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Thread: Your Favorite Older Bernina Model?

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    Your Favorite Older Bernina Model?

    Hi I'm currently happy quilting on my Viking but definitely want to add a USED Bernina to my stable in the future. I wouldn't buy brand new but would like a used but computerized model. I don't go to classes and BSR is not a must-have (unless you convince me otherwise!!). I really just want the even straight stitches that Berninas are known for. I come across Berninas posted for sale on Craigslist and wonder if there is a model I should wait for and purchase when the opportunity arises either from a dealer or on craigslist. The question is, which model? Virtuosa? Artista? Aurora? Just as a realistic, current example- my local craigslist has three separate listings- a 440QE ($1400), a Virtuosa 153($600) and a 1230 in cabinet($700)? The range of prices and the pros and cons of newer vs older make it quite difficult to decide and its difficult to test them out side by side so I would love your testimonials! Do you have a former Bernina model you still use and love and would recommend?

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    I love my 1630. It was (I think) B's first really computerized. And oz for oz it is the prettiest sewing machine ever to roll out of a factory. Sews like a dream. It has cams you can get, and you can program your own, but I never got into that. It just sews. Clothes, drapes, tableware, oh yeah, quilts, too. A+++

    Have fun looking.

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    I have a Bernina 1530 from 1992 and it's great to sew with. Mine is second hand (free from a friend that inherited and doesn't sew) and I didn't get all the special feet for it but I have been able to find feet for it at my dealer and on ebay. I even got an acrylic extension table for it. A great machine.

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    I have a Bernina Virtuousa 150/1999, and an embroidery machine Bernina Artista 180/1998.
    I wouldn't trade either of my machines. I love the 150 for piecing, and I have the 180 for embroidery.
    Glad you are looking at the Bernina machines, they are wonderful machines and have a life of 50 years,
    so they are good machines to have.

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    I bought my Bernina 440QE new about 7 or 8 years ago. It is the second machine in my life that I bought new. I love it and it is my "go to" machine. I rely on the needle down function, the needle up/down with a tap on the foot pedal. The walking foot is great quality (I was burning through generic walking feet on my White machine). At first I didn't like the BSR since I was pretty good at free motion without using it. But, now that I've adjusted to it I would not consider not using it for free motion. The needle threader works flawlessly. Nothing has gone wrong with my machine and I have never had it serviced (GASP!). I just clean the bobbin area well with each bobbin change and clean the feed dog area nearly as frequently.
    I also have a computerized 1630 which I bought used. Although it is a great machine I prefer some of the modern conveniences with the 440QE. And, I have a mechanical 730 that is great, but again, I am really liking the modern features of the 440QE and use that for most of my sewing.
    I would not consider getting rid of any of my Bernina's!
    PS: I bought the mechanical 830 for my daughter who never cared for sewing on my White machine. She loves it and uses it for home dec projects all of the time. It is easy for her to use and is trouble free.

    Please let us know what you end up buying! I don't think you can go wrong with any of the older Bernina models.

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    I love my 1630 (The Diva) and if I ever find one at a resonable price wiould like to have an 830 also....a friend has one and it is a joy to sew with.

    I am whispering because my oldest love is my Singer 301A and I would never want this trusted friend to have hurt feelings

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    My oldest Bernina is my trusty 830 Bernina Record with the red hard plastic case. I bought it brand new in the 70s. About three years back I bought a 2004 Bernina Artista 200 embroidery, computerized machine. They both are wonderful. My favorite thing on the Artista is that I can set the needle to always stop in the down position. Also, I can set different speeds for FMQ. The Artista I bought off of craigslist.

    [You can't go wrong with Singer 301 or a FW for straight stitching though. All of mine are off Craigslist.]

