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|Bernette:bernette 200 (Sewing Machine)|
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|Reviewed by:||Tommy SoHappy|
|About Tommy SoHappy |
|Member since: 9/3/11 |
|Reviews written: 3|
|sewing machines reviewed: 3|
|Posted on:||7/1/13 2:40 AM|
|Approx price paid:||$15|
|Had this machine for:||1 year|
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|What Tommy SoHappy likes about this machine|
The Bernette 200 sewing machine was a marvelous find at a garage sale (yup, $15.00) This particular model was made in West Germany. It is a mechanical machine supported by a sturdy metal frame covered by beige and maroon plastic body panels. The Bernette 200 includes a refined, well constructed foot pedal. The machine is capable of a handful of useful stretch stitches. Accurate and dial adjustable top thread tension. The bottom tension is adjusted at the bobbin and rarely needs adjusting. The stitch length and stitch width are wheel adjusted on the front panel. A reverse button is handy on the front panel as well. The machine accepts universal snap on feet.
The lady selling the machine had not used it much since it's purchase new (late 1970's). Having sat unused the lubricants had dried and formed a varnish that seized some of the bearings, hence the zig zag stitch would not function. At home I applied a simple fix that requires only time, a bit of penetrating oil, and a willingness to figure out how to take the body panels off to expose the gearing (every machine is different). Every bearing surface and moving part got a dab of penetrating lubricant. Once lubed, and the parts moved gently by hand until freed, it ran perfectly.
The Bernette 200 is an amazing little machine. The stitch quality is on par with any well built sewing machine out there. The stitch length and stitch width are wheel adjusted. The zig zag, along with the other decorative stretch stitches can be brought to a near zero in stitch length appearing as embroidery, and do not bunch or miss stitches. The straight stitch length can be set for a long gallup or slowed to a barely discernible crawl until the stitches appear as a solid line - a thing of beauty to those of us who've in the past owned cheap digital sewing machines purchased at box stores. The feed dogs on the Bernette 200 have never failed to reliably feed every type fabric fed through them. I've sewn sheer fabrics, siliconized nylon, loose knit, everything thrown at it feeds perfectly.
Another impressive attribute of this little machine is the old school penetrating power. I can run up and over several folded layers of denim without balking or missing a stitch. The foot pedal is sensitive and accurate enough to allow the user to creep along with lugging power when in a tight spot, then sing along at higher speeds when the coast is clear and you just want to join fabric and run a stitch in a straight line.
What Tommy SoHappy does not like about this machine
As with many sewing machines, the light bulb is pretty anemic - about the only useful function the light provides is that it lets you know the power button is turned on :). I suppose there is an aftermarket bulb that would provide better lighting, but I haven't checked into it. I can buy Bernina plastic bobbins inexpensively at a local sewing center that will fit this machine, and I've seen a few Bernette 200's on ebay that could be purchased for parts if I needed the parts.
I can find no fault with this wonderful piece of craftsmanship and thank my lucky stars I brought it home.
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