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Thread: Used Bernina 440 QE with BSR or Bernina 530 without?

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    Used Bernina 440 QE with BSR or Bernina 530 without?

    I am so confused! In addition to garment sewing (handbags-some in leather) I do mostly free motion quilted wall pieces. The 440QE comes with the stitch regulator which I am lusting after since I do alot of intricate stitching plus other accessories from a previous owner for $1,500. The 530 is newer has no stitch regulator and is selling new from a dealer in the pretty much the same location-two hours from me for $1,999. The BSR will add several hundred $$ to that price. Or they have a used 730 (no warranty from that dealer) with BSR for $2,200.
    I have been looking at the features on the web site but honestly I I can't get a clear idea of the differences. The 440 has less than 100 sewing hours and I have seen the most recent service record.
    The machine I am using now is a Pfaff Performance 5.0 so it is not that old but unfortunately the stitch quality on light weight leather is so poor and so has much trouble even seaming leather I can't trust it. I tried a 560 with no alterations at another dealer and the stitches on my practice leather handle made me want to refinance my house!

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    Super Member IrishNY's Avatar
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    was Upstate NY, now Winston-Salem NC
    The 730 was discontinued a few years ago so getting parts will become harder. It does have a larger space to the right of the needle (I think it may be 10"). The 440 only has 7.5" to the right so it is a tighter squeeze for FMQ. I have a 740 with BSR. I'm not a mad fan of the BSR. I feel like I do better when I FMQ without it. It just takes more practice.

    Berninas are wonderful machines. I've had three and the stitch quality can't be beat. Good luck with your decision!
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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    I have the 440 and used the BSR until I got a longarm. I loved it. But I don't know anything about the 530, and I haven't tried sewing through leather with the 440. Would a vintage machine be better for that purpose? Some of them were made for tougher jobs like that.

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    Super Member QuiltingNinaSue's Avatar
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    Hartford, Mo
    If you are sewing leather, you might want to consider an industrial straight sewing machine that is made for sewing leather. . Or eight layers of denim I have heard the Janome has a machine for that. I have a 550 Bernina and dh uses that to make his kilts more than I use it to sew on. I do not quilt my quilt tops or blocks...maybe some day. I still use my 1530 inspire Bernina because I love it. (It was acquired new in 1999 and is still going!)

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    Super Member sewingsuz's Avatar
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    I have the 440 with the BSR and it is a great machine. I went to a Bernina shop last summer because of some water that dripped from the ceiling into my machine. It was making a funny noise. When I got to the dealer it had dried out and no more noise. The dealer told me it was a great machine.
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    Super Member Cam's gram's Avatar
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    Mid Michigan
    I have a 440QE and when a service tech was at my house for a service call on my longarm he asked me how I like the 440QE. Told him I loved it. He said their store use to sell Berninas and they thought the 440QE was one of the best machines Bernina ever made. Don't know anything about the 530.

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