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Even Bernina says they don't have a machine that meets my needs!!!
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Date: 1/9/14 11:08 AM

Ok... this is humorous....



All I want is a cool machine that can do artsy-fartsy & quilting like stuff... (notice - no embroidery) ... and Bernina basically says that they have *nothing* for me in a standard size machine.

No wonder I keep finding reasons to not buy... even Bernina agrees with me!

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Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
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APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 1/9/14 11:14 AM

How about a 710? Large harp, 9 mm, dual feed, no embroidery....
Standard size -- 560 -- 9 mm, no dual feed, embroidery optional....
530 or 550QE -- 5.5 mm, no dual feed, no embroidery....
-- Edited on 1/9/14 11:29 AM --

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Date: 1/9/14 11:24 AM

I really posted this just to be funny.... because I keep getting bummed out every time I look at Berninas.

It would be really cool to have an 880 here so I could play with *all* of Bernina gadgets - including that Paintworks thingie.

But for now, I'm just looking for a 5.5mm machine to be able to take to classes and also have the smaller feet for some of the screwball stuff I like to work on.

I thought by selecting "most options" it would probably throw me to a 580 or something... (because I picked standard size)... and instead, I clunked out.

I just found it humorous.

Seems by the way this turned up this result... if you pick "quilting".. it's automatically figuring out that you wouldn't be happy with anything less than a 7 series mammoth.

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Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 1/9/14 11:32 AM

If you're looking for a 5.5 mm Bernina, you have plenty to choose from.

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Date: 1/9/14 11:38 AM

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If you're looking for a 5.5 mm Bernina, you have plenty to choose from.

Problem is... I'm spoiled with automatic threaders and thread cutters. Seems those are impossible to get on a 5.5 machine.

There are times I'm working with some screwball project (that most sane people probably wouldn't have an interest in! lol) that I really despise these big, fat, feet on both of my new machines.

It's like trying to draw a fine line with a crayon.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 1/9/14 11:43 AM

I'm kind of leaning towards a 550qe someday... it has the knee lifter and a BSR. And quite a few stitches - which I do use quite a bit because I have this obsession with selvedge edge projects.

I think I might like the BSR gizmo.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 1/9/14 11:45 AM

No scissors function on Bernina's 5.5mm machines, but semi-automatic needle threader. I love my 5.5 mm machines for piecing and garment sewing.

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Date: 1/9/14 11:47 AM

The 530 is also BSR compatible, but you have to buy it separately. It also has the FHS. It took me awhile to get comfortable with my BSR, but we're buddies now.

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Date: 1/9/14 11:59 AM

I think you would find the semi automatic needle threader okay. My Juki has to be attempted a few times before engaging. I found Bernina's semi-auto to be the best I'd ever tried. Works very well, and every time. Mine on the 780 even threads on a size 10 needle.

Do you think they returned no machine found because you chose 4 options and it says to choose up to 3? As you noted, they are only recommending 7 on up for machine quilting. Makes sense in this day and age where there are so many long harp machines from all the brands. If you do a lot of machine quilting, you really are going to want the longer harp - and there are a lot of options out there.



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Date: 1/9/14 12:17 PM

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The 530 is also BSR compatible, but you have to buy it separately. It also has the FHS. It took me awhile to get comfortable with my BSR, but we're buddies now.

The Bernina site shows the BSR is included in the 550qe.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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