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sailor girl
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Date: 12/28/05 8:39 AM

Help!
I am trying to decide between the Bernina 700D and 1200 sergers? I have never owned a serger before, but would like one (for all the obvious reasons) IYHO is the upgrade to the 1200 worth the $$ for someone who sews on a regular-hobby basis and who's DD comes home from college about once a month to whip up an outfit??
The sale at my local dealer ends Friday and I am trying to spend my Christmas bonus before it gets absorbed by an appliance breakdown or car repair (you know how that goes)

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Date: 12/28/05 11:14 AM

By all means, get the 1200. Both have Differential Feed (a must) and both have manual tension settings. But the 1200 has the ability to do 2, 3 and 4 thread serging where 700 has only 3 & 4 thread ability. The 2 thread serging is used for light weight rolled hems or flatlocks and is easy to get the perfect stitch. The 1200 has the LCD screen that has the basic manual settings for all stitches and since the manual for Bernina sergers is hard to follow, this is a big plus, especially if you haven't used a particular stitch in a while.

If the 800 is available, you might want to look at that since I believe it has the 2 thread ability and it has a really nice stitch. The thread paths for the 1200 are fool proof but the 800 is still very easy to thread.

Get as much machine as you can afford (I heard that from someone on this site). You won't be sorry AND you won't be limited in learning a new technique because your machine can't keep up with your creativity!

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Date: 12/28/05 11:53 AM

Definitely check to see if they have an 800 available. I've had one for 2 or 3 years and it's a reliable little workhorse.

It does have the 2 thread ability and auto threading of the upper looper. It doesn't have the LCD screen that shows stitch settings like the 1200 has, but the workbook they give you in the free serger guide class includes them.

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Date: 12/29/05 12:16 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I decided to keep looking around at the better machines. Not to buy cheap is good advice.

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