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|Bernina:B780E (Sewing Machine)|
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|About Fewk |
|Member since: 12/14/08 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||3/10/13 8:14 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$8999|
|Had this machine for:||Two months|
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|What Fewk likes about this machine|
I love my Bernina 780E which I purchased the week after Christmas. I had been having problems with my Bernina 820, which I had purchased four years ago, and as everyone I spoke to implied all my problems were caused by user error I pretty much threw my hands up and decided to cut my loses and trade it in. I considered purchasing the Bernina 830 because I had read that the 830 was so much better than the 820 but when I sewed on one in the store, I had flash backs to the problems I had experienced on the 820. Because I believe a lot of my problems were caused by purchasing the 820 when it first came out (rather than waiting for Bernina to fix all the glitches) I was nervous about purchasing a first year model but my choice was between 780E or the 830LE.
The 780E comes with ten feet Ė 1C, 1D, 2A, 3A, 4D, 5, 8D, 20C, 40C, 26, and the BSR. Not sure why the 37D is not included. I bought one immediately. As with all Bernina sewing machines, the 780E is easy to thread. I love the semi-automatic needle threader. I really disliked the threader on the Bernina 820 which is fully automatic and I found it finicky. I find the threader on the 780 to be much easier to use. The 7" screen is bright and clear and the color of the background can be changed. There are 30 LED lights that illuminate both the needle area and over the free arm. The brightness is adjustable. I love the huge bobbin which is 80 percent bigger than a regular bobbin. When free motion quilting using the 820 I used three bobbins in my quilting. I now only use one of the 780 bobbins for the equivalent sized quilt, to provide some idea of the difference. If I have a nesting problem, it is easy to fix compared to the 820. I just take the whole bobbin casing out and work with it. Putting the casing back is easy because of a green dot that you can see through a hole in the casing to line it up Ė and it is magnetized so if you are reasonably close it will snap into place.
In addition to quilting I make bags with lots of bulk at intersections. The 820 never liked bulk and I had to hand crank the wheel to prevent problems. The 780 will punch through bulk easily. It is a joy to sew with.
The presser foot floats as you place the fabric into position. Once you start sewing the foot is lowered. This is a feature that the 820 has and I would have difficulty giving it up. All future sewing machines will have to have a floating presser foot.
This machine has an automatic thread cutter and a manual thread cutter on the side.
I love that you donít have to remove the embroidery unit when regular sewing is required. You simply put it in park and the arm moves to the left out of the way and as the extension table does not have to be removed while the embroidery unit is connected you can simply start sewing.
I had read that there was a potential for tension problems on the 7 series. I have not experienced any tension problems at all. It sews like a dream. It is also a lot of fun to use when free motion quilting.
There is so much more to learn about this wonderful sewing machine and I have only scratched the surface. Iíve taken three classes at Hinkletown Sewing Center, which have been extremely helpful. The folks at Hinkletown are so professional and helpful and they make it a point to make sure your sewing experience is a good one. While waiting for the classes I learned a lot by watching some great tutorials on the Bernina website.
I really enjoy using this machine and will provide an update after I've had it longer.
What Fewk does not like about this machine
I miss the clock. Because I do a lot of free motion stitching I wish it had a 12 minch area for sewing like the 820 and not just 10 inches.
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