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    Personally, I love the 800 series. My 830 Record which I got recently used makes THE nicest stitches. Never have a problem with tension either. It is rock solid dependable. Once I had the 830 for a while, I started to long for a more portable version. That's when I got an 801 Sport. It's just as reliable but with a handle, it's much easier on the back. think it's much better than a FW -- for less money. I won't ever be without a Bernina.
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    I have an oldie but goodie...the 1008...she has a beautiful stitch and has served me well for about fifteen-seventeen years. However, she got sick a year ago or so, so she is now my backup machine but still gets a workout now and then. Good luck in the hunt!
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    I have the 830. It is probably the top sought after vintage machine and can easily cost $800 used.
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    I have a Bernina 1090 and I love it! Total workhorse and I have never had a single problem in the 18 years I have owned it. The last time I took it in for its "annual exam" the owner of the shop (who sells Beninas) told me to never let anyone talk me into trading it in.
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    I have Bernina 150, I paid $500 from a Guild member.
    I love it.
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    I've had a 440QEE for 6 years and I love it. I am the second owner and it was only a year old at the time. I got a great price and a bunch of extras. It has never given me a moments trouble. Needle stop down and needle threader are two of my favorite features. The BSR works great too. My backup Bernina is a mechanical/electronic 910. A simpler sibling of the magnificent 930, it has no decorative stitches but otherwise the same Bernina performance and quality. Bernina introduced the needle up/down during the early 80s. My 910 does have it, once I got the correct foot control for it.
    Last edited by Skyangel; 11-11-2012 at 04:14 PM.

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    I have a BErnina 630. It sews nice stitches but it is very heavy- and it was a 1964 model.

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    My first bernina machine was the record 830. I used that machine for many years without one problem with it. I did buy every foot available for it and used everyone of them at one time or another. Wonderful machine! I gave it to my sister when she asked for it. I had bought the artista 180 with an upgraded program that made it the 200. Then when my friend passed away, her daughter sold me her new auroa 440QEE with the stitch regulator and lots of extra feet for 2,000 dollars.

    All of these machines are wonderful and each has features I like. THe 180 has a touch screen for the computer that is very handy and takes a little embroidery cartrage that fits into the front of the embroidery module. Whereas the aurora is an interaction between the lap top computer and the sewing machine. These are both great, but, I like the cartrages for the ease of use. I am not sure, but, there was some talk about the cartrages being fazed out. So, you would have to buy used or check at ebay for those. I bought all that I wanted and then got a majic box converter to make my own.

    It is the programs that are in the machines that make the big difference in the computerized machines. Some are able to do more editing than others. There are upgrades available, but I am not sure if they are still offering them. You would have to check with your dealer (serviceman) to see what is available now. It is a bit limiting to buy the older embroidery bernina's. But, if you can find a source for your design programs, It shouldn't matter as far as the age of the machine.

    I still miss my record 830 I had used that machine so many years I could make it do most anything I wanted to do on it. There was many built in embroideries that you could sew in a row which I liked.

    Each machine takes different bobbins than the other, so be aware of that. The newer machines I have both can use the same feet.

    I would make sure someone took good care of whichever machine you buy. I think that is the most important factor.

    If you want any more info on any of the machines I own, just pm me.

    Bernina's are great machines and I hope you find one you are able to pick up reasonably.
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    The Bernina 440 QEE should come with the BSR and the embroidery unit. Grab it. That's a deal!

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    I've had several older Berninas that are wonderful machines. 730,807 minimatic,930,1031,1130 and a Virtuosa 150. I still own the 930 and 1031, the others have all been sold to thin the herd. Only the 1130 and 150 are computerized, the others are mechanicals.
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    You cannot go wrong with a Berina. I have a 200, a 160, 153, and a 930. I love them all but I think the 930 is my new favorite and it is the oldest.

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    I have a Virtuosa 155 that I purchased used for $1600 7 years ago. It is a great machine and I have been really pleased with its stitch quality. I hope you find the perfect Bernina to add to your collection.

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    I have a 1260 that is from around 1990 that I LOVE. I use it alot to do FMQ.

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    I inherited a 1090 from my late MIL and I love it. Would not trade it for anything else. It is a true workhorse and beit gets a workout! I just take it to my trusty dealer for servicing once a year. You cannot go wrong with a Bernina! Good luck in your hunt...
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    I have a 1090QE from 1996 and wouldn't trade it for the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tttdoc View Post
    I have a Bernina 1090 and I love it! Total workhorse and I have never had a single problem in the 18 years I have owned it. The last time I took it in for its "annual exam" the owner of the shop (who sells Beninas) told me to never let anyone talk me into trading it in.

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    I LOVE my Bernina 830 record. That will never part with me.......EVER!!!!

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    I have 2 Bernina 1090's I bought brand new in the early '90's and wouldn't trade them for the world. Also picked up a Janome 1000 HD that "acts" very much like my Berninas except for the needle down option.

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