Member since 2/17/03
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 4/20/13 6:53 PM
I would try to get it fixed first. This is the advantage of mechanical machines. The foot pedal on my Bernina 730 Record stopped working all of a sudden (while I was trying to sew a gift bag for a birthday party that evening) but my BF took it apart and reattached the loose wiring and it worked!
If you are not handy with electrical things (as I am not), I would definitely get someone knowledgeable to help.
There are many online resources (in addition to PR of course ) such as Yahoo groups to help you diagnose problems, get missing parts, and learn to repair the machine yourself if you feel so inclined.
I can't remember the exact names of the Yahoo groups, but there is one called something like "thirty something" (referring to the Bernina 530, 730, 830, 930, etc) and another called "Sewing Machine Repair"
Good luck and enjoy your machine. I love my 730!