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If you are going to get one Bernina, what model do you prefer?
thank you



Re: What Bernina model do you prefer?
If you can find a kindly treated used one, I'd vote for the Bernina 1230.
She's a very easy to learn and use lovely SM.  Right beside her on the list
would be the 155.  The models that are newer and have the ability to
embroider 'on their own' and the BSR stitching don't tempt me. If I wanted
the latest and greatest in computer embroidery, I would buy an embroidery
machine and probably it would be the Babylock something. If I wanted my
stitches regulated, I would get a Pfaff.  There.  I just waved a red cape at
the other Bernina fans here.  Polly

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Asking what model one prefers is like asking what is your fav underwear.
It's very much a personal choice. Go test drive as many as you can and
get the features you want and can afford. Do ask about used models/trade
ins. Don't be afraid to try something besides a Bernina. I went for a
Bernina 90% because of the shop. It was my LQS of preference at the time
I was shopping for a sewing machine, and I am still very happy with the
shop and glad I gave them my business. The month after I bought the
Bernina 630, another LQS opened that had Vikings, and I do actually wish
I had gotten one of those instead- or at least the opportunity to test
drive a Viking.

I have a Bernette 85 that I'm happy with. I bought a 630 thanks to
Gram's inheritance for the embroidery and the full embroidery software
package. I didn't want a BSR, so I didn't get one.

-georg

Re: What Bernina model do you prefer?
If you are just going to piece and quilt look for a 153QE.  It has an
absolutely lovely stitch. I did not want the BSR because you would still
have to push that huge quilt throught the harp.   It also does some
decorative stitches too.  If you want to do embroidery the 200E does it all
and hooks up to the PC for editing and creating embroidery designs.  I also
have a Brother 2003ULT for my back up machine.  It is reliable and does
wonderful decorative stitches and nice embroidery. Really, it all comes down
to your budget.  There are lots of great machines out there.

JMHO.  Linda in Tx



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LOL! Since i recently bought a 630, that's an easy question for me to
answer. <G> I have "only" one Bernina, and I wasn't interested in the
wider feed dogs or the embroidery option, though I did also get the BSR
and am enjoying that. But this is all my personal opinion -- you should
test drive as many models as you can, ask lots of questions and go to
the LQS armed with a list of the features you think are essentials. Best
of luck!
--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
my ISP is earthlink.net -- put sfoster1(at) in front
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gest.nuria.telefonica-data.net:

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As you've read this is all personal choice, so here's my experience.

First I bought a 155 which I never really bonded with. So I traded it in
(after only 10months and very little use) for an Aurora 440QE & I have to
say it's LOVE!! I love it!

Good luck with your choice!
  

Re: What Bernina model do you prefer?
I'm very satisfied with my 153 QE. I think it makes a good balance
price/performance
ciao

marina in Rome (Italy)
http://community.webshots.com/user/kometamarina


carmen ha scritto:

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Re: What Bernina model do you prefer?
My first reaction is, "The one which is working"--I now have 2, because when
our German Shepherd was a puppy, she pulled my trusty 1000 OFF the credenza,
which sent it to the dr. for a week during my vacation. So DH (very D) said,
"Buy another so you'll have a backup." So I now have two 1000's--the newer
may be 1l00, come to think of it, bought 'em about 8 years apart but they
are about $750 and as simple as the good Bernies come, meaning, no special
extras--no parts to break which I wouldn't use anyway. No computers! I love
'em. Goes forward and backward, has some fancier stitches which I've never
used and a built-in buttonholer, which I like a lot. I machine piece,
machine quilt and sew a few clothes. Enough metal in 'em to not be knocked
over by a king-size quilt.

Enjoy your shopping!

Dogmom
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Re: What Bernina model do you prefer?
I have the 730 Bernina and a Viking II and I love both. Go test drive both
and see what you like and can afford.

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Re: What Bernina model do you prefer?
Thank you all for your comments!
I want to piece and quilt with it but I don't need a lot of sewing.
Carmen

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carmen wrote:

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I shall be buying mine in the next week or two: the 1150MDA.  Has no
free arm, but is otherwise a brilliant machine, and nice and quiet.  I
shall have the Brother 1034D (ordered yesterday) for occasional free arm
work.


Hehehehe...  I shall then own 4 Singers, two Husqvarnas (one only
partially working), a Viscount, a Jones, two Elnas, a Brother, and a
Frister & Rossman (not working), and a Toyota.

Nowt like brand loyalty, is there?  Mind you, the not working F&R will
stay in the loft for now, the Toyota will get sold on to a friend, the
non working Huskylock will get parted out (not worth repairing, which
would cost almost as much as the new Brother!  135 for the part, 45
for labour, and the risk of more going soon, and the new machine will be
219 on special offer).

I still love my HV Lily, which is doing splendid work (but probably
needs servicing!), but HV after sales has gone down hill, and the local
dealers are getting splendid support from Brother at the moment, so we
shall see...
--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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I have 2 Berninas, a 135 QUilters Edition and an older 1630.  Personally, my
1630 is the BEST machine I have, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I
have tried a number of 'newer' Berninas, and I think the 1630 sews way
better than the newer ones.  I only have the 135 because my DH bought it for
me to keep at our cottage.  I'd rather lug the 1630.



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