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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina VS. Juki VS. Pfaff ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bernina VS. Juki VS. Pfaff
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Date: 1/4/14 4:40 AM

Hello! I am FINALLY upgrading from my singer to a new machine!! The problem is I don't know which machine to invest in. I have the option to get a slightly used Bernina 350 PE for $1000 but I am hesitant because i would have to act quickly. I also have looked at the Juki Exceed F600 and the Pfaff ambition line. All three brands seem very durable and useful.

I need the machine to be sturdy, reliable, and quiet. I mostly do garment sewing but i tend to sew a lot of leather (up to 4 pieces)

I have used an older Bernina before and LOVED it. I also have used an industrial Juki and thought it was amazing. However i did not own those machines and could only use them for a little while.

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Date: 1/4/14 5:30 AM

I am a older Bernina lover, heard good things about the 350 but in all honesty I would go the JukiF600. Not experienced enough with the Pfaff to offer an opinion.

My preference with the Juki would be the ability to sew variety of things, loads of feet (cheaper than the Berninas) and the stitch quality.

Interested in others thoughts.

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Date: 1/4/14 6:29 AM

If you are planning on buying from a dealer that should weigh heavily on your decision. If you are planning on buying on-line, Juki, in my experience, would be the way to go. I bought the F600 on-line (in fact I have two) and every time I use the machine I fall in love with it all over again! Pretty easy to understand, handles all kinds of different fabric and is very reliable. And Vintagelover is correct - the feet are much more reasonably priced and you can easily accumulate the entire collection for a lot less than the Bernina.

I used to have Viking machines but was terribly disappointed in the quality of the newer machines. Bernina still maintains a stellar reputation but it was a lot more expensive than the Juki for a similar machine.

Keep us posted!

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Date: 1/4/14 7:03 AM

Quote: BJo
If you are planning on buying from a dealer that should weigh heavily on your decision. If you are planning on buying on-line, Juki, in my experience, would be the way to go. I bought the F600 on-line (in fact I have two) and every time I use the machine I fall in love with it all over again! Pretty easy to understand, handles all kinds of different fabric and is very reliable. And Vintagelover is correct - the feet are much more reasonably priced and you can easily accumulate the entire collection for a lot less than the Bernina.



I used to have Viking machines but was terribly disappointed in the quality of the newer machines. Bernina still maintains a stellar reputation but it was a lot more expensive than the Juki for a similar machine.



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HI, I notice that you bought your juki online, I also have my eyes on that machine, I would like to ask where the best place is to purchase it?
I have a friend who bought a pfaff machine who has had problems with hers and she would not buy another. I don't know however what model it was.

Thanks for any info on the Juki. Sharon
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Date: 1/4/14 8:39 AM

I also have the Juki F-600. I bought mine on line at Ken's. They gave me excellent service when the needle threader broke and I had to send it back to them. Couldn't be more courteous and very fast service. That being said, I miss the old days when you could take your machine in to a local shop to have it repaired, but those days seem to be gone, especially with the new computerized machines.

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Date: 1/4/14 12:03 PM

If it were me I would go juki as well. I haven't heard anyone unhappy with their juki 600, I have seen more ups and downs with pfaffs, not sure of the bernina model your looking at, but the model of juki you are looking at gets great reviews. I still eye it every now and then even though I have my dreamweaver which I love

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Date: 1/4/14 12:11 PM

I have the 350SE, which is the same as the PE except mine is a special edition with a fancy faceplate. I use mine mostly for piecing and as a class machine. As much as I love this machine, I wouldn't want it to be my only machine. It doesn't have presser foot pressure adjustment, which would seem to be essential for the type of sewing you do. I also think the Juki would be a better choice for you.

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Date: 1/4/14 8:13 PM

I would go the Bernina without hesitation, I have a 380 and it sews through everything! Including the 5 layers of pleather and 5 of cotton at on point in the last bag I made! I am very happy:)

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Date: 1/4/14 8:27 PM

Presser foot pressure adjustment is likely to be highly valuable to you...I'd go with the Juki.

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Date: 1/5/14 3:12 AM

If possible go test each machine you want to buy and only purchase when you are comfortable. I would not suggest relying on a brands previous reputation. All machine manufacturers are cutting corners these days and putting out less than perfect machines.

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