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Message Board > NEW to PatternReview? > Hello - newbie seeking embroidery machine :-) ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 8/24/12 1:39 PM

Hi everyone, I have been lurking here for a ew weeks reading reviews on all the machines as I am eager to jump into an embroidery machine in time to make our Halloween outfits. This is my first year of sewing - I always make our costumes, but usually with glue guns and very bad hand sewing This year, as I was lucky enough to inherit a small sum from my great aunt, I decided to pay tribute to her by using it to learn to sew. She was a seamstress, later going on to run a whole textile factory in the UK. I know she would heartily approve of my decision to learn to sew and hopefully to learn to make beautiful costumes for sale.

I am loving every minute of sewing so far. I have made a few kids outfits for my daughter, and chokers, ruffs etc. My big project is going to be matching 18th century"tribute" style clothes for my family for Halloween, including bustled skirts and hoops etc. I am too terrified to start cutting the very expensive (even on sale and 50% off sale price) upholstery fabric I bought for this project though

Anyhow, I am posting to ask for advice. I cannot afford a new embroidery machine of any good quality, but I really want something that can allow me to download patterns and use them to enhance my costumes. I have found the Bernina artista 200e with the 730 upgrade package, BR regulator foot, memory stick and tutorials etc, locally on Craigslist. I just received an email from the seller accepting my offer of $1,000 for this item, but it was his mothers so even though it all looks immaculate on the photos, I am very nervous he might not be able to show me it all working.

Is this a good price? How much should I actor in to get it checked up and it to go? Do Bernina sales people offer classes for a fee if you didn't buy from them?

I just want some advice on what questions to ask when I go to view it and what to avoid. This is more money to me than our car so I have to be sure I am getting a working machine. Thanks so much for reading! I already love this site.

Angel Whelan

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Date: 8/24/12 5:27 PM

Hi Angel, welcome aboard. I have no good advice, but wanted to bump your thread up. Perhaps this fellow would allow you to take the machine to a dealer, where you could have them check it out for you?

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Date: 8/24/12 6:20 PM

your not in your car yet and speeding over there to get it.
by golly go and get that machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
there is one on ebay for 2600. That is cheep! cheep! cheep!!
Go and get that machine. they are wounderful machine and sew beautifully. GO GET IT!!!!!!!!
We need to see that lovely machine.

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Date: 8/25/12 5:50 AM

For that price go have a good look at it, fire it up and see how it sews. Even if you have to have a full service on top of sale price, its a good deal.
Check out the sort of accessories you have included. They're nice machines, one of my friends has one.
If its running well it should be smooth and quiet.
A good Bernina dealership should for a fee be absolutely able to get you up and running with classes. They have club days as well where you can go and learn about how to use the various accessories and learn new techniques.

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Date: 8/25/12 2:45 PM

Get the machine and take it to a Bernina dealer for a once over. Expect to pay around $80 just for routine service.

You would not be the first person to take a second-hand machine to the dealer. They do not care where is was purchased because there is no warranty they have to deal with.....only $$$ from the owner.

Before investing more than the service fee, ask what the Blue Book price is for this machine.

Take all that came with the machine so the dealer can tell you if anything is missing, like a dongle that is Bernina specific for activating the software.

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