it is so expensive. Would you trade in a Bernina 440 with embroid. module for a different brand of machine that would have the same features as the top Bernina and more economical?? If you have done that, what machine did you change to and are you happier with that one? Thank you for your comments!
    Well, I have Vikings, the Diamond on down. I haven't traded any in. I like having multiple machines so I can do several things at one time. I use the old Designer I for my basic sewing and the Diamond for strictly embroidery. The Topaz has the same 10" throat as the Diamond so I use that for my quilting projects. Check your dealer for floor models or trade-ins, you can get some great deals that way, and dealers always have the trade-ins serviced to perfection (at least Viking does).

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    Choosing a machine is a personal decision. Investigate all machines. Make your pro's and con's list. Then decide. It all depends on what you want the machine to do for you and how you use it. You will probably get a better trade in value from a Bernina dealer because you have a Bernina. I have had Pfaff, Viking, Janome, and Bernina machines. All were excellent machines.

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    You might want to look a Elna. They have a new machine out that I have saw at the dealers bu have not played with it yet.

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    If you love your machine, keep it.

    I used to work as an engineer in an equipment industry (not sewing!). I have tested "new, improved" products and they are not always improved, if you know what I mean. I have found this to be true for sewing also - I have an expensive-ish Viking machine and a vintage Singer 15-91. I do my piecing on the Singer, as it has a much much better straight stitch. I am keeping the Viking for its fancy stitches... but when I sew with Viking on the frame, I find myself wishing for something with better tension regulation for FMQ.

    If you re-sell the Bernina, you will get a depreciated price for it. Just like selling a used car, except maybe more depreciation. How long will replacement machine last? If the electronics fail in 5 years will it be repairable? I am all for keeping what works.

    If you want more (larger?) embroidery functions, maybe sell your embroidery module and buy a newer, bigger embroidery machine. (non Bernina to reduce the total cost)

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    Only you know how much u like your sewing machine! Before you trade it in, make sure it's waht you really want!!Don't have regrets!!

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    I know alot of people who had big ideas when they bought "top of the line" machines.... and years later little has happened in the way of projects.
    First question can you really afford it? Is it a want or need? How much will you really use the new features? What does the machine do that you can not do now , and how much of that will you be doing?
    Truth be told I have a few machines and 99 percent of the time I am sewing straight stiches.

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    Personnaly, I would keep my Bernina 440 and use it as a back up machine or a second machine.

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    What are you wanting that your 440 doesn't have? What do you like/dislike about your 440? I have several machines, including a 440. To me, the only things I wanted that the 440 didn't have were 1) a huge harp, 2) built-in walking foot like on my Pfaffs and Baby Lock Quest Plus, and 3) wide decorative stitches (less important, because I have them on my Quest Plus and a Pfaff). I looked at the Janome Horizon and sit down mid arms. But I'm spoiled by the precision and power of my Berninas. No extra stitch or two when stopping or reversing. No wonky feeding at the end of a seam. No trouble going over thicknesses-some Janomes and others have trouble going over patchwork seams in quilting cottons, let alone hemming jeans. I'm not dissing Janome, it's a good brand, but there's a discussion of this on PatternReview.com right now. I ended up with the new Bernina 820, their top-of-the-line sewing only machine, like the 830 with no embroidery capability, smaller (but still huge) touchscreen, no multidirectional stitches, and fewer (but still hundreds of) stitches. It's more than I ever thought I'd spend on a sewing machine, and totally worth it, for me. It has a 12" harp, built-in dual feed (better than on my Pfaff and adjustable), a 40% larger bobbin, all kinds of options and adjustments on every stitch, and that trademark Bernina power and precision. I can put it on a frame if I want. On October 22, they have interest-free financing for 40 months. The machine alone (no frame) has been $6299-6499. BTW, I kept my 440, it's better at narrow seam allowances, though just today, I was reading about an 830 user who makes 1/4" finished squares from HSTs. The 820 is heavy, so the 440 went to FMQ class with me. Any option you consider, test drive it with your fabrics, threads, and tasks, especially the tricky ones (metallic threads, flimsy fabrics, 1/8" seams, thick seams, curves, whatever). The only thing I'd trade in my 440 for would be a 630 or 635-another 5.5mm stitch width Bernina. Now to each her own, this is just my take as a 440 owner and quilter. Just don't let that 440 go until you are SURE that you have a replacement you love. It's been discontinued, replaced by the 550, which doesn't take the embroidery module. And the clearance prices weren't very much lower than the prices in the several months preceding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdufur
    Personnaly, I would keep my Bernina 440 and use it as a back up machine or a second machine.
    Ditto.

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    Ah, Candace...wise, timely, and succinct! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    Ah, Candace...wise, timely, and succinct! :)
    :>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by cdufur
    Personnaly, I would keep my Bernina 440 and use it as a back up machine or a second machine.
    Ditto.
    Double Ditto.

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    I agree with Candace. I have two Bernina's. One is nearly 40 years old and I bought it new, and one I found at a yard sale, but still a very good machine. I would not get rid of either.

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    Last year I upgraded my embroidery machine and though I didn't trade it in, I do wish I would have kept it. You'd be surprised how much you can do on two machines!

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    Gran of 6, I want to come play at your house. I can only dream of having a new Viking. I have two older ones and the Diamond is my ultimate dream but I would take any of the other ones you have. Maybe someday!

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    I was a die hard Bernina user after Singers and Kenmores. Then Bernina began changing every year. The changes were not always so good. Also, you couldn't use the accessories on the newer machines. Then the prices went sky high. I switched to Janome and will never go back to Bernina.

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    no. I love my 440 and it serves my purpose. I make all sorts of things as well as quilts. If it was to go bad I would have it fixed why trade off something because the company makes something else bigger and better. Burnina will always be making more machines bigger and better, they are not going to stop at the 830 or 840 they will continue to grow as that is what business' do. I guess I am old fashion I like what I have and try to keep it as long as I can. But if you are not happy with the machine then trade, if it is not doing what you want it to do then trade, If you can afford it trade that is where I stand. Can't shoot me for thinking...

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    I cannot afford these more expensive machines myself. I have been looking at the Janome DC1050 and the 8077. IF you have to choose between the two of them, which one would you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl
    I would but Im not a bernina fanatic. If it were me I would go babylock or janome if I was trading in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mar32428
    I was a die hard Bernina user after Singers and Kenmores. Then Bernina began changing every year. The changes were not always so good. Also, you couldn't use the accessories on the newer machines. Then the prices went sky high. I switched to Janome and will never go back to Bernina.
    Ditto. I loved Berninas. I kept all my old machines and bought a Janome Horizon for the larger harp area. It's only a sewing machine and I felt the cost of Berninas were not worth it anymore. I'm glad I kept the old ones though, one mechanical and one computerized. I'm happy with the Janome and it has just as much power and precision as any Bernina.

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    I have the machine you are talking about and would not trade it in.

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