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Date: 6/15/14 11:44 PM

Hi there, I am the owner of a 580 and 780 machine. I purchased the 780 when it was first released because of the dual feed and larger harp size. Unfortunately I have not had many opportunities to use the machine due to0 it living mainly with my dealer. It has the common problem (with these machines) of not sewing an acceptable straight stitch. Even Bernina Australia have now agreed that the machine has had all the best technical attention and acknowledge that it doesnt meet "my" standards. My only option now is to pay the extra for an 830 or 880 machine. My dealer didnt want to sell me an 830 when I bought the 780 due to the problems his customers were having with, many traded their 8 series machine for a 7 series one. My dealer said he decided to not bring in any 880 machines so I am unable to test drive one. I was wondering if anyone out there owns an 880 machine or has test driven one. Also what is the current opinion with the 830 machines. From my reading it seemed that an update caused some peoples machines to become noisey. At the time I purchased the 780, I chose it over the TOL husqvarna because of it quietness. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks.

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Date: 6/16/14 0:27 AM

I was prepared to buy a 780 when they first came out but decided against it after I did some testing on it (stitching was horrible). It was my understanding that they fix the machine. I did a test drive on the 880 and it seemed to sew ok however if I buy a Bernina it will be a 580 - for the price it seemed to stitch better to me on some of the stitches than the 780 and the 880.

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Date: 6/16/14 6:50 AM

I had an 830 and never had a problem. I upgraded to the 880 after attending Sewapolooza. I love the 880 even more. I have a wonderful dealer and haven't had a problem with functionality or stitch quality.

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Date: 6/16/14 8:52 AM

Have you looked into the 880 yahoo group? Overwhelmingly the comments are extremely positive. The new 830s seem to be relatively trouble free as well. It would appear that Bernina has worked out the bugs of the 8-series.

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Date: 6/16/14 9:11 AM

Here's a quote I copied out of another thread on the Berninas:

... "I've had the B880 since last October and have not had any problems. Mine stitches beautifully. I know there were some problems with some of the 830's, especially the earlier ones, but lots of owners have loved them. There is a yahoo group for the 830 and also one for the 880. If you join both of those groups you can ask questions from lots of 830 and 880 owners. I have noticed that on the 830 group, there are some frustrated owners; but most seem really happy with their machines. On the 880 group, there just hasn't seemed to be any serious problems. I'm suspecting that whatever was changed between the 830 and the 880 made the 880 model a little more stable. But I don't really know and have never owned the 830, so I can't really compare. HTH!"
this was posted on 6/14 by SewYoyFuNV

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