Member since 8/30/11
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 10/29/12 6:04 PM
I've been hunting around for a new machine, and things keep getting sold out from under me on Craigslist I've been emailing back and forth with a woman that is selling her mother's Artista 200E, which she says has maybe 10 hours of use on it. Bought new, rarely used, and put away for the last two years. The machine has not been upgraded to the 730 specs, but does come with all the cases, feet, etc. that were standard, as well as quite a few extras still in package and some extra embroidery software. I've done some pricing research. I told the woman that from what I've seen, machines comparable to hers are selling anywhere from $1000-$1500. She is comfortable with this range and open to offers. She has no set price in mind. It's obvious she doesn't know much about machines or sewing in general and is sort of relying on me for value info.
I've read through the reviews and people seem generally happy with this machine. I wouldn't normally have considered an embroidery machine and would probably be using the machine primarily for garment sewing, but having something I can grow in to seems like not a bad idea. I've priced some other used Berninas (I'm also looking at a 1090 for $550, but someone is supposed to pick that up today - drat!) and it seems like I can spend a little more on this and get a newer machine with more capabilities.
I guess I'm just looking for general thoughts on this. I'm supposed to go test the machine out on Wednesday. Are there particular things I should look for? Questions I should ask? Would you consider this a fair price range? Is this too much machine for me?
Bernina Artista 200E
Member since 12/10/07
Date: 10/29/12 6:28 PM
I would take fabric along so you can test it thoroughly. I'd try stitches from all the categories, buttonholes, etc. See how the machine feels to you. Can you call a Bernina dealer and ask the blue book value of the 200E? They might need to know the age of the machine. This will give you a good idea of it's value. I really don't know what they sell for, but Bernina's do hold their value.Since it's been sitting for 2 years, I would want a Bernina tech to look at it to be sure it's all ok. It has computre boards in it and you'll want to be sure everything is working. Repairs could be pricey since it's not under any warranty. Maybe the seller will agree to have it serviced at the Bernina dealer of your choice or you can make that a stipulation of the sale .... if it checks out ok, you'll buy it. Have you gone to your local Bernina dealer to see what used machines they have to sell? Most give some kind of warranty with used machines. Just some thoughts.
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Member since 3/4/03
Date: 10/31/12 3:07 PM
My daughter has one since it came out and loves hers.She does machine embroidery and sews some home dec items sometimes like pillows/curtains as they move at regular intervals. If I really wanted the machine I wouldn't doodle around too long if it powers on and will stitch someone else may decide to pay her price and chance it. She might be willing to drop it at a dealer's for a basic service (clean,oil, adjust) and to be evaluated. Even if you agreed to pay for this,it would be a good way to have it checked out and introduce yourself so you can have a bernina place that will take care of any issues or future service stuff. I use some other dealers for my other machines but only will take the newer 730 to the bernina place If it should have issues or need a service. The newer berninas have a lot of features/gadgets and I only feel good about them taking care of my bernina but that is me. My daughter's machine has been pretty trouble free but I did have it serviced when she visited prior to her last move since we weren't sure where she would be moving and whether there was a local dealer. I think it has been serviced no more than 3 times since she got it and has had it a long time ( since they first came out). You might get a date of sale from the dealer's records to help with the price too. Some of the earlier ones are older and have less memory. If it has been upgraded to have the bsr, I think that means it has more memory. My daughter's does not have the bsr but she has no issues with that , not being a quilter but it has usb connection which is nice for embroidery. Un like her mother it is her only machine period and she loves it.
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