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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Is one Bernina enough? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Is one Bernina enough?
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Date: 6/4/13 8:47 PM

I have been convinced that the Bernina is the machine I have been looking for (without having the opportunity to try one out) even though historically my mom and grandma and other relatives have been Singer supporters. I still like the Singer machines I have inherited as they are treadle machines, each with the story of the particular lady who owned it. What can I say, they are members of my family too those treadles!

I have just struck Bernina oil on ebay and got me a Bernina 830 - was going for the 930 but seems that girl has some very ardent followers money-wise and very few available at all.

The question is this, should I still pursue the 930? Is it that advanced from the 830? Will I be missing out....I want want my Bernina experience to be as good as I can get and it seems for me it is between the 830 and 930 models.

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Date: 6/4/13 9:42 PM

Both machines are wonderful if you can get one in really good condition. The 930 has more features, stitches and is the younger of the two. I would personally go for a 930 over the 830.
Just my two cents.
To learn more about these machines join the old bernina group on yahoo Im not sure what the exact name of the group is, but you can gain a lot of info that way. Maybe someone else knows the exact name of the group.
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Date: 6/4/13 10:10 PM

Depends on what/how you sew. I started with a 930, but my early model doesn't have the heel tap needle down function, which was fine, until I had that function on a modern/computerized Bernina.

Honestly, I think the 1030 or 1031 is the ultimate mechanical Bernina. Knee lift, most stitches of the Bernina mechanicals, heel tap function, and (drumroll) the long stitch function, which allows for up to a 10mm long stitch. Unlike the basting stitch on the 930, which works with the feed digs down, stitch by stitch, the long stitch on the 1030/1031 works with the feed dogs up and running. SUPER USEFUL for basting.

But the best solution? All the Berninas....

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Date: 6/4/13 10:12 PM

Maia, my SIL has the 1031 and it does not have the long basting stitch. But I agree that is a GREAT feature and yes if you can nap a 1030 do so...or a 1031
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Date: 6/5/13 0:23 AM

One Bernina is never enough! You'll realize that soon enough.......

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Date: 6/5/13 1:15 AM

True. At one point, I had a 730, an 830, and a 930e in the same room. They were/are all beautiful.

My favorite is the 930e, because it has the tap-needle down and the stitch-by-stitch feature, with full power behind each stitch. Each time I sew with that honey, I actually come out of the sewing room congratulating myself for buying her.

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Date: 6/5/13 2:09 AM

Huh, good to know. When I was comparison shopping, I thought they were the same, other than looks and the manual cutter up by the bobbin on the 1031. Well, makes me even more pleased with my 1030s.

Unless it's one of those Bernina anomalies. Like 1020s don't usually have the knee lifter, but Leslie's does and I once saw one on ebay that did. And my 1020 has both the accessory box which forms a flatbed AND the extension table, though I figured that could've been an optional extra purchase. Or all the odd colors the Nova came in. Seems so unSwiss, lol.

Now that I have MY 1030(s), I can go ahead and sing its praises from the rooftops. As much as I love the 930, which has the bobbin winder cover, that bomb-proof, precision-fit case, and its latte-luscious mostly metal body, the 1030 is really the more useful machine IMO. That long stitch is so useful and so are the markings on the large, pop-out stitch plate, which is the width of the free arm.

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Date: 6/5/13 7:52 AM

My ol' 930e's basting stitch works with the feed dogs UP.

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Date: 6/5/13 9:18 AM

The way I'm think of when you stitch, reposition, stitch, which I guess I learned to do with the dogs down just because it makes it easier to reposition. What I like about the long stitch is that you let the machine feed the fabric as normal, it just makes big (up to 10mm long) stitches. So it's much faster. But my 930 is an early model, so maybe I'm missing something.

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Date: 6/5/13 10:24 AM

Thanks, I will look into the old Bernina group on yahoo.

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