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Gabnxe
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Date: 11/23/11 8:04 AM

Hi, all. I have a chance to purchase a Bernina 1130 for $500. It has only 1 foot and the original manual but seems to be in really good shape.

A friend has an Brother 8500 sew/embroider machine and lots of feet, a blank card and other notions, for around $700.

I have a local dealer for both, so that's not a problem. I currently have only a Baby Lock Proline 5150. I need to decide on the Bernina as I would need to get it over the holiday weekend. It's in California and I live in Missouri.

Reading this after typing it seem like the Brother, or waiting, is best given the additional goodies, but the Bernina sounds like a really great machine.

Which would you purchase? Or would you wait for something else to come along?

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Date: 11/23/11 8:43 AM

Sounds like a good price on the Bernina. My 930 came with very many extra feet and accessories, for $700. The 1130 is considered a great model. I don't know about that model of Brother, but older embroidery machines often read cards or discs and you might need some additional apparatus in order to transfer new designs to it. Hopefully someone who knows embroidery and/or that model of Brother can offer advice.

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Date: 11/23/11 8:53 AM

The Bernina 1130 is supposed to be a great machine. My friend has one and loves it. Feet can be found on eBay or Sewitsforsale yahoo group or even your Bernina dealer. I don't know anything about the Brother. Keep in mind older machines if any electronics go out, replacement parts may not be available. You might want to check with the Bernina dealer to see if parts are readily available for a 1130. Will you have to drive to pick it up? If that is the case, I would see if they would take a few hundred off since you are driving so far and it has only one foot.

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Date: 11/23/11 10:42 AM

I'm not sure if you'd get a few hundred off just 500 but I'd definitely try and negotiate. The 1130 is a great machine and as noted you can pick up feet online.
The Brother is a good machine too, another former TOL. There were some issues with some (perhaps earlier ones) with some kind of brushes (think that's the correct term) wearing out and needing replacing but I'm not sure after how much use. It does lovely embroidery but is older technology, i.e. only takes cards. I'm not one to dump great equipment because there's new technology, but do be aware that to add designs for embroidery you need to either purchase cards (which I'm sure you can find on the used market like those Bernina feet) or purchase at least PE Design Basic, about $399, which is software with a reader/writer box/blank card that will enable you to transfer designs from your computer/cd onto a card which is then inserted into the machine.
I'd say the comparison between the two is kind of apples to oranges. They're both fruit but - different!

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Date: 12/6/11 2:03 AM

I have an 1130 and wouldn't trade or sell it for the world. It is my baby and if it ever decides to stop working I will be heart broken.

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Date: 12/6/11 9:54 AM

With the Bernina's you can always buy an adaptor attachment that will let you use your standard low shank feet until you can get the Bernina feet. At least with that you would get started with inexpensive feet. The 1130 is a great sewing machine. The 8500 sounds a little high to me but will let you do embroidered designs, what are you looking for in a machine?

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Date: 12/6/11 10:12 AM

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what are you looking for in a machine?


Yes, you need to target what you want. These two machines are very different. One is a solid mechanical and one is a computerized embroidery machine as well as a sewing machine. I would go for the Bernina 1130 of course because I don't care anything about embroidery. If you want to embroider, you will need an embroidery machine. It's like apples and oranges, except the Apple (Bernina) is a classic machine, and you can get accessories over time, and you will probably love it for sewing. It will be worth what you pay if you sell it, and it will be worth having serviced and keeping in good repair if it is in good shape now. :)

Good luck!

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Date: 12/6/11 11:24 AM

Another thing to consider: The brother 8500 does not free motion well. I remember when this machine was a new model. Brother acknowledged that it did not do free motion well because of some mechanism they put into the machine.

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Date: 12/6/11 11:27 AM

The Bernina 1130 was one of the 1st fully computerized machines that Bernina ever made. To this day it's reputation stands untarnished. I have loved using mine over the years. It has been virtually free of trouble. I have used the adaptor with Janome feet on it with great success. Not long ago I thought that I would take a look at the new Bernina machines that everyone was talking about and came away from the dealership very thankful that I had an original Swiss made Bernina. Something is very strange out there in sewing machine land with the advent of all these china made machines. It's as if one needs to wear protective glasses for fear that a piece of plastic is ready to take flight, with all the clunking and chunking going on. I would recommend the 1130. It has some very nice embrodery/ deco stitches built into it. I think you will be very pleased at the quality.

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Date: 12/6/11 11:44 AM

No Berninas are made in China :)

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