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Bernina 440, 530 or 550?
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JoandElvis
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Date: 6/22/13 7:04 AM

Hi, I was wondering if any Bernina ladies could help me out. I am trying to choose between 3 sewing machines and am not sure what to buy.

I am a garment sewer mainly, although I am about to start my first quilt so who knows, I might get the quilting bug.

I have the opportunity to buy a new

Bernina 530 at $2,200
Bernina 440 at $2,500 ( last new one in Australia as far as I can tell)
Bernina 550 at 2,600 ( it was used as a demo at a quilt show)

I started looking a couple of months ago and fell in love with the 440 when it was shown to me. I went back to the shop a couple of days ago thinking I would look at the 530 since maybe I didn't need the BSR but they didn't have one. So she showed me the 580 and said they could sell me a discounted one that was used as a demo model at a quilt show.

At that price the 550 is a good buy, but I am a little unsure about the touch pad (?) that has ok and the arrows. It looks a bit flimsy, like it won't wear very well. Also the lady demonstrating seemed to press it hard like she was having trouble selecting things. Admittedly I didn't try it so I don't know for sure.

Anyway, the 550 and 440 won't last very long at those prices so I have to make a quick decision. At the moment I am leaning towards the 550 if it is still available.

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Date: 6/22/13 7:46 AM

I have the 550 and absolutely love it. The screen and arrows are great.

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Date: 6/22/13 8:12 AM

That is good to know as that was one of my concerns. How long have you had it for?

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Date: 6/22/13 9:41 AM

The lighting is awesome on the 530, and I think is improved from the 430 series.

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Date: 6/22/13 12:06 PM

Can you locate a 630 or 635? That is the one you want. I have one and it is wonderful. Love the knobs.

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Date: 6/22/13 12:42 PM

Learn is right. I have a 440 (LOVE!) I always thought the 630 only offered better embroidery features, but I got a 630 and a great price, and the screen, straight stitch plate security feature, smooth action knobs are worth the extra expense IMO. I bought both used.

The 440 (and 430, 450, 630/635, 640) are all capable of embroidery. The 530 and 550 are not at all. Even if you aren't currently interested in embroidery, it's a nice option to have, and might increase resale value.

But..... the 5 series has better lighting.

Of the choices you presented, *I* would get the 440 (2nd choice 550), but you might have different priorities, like lighting.

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Date: 6/22/13 1:19 PM

I really like my 550. I mostly sew garments, but I wanted the BSR for the few times I make quilts. It is included with the 550.

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Date: 6/22/13 4:05 PM

I would choose the 440 over the 5 series. It's a proven workhorse, and a joy to sew on. I have the 630 as well, and I love both of them. Neither the 5 series or the 7 series impressed me. They have different features, but less of them for more money than their predecessors. Saying that, I wouldn't own the 440 for embroidery. EC on PC (require a computer connection to embroider) is a royal pain, and I wouldn't count on software support continuing for very long. If you can opt for it without the embroidery module, you'll have one sweet machine!

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Date: 6/22/13 8:15 PM

Thanks for all your replies. There is lots to think about.

The 550 does have better lighting over the 440 and a stronger table.

As for a 630 or 635, they are out of my price range unless I can find something second hand. But I am on a bit of a time frame. I just started some work doing repairs and am borrowing a machine off a friend ( i took over from her ) until I can get a suitable machine.

As I said, I fell in love with the 440 when I saw it, but my head is saying get the 550 because it is the newer version.

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Date: 6/22/13 9:15 PM

I'd choose the 440. They're a little more solidly made than the 5 Series. The embroidery capabilities on the 440 are way outdated, but you can put a Bernina Stitch Regulator on it for quilting.

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