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Date: 9/18/08 2:22 PM

Has anyone else noticed the Bernina 950 industrial machine on the Bernina website? Anyone seen it or considering purchasing it?

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Date: 9/18/08 4:01 PM

It's the same as the Tacsew model machine.

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Date: 9/18/08 5:41 PM

I don't think most people would like the 950, as it uses the Clutch activated industrial motor. I have sewn on and like the machine, but it is a hard machine to adapt to, when you are used to a domestic sewing machine, which is rather tame and easy to get used to. The good thing about the 950, is that you can get one of the newer DC type motors that do away with the clutch motor type of engagement and that makes it more like the domestic sewing machine that we all use. These motors don't run all the time like the clutch motors and they only start and stop when you press on the pedal. Also they have a speed limiting dial on the motor itself so that you can set the maximum speed that the motor will run if you don't want the machine to sew too fast. This is not possible with the clutch motor. All things considered, the regular 950 is a specialize beast, and if you like the way they sew, they do a vary good job of it. But, they are a handful and will take some getting used to if you haven't used a commercial machine before. That probably explains why they are not as widely used in the home market, along with the price. Which is about $2000 for a basic mechanical machine that will sew very fast and loud. They are fun if you like the feel of lots of power in your sewing machine. Nothing subtle there.

John

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Date: 9/18/08 8:09 PM

Thanks for the information. I wasn't considering it for myself. I was just curious about it. I didn't remember seeing it on their site until recently. Maybe its been there all along and I just never noticed it before.

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Date: 9/18/08 9:41 PM

No, they have offered it for years. It is made in the same Thailand factory that produces the 1008 mechanical, The Activa Line and also a clone copy by Tacsew. Interestingly enough, you can buy the Tacsew for hundreds of dollars less and it is the same machine without the Bernina name. Go Figure. They are great machines but kind of specialized in their appeal. Even though I am a confirmed Bernina junkie, if I was looking for a machine like that, I would look at one of the Singer U20 series of industrial machines. Probably a much better and more versatile sewing machine for that application. At half the cost also.

John

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Date: 10/30/08 3:47 PM

Hi I have the Berenina 950.
Actually it is as the previous poster said a TACSEW.
I was confused by his comments concerning the clutch.
My machine came with the sewing table base and a pedal.
Yes when you turn on the machine the motor is running.
The machine sews with the pedal like other machines.
I like it very much.
It took me a while to adjust the belt to get it running correctly.
It was going very slow and I didn't know why.
My only problem with it that I need help with is it has problems
going through say 4 layers of 12 oz. canvas.
For some reason since it is a Powerful machine I thought it would be able to handle it.
The Manual that it came with is very basic but i feel that there is a presser foot adjustment that I am missing info about.
It has a knee control for the presser foot which you can use to go over
bigger seems etc. but the bobbin thread then becomes strange and
there ends up being a big mess underneath.
Maybe some one knows something that could help me with this?
Thank you!

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Date: 10/30/08 4:07 PM

I believe there is a reduction idler pully that is available that slows down the rps and increases the penetrating power. But the machine was never intended to be a type of machine that is for sewing heavy duty sewing like lots of thickness of canvas. The website states its uses are for Applique, costuming, freehand embroidery and clothing construction. It is basically a hot rodded up home machine. The the main difference is that is is faster sewing than the home machine. Somebody else here who has one, states that the mechanic that works on hers, states that the bobbin mechanism is not as strong as the average industrial machine. I don't know if that is true, but it is certainly not as fast as some of the other industrial machines. Bernina makes a small thickness tool that you place adjacent to the seam you intend to sew over and it helps the foot transition over that high thickness, and keeps the foot flat until you pass over the seam. That might help you avoid the tangles in the bobbin area. Other sources offer the same sort of tool. Check with your local Joanne's
and ask one of the sales people for this item and they will probably be able to provide it.
John

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Date: 10/30/08 4:50 PM

Thank you fixedgear head for your response.
Yes I have seen those Jeans sewing wedges that ride under the presser foot.
On my older home machines there was a cylinder that you could release
and press down to change the presser foot pressure ( i think that is what it did). (I used to be fascinated by it as a kid because it springs up).
There is that same cylinder on my Tacsew 950 but no info in the manual
about it. ( It doesn't have a spring release).
there is a screw on the top to loosen it then raise and lower it.
Anyhoo....
I read some other posts and realized that I am also not using a big enough needle. I am not sewing over seams I am just flat layers of canvas.
Very frustrating I really would like to sew bags with leather and canvas.
I guess I'll break out my mom's 60's machine it will probably handle it..
Thank you though for your time and expertise!!!
I still like the machine but I should have done more research before i bought it. it is very fast.
I haven't gotten into the decorative stitches.
Thanks Again,
Danica

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Date: 9/30/12 9:39 AM

I have the 950 and it's a love / hate relationship! I am always having issues with stitching problems on different types of fabrics. Yesterday I must of screamed at the machine a dozen or so times until I switched over to my very slow portable bernina. I have at the machine now for about 6 years and I still don't understand it!

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Date: 9/30/12 11:36 AM

Most industrial machines, including this bernina, have a knee lever that raises the presser foot-- it saves time when doing piece work. it's not intended to reduce presser foot pressure.
Try using the jeans foot (#8).

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