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how are they useful to someone buying a used Bernina?
Old School

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Date: 5/14/06 12:59 PM

Can someone educate me about serial numbers? I notice that a lot of people selling used Berninas give the machine's serial number. Why? Is there a website you can go to where you enter the serial number and learn something about that particular machine? Are you able to view sewing machine service records by entering the serial number? Find out how many owners the machine has had? I am thinking that if people selling them always give the serial number, that must be important to a possible buyer, but why?

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Date: 5/14/06 1:36 PM

I know there is a website for Singers that tells where and what year the machine was made by the serial numbers. I checked on a Singer machine once and I don't remember if it was the Singer site that I used. There is probably a site that has info on other brands like Bernina etc. I think the serial number also insures that the item is not a fake.
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Date: 5/15/06 10:30 AM

Are there fake Berninas out there?

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Date: 5/15/06 10:44 AM

I think the idea is that if the seller is willing to give a serial number, then the likelihood of that machine being stolen or "hot" is lesser. Premise being that theives wouldn't post serial numbers.

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Date: 5/15/06 1:44 PM

That's peculiar -- I guess it just never occurred to me that if someone broke into my house, they'd steal my sewing machine! doesn't seem like the kind of thing a thief would have any clue about. I mean, my own husband would have no idea that the Bernina is worth more than, say, a 1970s Kenmore.

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Date: 5/15/06 3:03 PM

Well, my Bernie is worth more than my husband's Apple (about half again). People who are professional burglers know the value of these things. I would think that a display of the serial numbers would make the purchaser a little less leary of purchasing a used machine.

That aside, the serial number has the date of mfg coded into it. Since there are subtile differences in the machines being made between certain dates, it can be helpful. Also, since the machines are usually made over a period of years, it can tell you how old the machine is. However, you have to know the key to the coding to read it.

For instance, the earliest 200 machines had a bad cd reader. The ones that were made after about a year and a half or two had a better cd reader. The others, if made in the US were replaced. Some of the later 200's have more memory that the first ones. (That can actually be told by another number 8000 or 8001 on the back of the machine near the serial number).

Something just as important though is that you know what version the machine is. For instance the latest version of the 200 is 4.06V or 4.04V. If one of those numbers is not running on the machine, it has not been recently updated.

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Date: 5/15/06 3:07 PM

Just sold my Bernina on Ebay and I put the serial number in the auction because I saw so many people ask the seller for it in other auctions.I have no idea why people want it.

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Date: 5/15/06 6:13 PM

I have posted this before..but it is a good idea to write down the serial numbers of your machines and other equipment should they be stolen from your home. When police recover stolen items all you need is your serial number to prove the items are yours.

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Date: 5/15/06 6:29 PM

It's not just breaking into a house and stealing. Lots of machines are stolen before they ever get to the retail stores and then they are sold "off the back of a truck, " Ebay, or whatever, but at a discount.

Plus the dating/coding thing that was mentioned, which is likely the other main reason serial numbers are included.

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Date: 5/17/06 7:23 PM

I'm in law enforcement and the serial number is very handy to have. I've taken reports from people who purchased items on E-bay and it turned out they were stolen (cell phones especially).

If you are going to pay out quite a bit of cash (and many machines are quite expensive) its helpful to stop by your local police department and have them run the serial number. It would be a shame if down the line the police knocked on your door and you had to give it back through no fault of your own. HTH

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