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|Bernina:330 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About MaryStern |
|Member since: 2/11/10 |
|Reviews written: 15|
|Favored by: 5 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 7|
|Posted on:||6/8/13 1:23 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$917|
|Had this machine for:||0ne week|
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- Needle Threader
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- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What MaryStern likes about this machine|
While I've only had this beautiful machine a week, I am not new to Bernina. About ten years ago I owned a Bernina Activa 145 and two years later used it as part of a trade up package for a new Bernina Artista 200E.
Those machines were a dream to sew on and I hauled that 200 machine to many a class on embroidery. When I had to make my daughter's wedding dress in under two weeks (my son-in-law had just received orders to go to Iraq) and wound up using only the straight stitch on the 200, I knew then it was way too much technology for me.
My search for a machine this time around brought me back to Bernina. After watching and thoroughly enjoying the "Great British Sewing Bee: Britain's Search for the Best Home Sewer," I was thunderstruck by the beautiful sewing and garments produced with very simple but well executed techniques and a basic machine. Now I didn't feel so alone in wanting to simplify my sewing life!
I purchased my machine from a great dealer about 20 minutes drive from my home. The Bernina B330 is a solid basic computer sewing machine with a 5 mm stitch width, 5mm stitch length, and 40 stitches. This model also comes with an easy to slide on and off extension table- very ergonomic! The lighting is stellar, really, and no more searching to put the feed dogs down because an easy to push button is on the side by the hand wheel!
The foot pedal is large and weighty- no slipping around. The screen display is very clear and the buttons push effortlessly and soundlessly- yay!! There is a needle up/down button AND a pattern-end button so you can complete a decorative stitch or reinforce a basic stitch. There is a reverse button and believe it or not the machine has one alphabet set, too! The letters can be programmed into memory and they stitch out very well at 5 mm- pretty clear and bold enough.
A FHS lever is an option for this model, though standard on the 350 and 380. The speed control slider is great! This model does NOT have an automatic thread trimmer, but I don't miss this feature at all. The other models have a cutter.
This is a full size sewing machine and is almost the same size as the B440 I compared it with in the dealership. I've noticed several folks consider this a 3/4 size machine and perhaps, next to the Bernina tanks with embroidery modules that may be the case. Placing this machine next to other brands in my studio, the B330 is a full size machine. It is certainly bigger than my Active 145 was!
I find the machine weighs close to 19 lbs. so it is still portable to take to a class. I love the very substantial canvas cover with pockets and this slips right over the machine. The large handle on the machine is easy and comfortable to grip and slips right through the top of the cover. The accessories come stored in a beautiful little canvas pouch and this slips into one of the pockets on the cover. No more lugging around large plastic storage bins for feet!
I love the stitch package on the 330! I has everything I need and some wonderfully designed decorative stitches. It does have a one step buttonhole, and that's fine enough for me. However, if one needed more, the 350 or 380 models are all the same machine just with many more stitch functions, buttonholes, and decorative stitches. Since I do have other machines with several buttonhole options I could always use those.
I should mention the wonderful Bernina stitch quality and precision of this model machine- perfection! No problems going through several layers of cloth and batting when I was test stitching. The machine is pretty quiet overall, winds a great bobbin, and the extension table has a magnifying insert placed right where you can see to open the door for the bobbin case. The door is easy to pull open, and the finger of the bobbin case to pull it in and out is positioned very well so you go right to it and don't have to fish around.
The B330 and its sisters are specifically designed with outstanding ergonomic features. I am emphasizing this because as an older sewer I am really in need of certain features that many basic or vintage machines just don't provide. I also teach sewing, and let me tell you, the next opportunity I have to purchase a new machine for the studio, the B330 is a very affordable solid choice for newbies or younger learners, too.
Some folks may complain about this but an ergonomic feature of the machine is the capacity to use snap on feet instead of the traditional Bernina presser feet. Now the traditional foot is really pretty easy to change out, but just snapping on a zipper foot, etc. is even easier in my opinion. I had several feet from a previous 5mm width machine that snap on and function very well on this Bernina, and that is a nice cost saving feature.
I think the harp size is pretty good for most sewing and quilting up to a full size quilt. Though I have not quilted on this machine, I have quilted up to a full size on my other regular sized machines without issues. I LOVE the markings on the machine and table- very clear to read and sew on point!!! This is a really nice feature in my opinion.
Since I do all kinds of sewing and quilting, wow, this machine has a lot of bang for a very affordable price!
What MaryStern does not like about this machine
If I come across any issue over time as I use it, I will come back and update the review. For now, this machine fits the bill in quality stitching, ease of use and simplicity!
The consumer marketing for this machine emphasizes that this is a "beginning" machine or for the "occasional" sewer. This is sheer propaganda! To those of you who are sewists/quilters and are looking for a solid machine you will not have to mortgage your home for, you may just want to try out this Bernina model.
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