|Bernina:Activa 230PE (Sewing Machine)|
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|Reviewed by:||Darci Falin|
|About Darci Falin |
|Member since: 12/7/08 |
|Reviews written: 2|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||9/1/13 2:31 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$1200|
|Had this machine for:||since about 2008|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Auto Threading
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|What Darci Falin likes about this machine|
I love that it is fairly basic and uncomplicated, and has beautiful even stitches. It's a strong and sturdy little machine that stitches effortlessly over several layers of denim.
Must-have (imho) features include:
up or down needle stop
feeddogs can be lowered for freeform sewing
presser feet clip on quickly and easily
amazing variety of presser feet (only a few included tho)
needle threader works great
My previous machine was mechanical – a Necchi from the '70s. The above features have changed my life! There are also dozens of "fancy" stitches on this machine – more than I'll ever use.
What Darci Falin does not like about this machine
For the first year or so, this machine seemed very sensitive to getting "dirty." I had to clean it consistently after every project or it would become loud and sometimes not stitch quite right (like the tension was off or something). However, the longer I've had it, the smoother it's become. I only clean it out when I remember to (and am sometimes surprised at how much fiber has built up in there!). I've only had it professionally cleaned once – at the one-year mark, because it was free.
Which leads me to the next problem. Owning a Bernina can be expensive. The bobbins are expensive, and the presser feet are SUPER-expensive – like buying jewelry. Seriously. Getting it cleaned and maintained is expensive. Or maybe it's just my local dealer.
Plus, there are some plastic parts that I broke early on: part of the tracking that slides the little removable table onto the sewing arm (tho it is still stable enough), and a similar bit for a sewing guide that slides onto said table.
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