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|Bernina:930 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About scottiechick |
|Member since: 8/22/09 |
|Reviews written: 3|
|sewing machines reviewed: 3|
|Posted on:||3/1/13 8:31 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$500|
|Had this machine for:||4 years (now sold)|
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- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Embroidery Machine
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|What scottiechick likes about this machine|
I love the fit and finish of the 930. Everything is so solid and well built, and it really shows.
The machine is intuitive and easy to use, and can support a sewer for a long time, granted that they're likely sewing with mostly woven materials.
This machine does a great job on every woven fabric I've thrown at it!
It also holds it value relatively well.
I would recommend this machine for quilters, and folks who are going to focus on woven materials, and don't mind the lack of presser foot pressure. Even though it's a great machine, it's not as versatile as I thought it would be.
What scottiechick does not like about this machine
Lack of adjustable presser foot pressure! *This machine does not have adjustable presser foot pressure, unlike the what the features list mentions above and wouldn't let me edit out* That's why I ultimately sold the machine. I'm a garment sewer, and mostly sew knits, and the lack of adjustable presser foot pressure was just a deal killer for me. Even with a walking foot and adjusting everything under the sun, I couldn't get a result I was happy with.
The power board (circuit board that controls the needle up/down and the 1/2 power feature) is another huge weakness of this machine. I actually went through the expense of replacing mine, as I thought I'd be keeping the machine, and I found a Bernina certified tech on a nearby island who could do it for $350. (My local Seattle Bernina dealer quoted me $800-900 for the board and labor ALONE, not including the tune-up, etc.) Yikes. So if you're looking to purchase this machine, and the board hasn't been replaced, I would find out in advance the price from your local dealer for replacement (if they can even source the circuit board). If the board goes out, the machine will only sew about 90 stitches per minute, max, so it pretty much renders it unusable.
I wanted to bond with this machine, I really did. I kept if for 4 years before finally selling, thinking that I'd pull it out to use it and just love it one day. But that day never came.
I had it tuned and cleaned every year, and took excellent care of it, but I avoided using it because knew it would be a fight to get an acceptable result. I'm not saying that other folks can't get great results, but the particulars of how my machine broke in over time and the lack of pressure adjustment just didn't jive with the type of sewing I do.
I actually held off on selling it, until I found a new quilter who wanted it that could test it in person. I wanted to make sure that the person who bought it would have the greatest chance of happiness and would use it in a capacity in which it excelled.
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