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deciding which Bernina to buy after two Pfaffs
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Date: 4/8/13 1:37 AM

I am ready to buy a Bernina if only because I want to easily do free motion embroidery. Also looking for a machine will has the ability to embroider words via an alphabet. I am a visual artist who make very SIMPLE wearable art garments and don't see myself doing complex garment construction. I would like to do simple quilting. I do want to be able to put a button hole in without spending two weeks at it and getting marginal results. I also have a serger and embellisher. My newest Pfaff is Creative 7570 which probably needs major overhaul. It's so slow....anyway, looking for the least expensive machine which will do what's listed above. One friend said go for hte 1130. Other thoughts.

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Date: 4/8/13 1:53 AM

You might want to go and take a look at the 5 series machines. Solid workhorses and you can pick as much or as little as you need in that range. Automatic buttonholes are very, very easy to do and stitch out beautifully.
I have the 440 (and other Berninas) which was superceeded after a long time by the 5 series, basically cosmetic upgrade and some new inclusions into the machine itself such as the stitch advisor and other goodies. Deep down the 5 series is an Aurora machine.
Go to your local Bernina dealership and ask for some demonstrations on the differences between them. You might want to see the 350 and 380 machines as well whilst you are there. The Activa 215 is a nice basic little machine but it lacks alphabet capability. And the buttonhole on it is not quite as straight forward.

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Date: 4/8/13 2:18 AM

Thanks for this good advice. I am going to find a machine with the Bernina stitch regulator....and will check out the models you suggest as well as what others think. I appreciate the input
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Date: 4/8/13 2:31 AM

OK if you want the stitch regulator forget the 3 series. The stitch regulator is on the currently available 5, 7 and 8 series machines.
Such a nifty bit of innovation, it always amazes me to think a presserfoot and sewing machine can be so clever together.

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Date: 4/8/13 9:36 AM

For an all around machine, there are lots of choices in Bernina.
If you want the BSR, the new 5 series. If you want a colored screen and embrodiery possibilites and the possibilites for a BSR try to find a discontinued 630 or 635 they are still around. These machines are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
Also look at a 710 that will serve you well as far as the quilting and you have the adjustable buttonhole with that model as well as large harp and high harp space for quilting and big projects.
Does not come with the BSR, but can take it. The 750 does come with it. These machines got off to a rough start with some problems with tension but Bernina seems to be ironing that all out.
For Basic great machine, (but does not have foot pressure control) I will take out my 380 today and see how it handles some knits and other dress making fabrics but a 350 or 380 may suite you perfectly.
Best to start by going to your dealers and make sure to bring your own fabrics. They often run 0% financing so that could help you stretch a bit if needed. I am also a professional artist and though I like the BSR for the fact that on mode 2 you dont have to use the foot pedal, I can really Free Motion without it because I can draw well. The trick is to use the guilters gloves. Without needing the BSR other machines, a lightly used machine could be the what you would like. Some of the older machines are much slower, so remember to find out before buying. The new machines sew 1000 stitches and old 930 is more like 750 though they sew beautiful stitches they are slow..
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Date: 4/8/13 9:43 AM

I'd recommend a used 430 or 440. The 430 doesn't come with the BSR, but can use it. The 4 series BSR doesn't do zig-zag though, only straight stitch.


Also, if you want to be able to embroider words via an alphabet, I'd look into an embroidery module. The Berninas have sewing alphabets on them, but IMO, they are a waste of stitches. My embroidery module (I have the 430) can embroider in ANY font I have on the computer. I've downloaded a bajillion fonts just for this purpose now.

Of the current machines, I've used the 5 series and they are nice, but I don't think they offer enough of an upgrade on the 4 series to be worth the price. I also like the discontinued 630.

I've found that the harp space of the 430 is large enough that I can easily do a twin size quilt, and with (a TON) of effort do a king. It isn't huge, but there is space with careful bunching of the quilt into it. If you have money the 7 or 8 series will offer a ton of space to quilt in. (ETA: I see you are asking for the cheapest machine that will get the job done. That's not the 7 or 8. Honestly, the word 'budget' and BSR don't even go together in my view. Bernina has the best free motion that I've come across but Janome and Brother do very very well. If you are looking for inexpensive, I'm not sure I'd go with Bernina. All the name brands offer good machines.)

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Date: 4/8/13 9:51 AM

I keep mentioning the Bernina 640 that's listed on ebay because it seems to be a great deal. I was tempted but bought a new 530 instead - a better fit for me.
It's for sale for $1700 plus shipping. No embroidery module but you should be able to buy that separately.
Two days left before the listing expires (or someone else buys it).

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Date: 4/8/13 10:33 AM

There's also another 6 series on ebay right now.
Brand new Bernina 630
No embroidery module included.

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Date: 4/8/13 11:14 AM

I am a Bernina lover, and have the 630. If you can find one, buy it. Best machine ever. Smooth, quiet, and it is just the best.

Why have you decided to go with Bernina and not buy a Pfaff Creative Performance? I hear it is the best Pfaff they now make. Just wondering is all...

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Date: 4/8/13 11:59 AM

I have several Berninas, and the 630 is a stand-out, worth the extra expense over a 440 (which is also great, btw). There are still 630s, 635s, 640s new at dealers in my area.

That 640 for $1700 on ebay is killing me, it's in Chicago. I soooo don't need another machine.....

Everyone I know who has a 640 loves it.

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