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Date: 6/4/14 2:56 AM


I've had my Artista 200 for almost a year now and the one thing it didn't come with was a walking foot. I usually just take the quilting to my trusty Brother PC 420 since it did come with one, but the Bernina handles thick fabric so much better that I would love to try it with her... I tried it without the walking foot and got puckers on the top and bottom...

So, I need to get a walking foot.... The problem is that Bernina walking feet are 200 dollars! I don't consider myself cheap, but I'm also not a millionaire and I'm saving to go to nursing school.... I just can't pay 200 dollars for a presser foot just because it has the word Bernina printed on the side.... I've had entire machines that didn't cost that much!

So I've been looking into (be sitting down before you read this) generic walking feet for my Bernina. There, I said it.... it was hard!

There is one that looks identical to the Bernina one, but isn't 200 dollars... I don't know if Bernina makes their own walking feet or if they contract them out like they do their sergers, but if they do, this foot could even be made in the same factory as the Bernina one... it looks that identical minus the word Bernina printed on the side... It even has the rubber teeth like the real Bernina one does... I'd love to experience that since I've only used walking feet with plastic teeth hitherto.

Online, opinions seem to vary... Some people think that it might not be as durable as the genuine one, but that it's still ok... others are a bit more extreme and seem to think that if you get a generic foot within 10 feet of your Bernina, the machine will instantly turn into a puddle of molten plastic and metal.... they also cite voiding warranty issues but since I'm the second owner of the machine, the shop that originally sold it went out of business a few years ago, and the machine is practically vintage... it was made in 2002 which was the year I graduated high school.... there's no issue with warranty, there isn't a warranty anymore!

So, what do you think? I'm just starting to like the machine and don't want her to contract a fatal or incurable disease just because daddy didn't buy her name brand shoes! But 200 dollars!?

I'm going to try to attach a link to the foot in question, but PR doesn't work very well on my phone....


Thankswalking foot

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Bernina Artista 200 (Miss Priss)
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Date: 6/4/14 9:49 AM

It is a chunka change. I have heard others say they've used generics ok. Personally I feel I have so much invested in my machine I want to use accessories made specifically for it to fit and perform perfectly. And I also want to support dealers so they'll be there when I need them, either for purchase, education, service - ya can't take a machine like this to Acme Sew 'n Vac where they may be fine at basic mechanicals but are not getting trained by the manufacturer on computerized complicated machinery!
So if it were me I'd try and hold off until I could afford it but enhance my effort by getting on every mail/email list for dealers in my area, going in and asking about upcoming sales or discounts if you're a club member, if there are coupons you don't know about, etc., or check the yahoo sewitsforsale list where a lot of folks buy/trade/sell different equipment as they upgrade, downsize, acquire muliples, etc.!

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Date: 6/4/14 9:55 AM

The accessories made for your machine are the best to buy. Karen is right on. You have an excellent machine, why not accessorize it over time with the best accessories for it! Bernina dealers often have 25% coupons for accessories. Sign up for a newsletter from a local dealer and see what you can accumulate over the next few years!You might also advertise here in the WANTED for a previously owned foot.

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Date: 6/4/14 9:55 AM

I have the real foot for both my Mechanical 1010 and the computerized group. They are very substantal and well made. I have a generic for my Singers and there is absolutely no comparison.

The one for my Singers is absolutely chessy compared to the real Bernina one. I know it's expensive but it comes with three foot options and a guide. I think it's totally worth the investment but I can tell you I got the real one for the computerized group on Ebay.

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Date: 6/4/14 10:13 AM

The generic ones are clunky and noisy too! The Bernina one comes with 3 different soles for different applications. I use mine frequently.
It is oh so worth it!!
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Date: 6/4/14 10:24 AM

I bought the Bernina #50 walking foot about a year ago from my dealer and I didn't pay anything like $200 although I don't remember exactly how much it was.
There are some on ebay in the under $100 range.
I have to say that whatever it cost, it was well worth the price, it works amazingly well.


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Date: 6/4/14 10:46 AM

Try ebay or SewItsForSale or even see if the Bernina yahoo groups allow ISO posts. There are accessories for which the generic is fine, but the walking foot isn't one I'd try. I've never heard of the walking foot being one of those where the brand name is identical to the generic (which is the case with the Suisei binders). If it were, I think it would have been mentioned here or the yahoo groups and someone would have heard of it.

The Bernina walking foot now comes with 3 interchangeable soles. If you buy an older one with just 2 soles, you can buy just the new sole separately.

I understand about saving for nursing school! Graduated 18+ years ago. Best of luck!

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Date: 6/4/14 4:24 PM

Being the ever skeptical person that I am, I purchased some of the knock off walking feet to see if they were indeed worth buying. They narrowly missed making a decent product. Where Bernina uses what I assume to be a teflon sleeve over the piece on the arm that actuates the feed dogs, the knock offs use metal on metal. My experience was that after about 3 months there started to appear on the fabric, fine metal shavings that stained. Upon disassembling the walking foot, I found substantial wear and would conclude that the viable life of this foot was very short. I have already contacted the distributor and made them aware. I don't know if there will be any changes. At this point, I certainly can't recommend them.

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Date: 6/5/14 0:55 AM

My dealer gets used accessories in all the time. Let your dealer know you're on the lookout for a walking foot. Maybe one will turn up.

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Date: 6/5/14 7:53 AM

Thanks for this answer Cruzer. It's nice to have evidence to back up the claim that the generic walking foot is inferior.

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