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Uddie
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Date: 5/9/14 9:54 AM

Hi I am a Bernina fan for 25 years owning several. Would like to get some dialogue going here about people's experiences with the B880 performance. Most appreciated

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Date: 5/9/14 10:10 AM

I'd like to hear more about this model as well. I just don't think we have many members who've got one yet.

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Date: 5/11/14 3:54 PM

There is a Bernina 880 group on yahoo

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Date: 5/14/14 4:00 PM

I'll chime in...
I work at a Bernina dealership (I think I just hung around so much that they decided they might as well put me to work). I'll admit that when the 880 was first announced I was a little underwhelmed. I bought an 830 Jan of 2013 and I was completely satisfied with it. I thought the 880 sounded like a lot of gee-whiz type features that could all basically be accomplished via software and I figured that's where I would rather make changes to embroidery designs anyway. However I will admit that the Stitch Designer caught my attention from day 1 because I have wanted that function every single time I have used a decorative stitch. (I'm not exaggerating when I say every single time.)

The floor model came in and I started piddling around with it mostly because I wanted to stay informed about our machines and I also wanted to see what the Stitch Designer was all about. So I played, and I sewed, and I tinkered...and I sold my 830 because I'm ordering an 880 this week.

What changed my mind?
I love the interface. I know it's the same basic format as the 5 and 7 series, but it really clicked for me on this machine. I liked the 830 GUI and for the most part, it was all very intuitive (I went from a 630 to an 830, so it was familiar territory in a lot of ways). But the 880 feels less cluttered and is less distracting. I use Photoshop quite a bit for digital painting, so the embroidery side of the 880 with it's layer system makes perfect sense to me.

I like the breadcrumbs/pathway of sorts that shows up when you go into the menu system. A lot of times I still have to hunt around on the 830 to remember where I found something. But it feels easier to really learn and remember where something is with the breadcrumbs. It's also easier to back out to where you were originally.

On the sewing side, the menu where you select which presser foot you are using could use a little work. I can't remember specific examples at the moment, but there have been a few times where the foot I wanted to use wasn't one of the available selections. However, I haven't had a chance to use it much since the last update, so maybe that has been addressed.

I LOVE the Stitch Designer. I just read the manual a bit, then started tinkering and I had a finished custom stitch that I was really happy with (and have wanted since I first started sewing) a lot faster than I expected. I'll be the first to admit that I can be overly picky about details. As a result, every time I have ever done a project and wanted to use a decorative stitch, I would have something specific in mind and then I'd end up either having to settle for something that would work, or just not use a decorative stitch at all because nothing was quite what I wanted. I think this feature may be what I am the most excited about.

The Color Wheel and additional embroidery editing features are becoming more and more appealing to me. Granted some of this is specific to my situation, but my computer lives downstairs and the sewing machine lives upstairs. Long story, but this setup isn't likely to change for several years. I also am blessed with an 8 month old daughter, so my sewing time is often very limited. Anything that keeps me from having to run downstairs and back or saves a little more time, is extremely appealing.

As far as just pure performance and reliability, our floor model has been rock solid and totally dependable. If anyone is interested, then I'll be happy to update once I have mine and have sewn on it for a bit.

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Date: 5/14/14 4:26 PM

I'm sure all the Berninaphiles here would be interested. Also, what is the MSRP, and what do they generally sell for on the mainland?

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Date: 5/14/14 5:40 PM

Can you tell me if the 880 is like the 820/830 machines in that it doesn't really like having two different threads in the bobbin and in the top thread path. I have been considering an 8 series, but my good friend with an 820 says it is almost impossible to sew with two different threads. Although that isn't something I do all the time, there are plenty of situations in which that is something I need. My older Berninas have no problem with that, but my friend tells me that the 820/830 is too finicky to permit that. I've had dealers tell me the same thing, so I've been re-thinking that maybe a 7 series is better, since they don't seem to have the same problem with two different thread types/weights/etc. Do you know?

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Date: 5/14/14 6:00 PM

I've had my 830 for almost two years now and I almost never use the same thread in the bottom and the top. I don't do a lot of garments so it doesn't matter to me if the threads are the same so I just use what's convenient.
I think every machine is a bit different.

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Date: 5/15/14 10:04 PM

I love that you named all of your sewing machines. I have a 780 and love it, but I cannot say I have heard many ladies complain about the thread problem you mention. A woman I know just made a beautiful embroidered wall hanging on an 880. The bobbin thread was 50 wt and she used Isacord for her embroidery thread. It looked fabulous.

Try the 880 out and see if it is the one for you. I never bonded with the 8 Series. I wanted to, but it wasn't for me. I preferred the new 9 hook that comes on the 7 series and I didn't like the automatic top threading on the 8 series, so it was the best choice for me. You need to look at the machines and make that decision for yourself. Take your own thread down to the dealer and see if the 880 performs to your expectations.

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Date: 5/16/14 7:19 AM

Hmmmmm.... I haven't found my 830LE to be finicky with thread at all and I've put over 5 million stitches on my machine.

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Date: 5/16/14 8:12 AM

My 820 has been fine with different thread in the top and bobbin. I admit I have tweaked the bobbin tension a couple of times in this situation. The ease and ability to adjust the bobbin tension is my favorite feature of my 820. I often sew with different threads and different weights.

I have not experienced a problem with thread at all on my machine, including monofilament. Just adjusted tensions. Although I have to say that my current dealer told me that they could not use Aurifil in their demo 8 models, nor could their customers. I found this very odd as Aurifil is the thread I use most often in my 820!

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