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Cheryl Witteman
Cheryl Witteman
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Date: 10/5/08 4:11 PM

Hello!
I am the proud new owner of a used Bernina Virtuosa 150. The machine is wonderful. I have three questions:

Does anyone else's machine make a high pitched buzz? I had it serviced right away and it has made that sound from the beginning. I am wondering if I should contact the repair person.

Is there a way to return all the memorized stitches to the factory setting?

Does Bernina have more in-depth manual and/or information about feet and accessories?

All input is welcome. Thanks in advance.

Cheryl Witteman

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Date: 10/5/08 6:36 PM

Congratulations Cheryl! I understand that's a great machine. I cannot help you with the memory or the manual questions, but as to the high-pitched sound, be sure you don't have the bobbin lever engaged. That can make a high-pitched noise (and it's a simple thing to fix!).

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Date: 10/5/08 7:33 PM

Sounds sound different to each person. My 150 doesn't seem to have a sound that I would describe as a high pitched buzz.

I am not sure what you mean by memorized stitches. There is a clear button on the machine. But if you mean that the previous owner had the dealer download different decorative stitches, then your dealer will have to return the default ones to your machine. UNLESS you have the cord and software. Some 150's did. Mine doesn't.

Go to the Bernina site online and check out all their presser feet. Most, if not all, have demos there.

HTH

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Date: 10/5/08 11:38 PM

The buzz noise shouldn't be happening. My 155 gives a short growl when started, then is quiet.
If you want to go back to default dec stitches, you have to use the CPS thing-cord and CD on your computer-and swap them back out. They should do that at the store.
The book should say how to clear memory-I think it's easy, but haven't done that for a while.
The Virtuosa's are sturdy machines with good stitching. Enjoy!

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Date: 10/5/08 11:41 PM

Forgot ? no 3: The feet and accessories are all in the Feetures books by Bernina. 3 very thick binders with info on all feet, which ones go on your machine, and techniques to use them for. Also, many dealers have Bernina club, where they teach you about the feet. Warning: purusing the Feetures book may lead to "foot lust" and subsequently a thinner wallet. (The feet are great and work well, though.)
Diane, who has 2 organizers full of feet.

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Date: 10/6/08 4:35 AM

The Feetures books for Bernina are great but hugely expensive here in Australia. You'd be able to buy them in the US fairly reasonably I would imagine. You can see all the feet demonstrated on the US bernina site though.

My 153 doesn't make a high pitched sound. It's rather quiet I'd say though obviously it makes a noise when sewing.

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Cheryl Witteman
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Date: 10/9/08 6:23 PM

Thanks for your replies everyone. This machine is wonderful! It is even strong enough to sew through my fingernail! oops!

I finally read what I thought was a sales slick and realized it had the information about changing the "elective" stitches; my machine needs to go to the dealer to be changed. Hence my follow up question:
How often do people who sew garmets find they change the cps? It is worth the expense and the hassel to add a computer connection? (Note, I am computer software trainer and like tech stuff, but hate to waste precious sewing time.)

Thanks again for everyone's input.

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Date: 1/7/09 10:40 AM

Hi Cheryl,
I am wondering if you have figured out the CPS. I just bought a Bernina 150 it did not come with the software to change out stitches. I am wondering if its worth having as I don't see myself changing stitches in and out, I origionally thought that it gave the capability to add decorative stitches but from your posts it sounds like the machine only holds a certain # of stitches and in order to put some new ones in the memory I would have to take out some of the stitches that are standard out of the memory. Is that correct?
Gina

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Date: 1/8/09 1:18 AM

I had this machine until recently when I upgraded to the 440 and sold this to a friend. Great machine. I did not like some of the original stitches that came with the machine and had them changed one time to a set that I liked. I don't use a lot of decorative stitches so although they tried to sell me the thingy that I could use to change the stitches myself I didn't. After I changed it out I found I never had need/desire for other stitches. However, if you use a lot of decorative stitches in your work you might like this option.

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Date: 6/15/13 10:29 AM

I just came across an ad for the Virtuosa 150. The price is $650. The question I have is, does it matter if I don't have a computer to download stitches? (I have Macs, not Windows). And the ad doesn't mention anything about computer cables, etc., so I assume they aren't included. Is this a real negative?

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