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Bernina 780 v 830LE
Should I trade 830 for 780
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Date: 3/13/13 12:04 PM

I am in 60s and I find bobbin threading and the weight of the 830 a bit difficult. Would it be worth trading to the Bernina 780? Hate to take a loss, but when I retire I will be stuck.

Would the 780 be a bette rmachine reliability and ease of use?

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Date: 3/13/13 8:22 PM

nope

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 3/16/13 0:43 AM

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Date: 3/16/13 1:14 AM

The 7 series machines are still very heavy, only about 7 lbs less than the 8 series machines. They're also taller, so not all cabinets have a machine platform that drops low enough to accommodate them.

If there are other things you dislike about your 830, or prefer about the 780, maybe it would be worth the money you'd lose making a lateral trade or trade down (depending on how you look at it).

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Date: 3/16/13 10:27 AM

I wouldn't. Everything you can do on the 780 you can do on the 830+ it has more stitches and a bigger stitch field for embroidery.

How often do you really have to move the machine?
Do you have a permanent type of set up in your home or are you having to move it and set it up all the time?
Are you taking a lot of classes? Or do you plan to?
If you were to take a class do you have to get it down a flight of stairs?

Honestly, once you know there is a notch under the metal bar where the bobbin thread goes, and you find it-- then you just know its there, you can thread that bobbin by feel in two seconds.

If you want to take classes once in a while-- just get a little 12 pound machine. I got the Babylock Audrey for under $300, and can firmly attest-- it is the easiest thing to carry in a bag over my shoulder, it sews reliably and you can put a fair amount of thickness through it too.

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Date: 3/16/13 12:35 PM

I wouldn't. If you enjoy using your Jumbo hoop, you'll lose 20% of the embroidery area if you go to the 780. That's a deal breaker for me. I do a lot of embroidery on my 830LE and threading the bobbin has become second nature. I can do it by feel without having to use the dental mirror. I'll be 61 next week and completely understand your need to find the perfect machine for this point in your life. I recently came very close to selling my LE but changed my mind and am so glad I did.
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Date: 3/26/13 5:28 AM

hi...been there. i'm 65...going on 12. i had an 820. never used it. was going to trade it in for a 780e. there was a $1000.00 difference between the 780e & 830LE. the 830 does so much more. to me it was worth the $ difference to get the 830. the only thing the 780 might have over the 830 is the larger bobbin and maybe the new hook/rotary system. but when i thought about it, outside of of doing embroidery, i personally don't need monster bobbins. The size & weight between the 2 is very similar. my 830 is still boxed. i have never used the 780, so i cannot say which is easier to use or more reliable(they r both Bernina, so either should be ok). i would never consider taking my 830 out to class(i'm not one for classes anyway). i'd have enough to deal with just getting me to take the class, let alone carting along the machine. i'd take the class and just take notes. i have the Bernina table for the 830, and that's where it will live. i think there are videos on utube about the bobbin. also ask your dealer to show u again. i believe the machine also guides you? how long have u had the 830? my understanding it that it takes awhile to get used to and understand. to bond with. i'm not the brightest. and my memory fails me every day. if i have trouble navigating my 830, i doubt very much that i'd be any better on the 780. you might go to your local dealer and try lifting the 780 and doing the bobbin. see what u think.
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Date: 3/26/13 4:11 PM

I would love to hear about your embroidery projects -- what types of things are you embroidering that use the larger hoop?

Thanks!!

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Date: 3/26/13 5:02 PM

I took a 2-day class last week where we used the Jumbo hoop. The center block took two hoopings with the Jumbo hoop and the word borders took two hoopings with the Mega hoop. (The photo was taken before I embroidered the last of the snowflakes.) The pillows were both embroidered using the Jumbo hoop and built-in designs on my 830LE.

Candy Cane Christmas
Fan Pillow
Butterfly Pillow

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Date: 3/28/13 11:28 AM

Thanks for sharing -- you do beautiful work!

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