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Old 11-16-2017, 06:30 PM
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I've never been interested in Berninas but I think if I ran across one of the gorgeous green 117s I'd have to have it.

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Cari, I had no idea they even existed until I saw it at an eatate sale auction. My husband said go for it when I would have dropped out of the bidding. I paid more for it than I have paid for any of my other vintage machines. Worth every penny. Have had a couple of offers for it but its not for sale. Had a Bernina shop owner want to give it a thorough going over for me but I declined that too. Worried her motives/heart weren't pure.
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:43 PM
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I have a 206. I think it is a very nice machine. You will need to change the bobbin from below. It is easier anyway.
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:22 PM
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While I don't own a 206 (yet), I have come across a lot of information concerning the 206. The 206 is a design licensed by Singer from Pfaff in the 1930s, with the stipulation that it not be identical to Pfaffs machine. (We're more than likely talking about the Pfaff 130 here) It's thought this is why Singer basically ground a flat edge on an industrial needle and called it 206x13. A 1962 lawsuit bought by the United States against Singer gives us the info that the 206 was developed in 1934 and manufactured at Wittenberge in Germany until "the opening of WWII."

The suit also states that since the end of the war, the 206 has been produced at Kilbowie in Scotland in several models, and that the 206 was first imported and sold in the United States in 1951.

I was stunned to find out that the first 206 models featured the funky Pfaff mechanism. I thought that would be an easy delineation between German and British produced models. But it looks like the bakelight faced bight control, as used later on the 306s and 319s, was introduced AFTER the machine was being sold in the US. So, for you 206 owners out there, do the following assumptions make sense to you?:

1.) German produced 206s are cast iron, and heavy and use the funky Pfaff bight control exclusively. Produced only until the onset of WWII.

2.) British produced 206s are aluminum, but can carry either the funky Pfaff bight control OR the later Singer designed bakelight control.

3.) There are industrial model 206s as well, produced after WWII at Kilbowie.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:06 AM
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I have a 206, 306, and 319. Love them once you figure them out. Only thing I don't like is changing the bobbin.
Make sure you only use 206X13 needles and 206 bobbins. They are unique. I also have a Pfaff 130 and love it.
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Old 12-05-2018, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
I've never been interested in Berninas but I think if I ran across one of the gorgeous green 117s I'd have to have it.

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I'd definitely buy it just for the color.
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I have two and one is aluminum. One has had a lot of hard use.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:56 PM
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My needle wonít stay in the centre position and the vibration of sewing straight stitch makes the night control change so itís starting to zig zag. How do I stop that? Is it an easy fix?
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Old 07-10-2019, 04:16 PM
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Did you tighten the screw thingy?
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