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Date: 6/3/14 12:25 PM

Yesterday, DH wanted to go to a store that's in a part of town we don't usually venture to, simply because we don't have a reason to go there very often. I decided that since we were going that way, I'd stop at a machine dealer I know of in the area (I used to live in this area). They used to sell Brother machines, but they don't anymore - it's all Bernina. So, I looked. And tested. And they are nice machines, and as far as dollar amounts, not as expensive as I thought. But when it comes to features ... I don't think they have as many features of other brands at the price points I was quoted. Still, I dreamed about the 550QE all of last night. LOL

I did really like the 3 series - they seem like they would make great travel machines, and the prices were reasonable.

I have read of some problems with Bernina machines lately, but aren't those mostly confined to the 7 & 8 series?

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Date: 6/3/14 12:31 PM

I have a 580 and no problems to report at all! I'm a Bernina girl primarily because I love the precision and reliabilty they have and all my machines can share the same accessories. My 580 will undoubtably be the last machine I buy for a very, very long time but I'm very please with it.

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Bernina 1010, Activa 220, B580, B780
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Date: 6/3/14 12:49 PM

Why dream of the B550 when you could dream of the B560?

There's been some buttonhole issues with the 5 series, but AFAIK that's been corrected. Otherwise, yes, issues seem to be more with the 7 & 8 series machines, not the 3s and 5s.

I think the 5 series are such pretty machines (especially the B560), in a nice standard size with a decent set of features.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 6/3/14 1:10 PM

She didn't even show me a 560 ... I wonder how much that would be? I did just take a glance at my regular dealer's website and they sell Bernina too (I thought they did, but I wasn't sure). They are an hour away but I love them. I might need to take a little drive soon and see how much these machines are with them - they tend to have really good prices, though the other dealer is close at hand, and I probably would need lessons on it.

What really surprised me was that I got the same feeling of chemistry when I sat down at the Berninas that I get with the Brother - and that I never have experienced with my Janome or Viking (the Viking is my mom's so it stays, but I don't use it often). I really didn't expect to like the Bernina, but I DID. I mean, I had dreams about it all night ... that's gotta mean something, right?

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Brother DreamCreator VM5100
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White Serger (I can never remember the model, but it's older)
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Date: 6/3/14 1:16 PM

Quote:
that's gotta mean something, right?


Uh huh. It means another case of SMAD.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 6/3/14 1:23 PM

Lynn, you should come with your own enabler alert/warning label. LOL

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Brother DreamCreator VM5100
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White Serger (I can never remember the model, but it's older)
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Date: 6/3/14 1:25 PM

She may not have the 560? (Lynn Rowe does the 560 have hoover feature?)
I have a 380 its a sweet machine, Im PM ing you.
The 560 is a very versital machine. And you can add embroidery if ever you want to. It is more the question of what you would prefer a 9mm rotary hook machine with the possibility of adding embroidery or a 5.5mm machine with the oscilating hook as in the 5 and 3 series.
The 7's were off to a rocky start but Bernina has address most all issues with them. They are still working on a fix for the less then perfect far right from center straight stitch. They are wonderful inovated machines, give them a look too. (a different higher price point)
Berninas do not have all the bells and whistles that other machines have at the same pricepoint. No multidirectional stitches is the biggest one I can think of. However I feel they make up for it in otherways.

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Date: 6/3/14 2:04 PM

The 560 doesn't have auto hover, and has the manual presser foot lift. It does come with the FHS, for those who like knee lifts.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 6/3/14 2:04 PM

Oops, did my warning label fall off?

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 6/3/14 2:42 PM

Why yes, yes it did, Lynn. LOL

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Janome 8900
Brother DreamCreator VM5100
Singer 500A
White Serger (I can never remember the model, but it's older)
Dreaming of a Babylock Enlighten!

My blog - http://texansun.wordpress.com/

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