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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Bernette Deco 340 ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Bernette Deco 340
happiness5
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Date: 5/14/11 10:56 AM

I have been regretting that I didn't get a machine with embroidery capabilities so I've asked a few questions here and gotten some good ideas. I met with a dealer about the Brother PE 770 and I really liked it, but the dealer is too far from my home and I know I'm going to need classes and dealer support. I was told there was a Babylock equivalent to the Brother, but it seems to have been discontinued. I talked with my local Babylock/Bernina dealer and he showed me the Bernina Bernette Deco 340, but I can't find any reviews on it. Is anyone familiar with it and if so, what do you think?

I'm fortunate because the local dealer is going to make some calls and see if he can find a Brother or the discontinued Babylock so I don't really even know what I might end up with at this point, but I do want to get as much info as possible. Thanks everyone!

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Date: 5/14/11 5:16 PM

The Bernette Deco 340 is the Janome 350e with a Bernette label on it. Janome makes it for Bernina. It often sells for a little less than the Janome version, takes .EXP format (different from Janome) but is identical in all other respects. If you find some reviews of the 350e, that will be the same as the Deco 340.

There is a length discussion thread, under this topic category, of the Janome machine. You can also "search" for the 'Deco 340' under the this topic category, and find all past discussions about it. There aren't many, though. I have the Deco 340 and it is a nice machine.

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Date: 5/14/11 5:55 PM

I just got this in March of this year. I haven't done a whole lot with it yet, as I have a shoulder injury that was limiting my dexterity.
But the few things I have done, a test of a continuous line quilting design, some hand towels, monograms, have been beautiful!

I did get a way better price than on the Janome 350e, and when I went for my 1st *how to use it* class the dealer had me bring my laptop to download the free ArtLink software. With that I can download patterns, regardless of format, and convert them into .exp. Some resizing, and I think it does a bit more, but that's as far as I have gotten with it.

Good luck!

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Date: 8/9/11 8:00 AM

Did you end up getting the 340? I'm curious as to what you thought about it. I just traded in my 340 for the Bernina 440 QE because I needed to upgrade my sewing machine. It seemed easier to combine the two into one machine. I make more crafts than clothes, and the walking foot was something I really wanted so I could do the straight lines! That was my reasoning for trading, and it had nothing to do with the quality of the 340. That was a very nice machine. The monogramming was easy to understand and I now realize that it's a feature I don't have on the 440. Oops! So if you need to do some basic embroidery designs, I think you will enjoy the Deco 340 machine.

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