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Bernina 380 vs bernina aurora 440QE
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Date: 5/20/14 5:13 PM

Hi there,

I'm thinking about picking up a second (used) machine and a dealer about an hour from me has both of these machines used available. I am currently sewing on the viking opal 670, and while I do like it, I don't love it. Also, anytime I'd need it serviced, there is quite a wait time ( like 2-4 weeks) so a backup would be nice.

The 380 is $1199 and the 440 is $1250 so not much difference. The bernina dealer down the street from me sells the 350PE for $1799.

I don't know a ton about Berninas except I've liked them when I've tried them out. Any info on those two used models? Are those good prices?

Thanks so much! Jamie

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Date: 5/20/14 5:47 PM


The biggest differences 440, full sized machine. Takes the BSR but is older, has embroidery possibility but needs to cabled to your computer to do so.
Has foot pressure adjustment the 380 does not.

380, new current model, better lighting, more portable. Very smooth has full size power. Is considered a 3/4 machine. But is still very solid and weight is 18lbs.


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Date: 5/20/14 6:00 PM

My dealer sells the 380 with full shank feet $1699 brand new so that price seems fair for a used one. I think that's a very fair price for the 440. Do you now if it was one made in Switzerland or Thailand? It's an excellent machine although older than the 380. Is the dealer offering any kind of warranty on either machine? I would take your fabrics and test them both to see which suits you better. The 440 will have adjustable foot pressure and is a full sized machine.

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Date: 5/20/14 6:43 PM

Thanks for the information. I'm not sure if a warranty is offered. I know they are serviced by authorized dealers/technicians before being put on the floor. Lessons are also included but I doubt I would utilize them as it would entail an hour trip into the city.

So the 440 is a full size and has the potential for embroidery. I'm not interested in embroidery really...But I'm not sure how I feel about the 3/4 size. I do mostly garmet sewing, with some home dec and have dipped my little toe into quilting...

I'll have to check them both out.

I know the Bernina dealer near me sells the 380 for more than $1699 because the 350 is either $1799 or $1899. I've been looking at them for a year She very rarely does sales either.

I ultimately went with the Viking when looking at machines last year. but would love a Bernina as well. I looked up some reviews and am kind of shocked by the price differences among dealers. If my dealer sold the 350pe for $1099 (I saw that price on 2 reviews I think) I definitely would've gone that route vs the VH opal...
I guess I need to make a trip into the city... Thanks ladies!
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Date: 5/21/14 11:03 AM

I will add my 2cents worth. The 440 is a better choice for your sewing needs. A perfect sm for garment...dec...and quilting.

I have the B330 and it is a nice sm...great for piecing...and as a travel sm. It did poorly with a quilt sandwich even with a walking foot. Also with repairing elastic to my sweatpants waistband...it was struggling and I was having to feed it through...not something I like doing with any sm. It does not have adjustable foot pressure and it does not have the extra high foot presser lift. I believe the 350 and 380's lack these features as well...

I may be partial to the 440...it has always been my dream...I am presently deciding on the 440 or 630/635. There is a great love here on PR for the 630/635 you may want to take a look see with these models as well.

Good luck with your decision making :)




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Date: 5/21/14 11:20 AM

Hands down 630/635 for you, Cheryl.

For the OP, I would go with the 440. She is not interested in embroidery and this machine is a good strong machine for garments and home dec. I believe she would not be disappointed in the performance of the 440.

I admit I do not know anything about the 380. Never tried one. I did try a 450, and the 440 is not that much different, except the width of the feed dogs. I nearly bought the 450, as it was a great machine. I am delighted I bought the 630, though. I love my 630.

What I am saying is find the machine that Sings to you. Do not settle for one that does not make you thrilled to sit and sew with it. You will be so much happier if you buy what makes you really happy.

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Date: 5/21/14 11:32 AM

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I may be partial to the 440...it has always been my dream...I am presently deciding on the 440 or 630/635.

Cheryl, I'd take the 635 over the 440 any day. I owned both. I had to trade in my 635 for the 8 series since I do not need or want two machines. While the 440 is an excellent sewing machine, the 635 offers SO much more. There IS a difference. Get the 635!

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Date: 5/21/14 2:40 PM

Thank you Learn To Sew and Sew Busy...

I love the look of the 635/630... saving my coins

I am not into embroidery so maybe just maybe another one will come along w/o the emb mod. :)

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Date: 5/21/14 6:09 PM

I have a B380 and love it! I got it second hand from a dealer for a similar price. However if the 440 is only slight more expensive and has all the accessories ie walking foot then it would be better value. If you can sew on both that would probably sway you one way or the other. It may also be work asking about how many hours each has done and what accessories are included.

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Date: 5/22/14 11:14 AM

I will add my 2 cents after reading through all the comments.
Make a list of needs, wants, and most important aspects of how this machine will be used. (I have quilting and sewn multiple layers with my 380 and never a stall)
Test them thoughly.
Bring your own fabrics. Mimic what you sew, threads and fabrics. Test the power of each machine.
Sew out buttonholes.
Notice sounds, and light.
A sewing machine in this price range is not a throwaway.
You may have it for years. Try to look beyond the price tags as they are not so far apart, and just decide if there is one that you love. If not walk away and wait til you find one you do.

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