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"New" Style Bernina Feet ALERT
Bernina is CHANGING all of its feet!
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Date: 1/19/10 10:22 PM

Seriously! To anyone that followed my posts, I just purchased a 630e (love it). A couple of weeks ago I bought an invisible zipper foot for it which was a LOT of money and it had a bulky (glass?)"eye" attached to it. I was told there was no other type of invisible zipper foot available and that it was a great foot as it was embedded with data so that the Bernina could read what foot you had snapped on it. But I did not like it ---- read on---today I went for my 1st training on my new machine (different Bernina store than invisble zipper foot one), and I asked a LOT of questions. Bernina is going to phase out ALL of its feet to be replaced with feet that have these eyes (similar looking to the 3A button hole eye feet)@! All the eyes have the embedded data...but they are in my opinion very bulky feet, and go against part of what made me go with a Bernina to begin with (I really like/d the feet). Now, you will have to spend more money for these specialized feet (up to $20 more than they already run based on my zipper foot purchase), your machine may not even be able to read the data in the eye (my 630e at this time...and maybe never..cannot....I do not know if someohow they will be able to upgrade the software to read these eyes on the 630 and below) The 640 and up can supposedly read them if I understood correctly, and if you have an activa they cannot read them...regardless the feet are going to be phased out...for example the invisible zipper foot problem.
Sooooo... I think this means if you like the feet the way they are, better go out and get them before the new "eye" ones are phased in!


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Date: 1/19/10 10:44 PM

Thanks for the heads-up. Just a guess, but the 'reading' ability probably has to do with the wider feed dogs, which is why the foot is wider. I'm going to go hug my 1130 with the 5mm feed dogs, and load up on feet for my 730E.
Bernina is probably finding it more cost effective to produce one foot that will fit all machines, whether they 'read' the foot or not. No doubt it is a profit margin decision. I would not like the wider foot on the 630's 5mm feed dogs though. There are several times I hop over to the 1130 because I need a narrower foot.

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Date: 1/19/10 10:52 PM

Wow, I do think this is important info for Bernina owners. Imagine, feet with glass eyes (here's lookin at you kid) I wonder why Bernina has not been advertising this? I would think they would have just had a certain new model to test it on to see what people thought of the new feet first before just discontinuing the old type of feet. Maybe name the test machine "Iris" LOL.
Seriously though..popular opinion is important and I wonder what Bernina owners will think of these feet because from what I see in posts, Bernina owners love the present Bernina feet.

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Date: 1/19/10 11:00 PM

I am actually horrified by the feet swap...I really LIKE the feet the way they are....I went to the Bernina website and many of the feet illustrated are already showing the eyes!!! I also think that part of the reason Bernina owners are Bernina owners IS the feet, so I dumbfounded as to why the phase out.... I understand risk taking and marketing strategies, but this seems like too much of a gamble given the feet love following.



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Subject: New Style Bernina Feet ALERT Date: 1/20/10 0:50 AM

I had an Aurora 450 that was 9mm and it read the glass eye to let it know it could stitch to the full 9mm. If I had a foot without the eye on it, it would only stitch to a maximum 5.5mm width. It is more of a safety feature I think. So, with the 640 and up machines, they also let you know which foot is on the machine with this eye? I take it they are all going to be just the current wider 9mm width feet that are available then and discontinuing the 5.5mm wide feet? Or are they coming out with an even newer line of feet?
-- Edited on 1/20/10 0:52 AM --

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Date: 1/20/10 1:30 AM

PolishPoppy - I know I'm in Australia so this may not be relevant but I'm responding re your invisible zipper foot not the change of feet.

My bernina shop is the main distributors for Bernina in Sydney, ie the largest city in Australia and when I asked them for an invisible zipper foot a couple of years ago they really didn't want to sell me the Bernina one, though they stocked it. In their view it was way to expensive when you could do just as well with something simpler. They sold me a generic shank (I think that's what it's called) and a plastic zipper foot to fit the bottom of that. It was extremely cheap and works perfectly every time. I've heard them say the same thing to others when I've been in the shop. They offer to take back the generic foot they've sold you and give you the money towards the bernina foot if you're not happy but they say it rarely happens. Well not by me anyway.

Since I've got most of the feet I want for my machine I don't think I'll be buying any more if they're going to have eyes attached. Maybe I need to buy any others before the change. Thanks for the tip.
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Date: 1/20/10 1:50 AM

That's really bad news for those of us who enjoy the narrower feet. I have 3 Berninas that use the narrower feet, and I bought these machines because I like the maneuverability.

If 5.5 mm feet will no longer be available for Berninas with 5.5 mm feed dogs, this 25-year Bernina customer might look to other brands in the future.

Bernina is well known for the narrower feed dog machines with the oscillating hooks and they have had quite a following.

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Date: 1/20/10 7:14 AM

I recently sold my Bernina 160 (which I had had for 11 years) with the express purpose of never needing to agonize over another Bernina foot purchase. I had a couple with the "eyes" and they did kind of bother me. Harder to store, less pleasing to handle. But mostly the very high cost of each foot was just too much for me.

The Bernina feet are of incredible quality. It is true that the feet for my new Juki F600 do not have the extremely precise stability of the Bernina feet. But the trade off for me is that I can share the snap on presser feet with any of my vintage machines (using the right adapter) and that simplifies my life and my finances!

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Date: 1/20/10 8:49 AM

Dear MareeAlison - thank you very much for the tip on teh zip foot...I will look ito it and also to see if that "shank" could be used with other snap on feet (for future feet purchase and to keep costs down) but I am still quite depressed about the new feet change over give I JUST purchased this Bernina and wanted to add feet overtime as I learned techniques!

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Date: 1/20/10 1:10 PM

Well, I haven't spoken with anyone at Bernina to confirm my suspicion, (if you were told this info by a dealer, I'd take it with a grain of salt) but my guess is that this information isn't correct.

With the release of the 820/830 machines, new "D" feet were introduced. They're coded, similar to the 9mm "C" feet. I believe that the "C" feet are simply being phased out and being replaced with the "D" type coding. Either will work on all the 9mm machines.

The non coded feet, which fit the 5mm machines, I doubt those will be going away. These feet fit on all the machines, (well not the much older machines of course), both 5mm and 9mm, and represent the bulk of the Bernina presser foot collection.

The presser foot collection displayed on the Bernina website indicates this as well. Let's not panic.
-- Edited on 1/20/10 1:12 PM --

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