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Bernette Deco 500
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Date: 6/13/07 7:38 PM

Hi Ladies! Looking to venture in to embroidery... and saw a classified for a used Bernette Deco 500. Anything you can tell me about this machine, pros/cons, anything at all would be helpful!! TIA!!

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Date: 6/13/07 8:41 PM

Hello Evatgirl73

There are three reviews on this sm in PR. Give that a try, and be sure to scroll all the way down to read the comments.

Surely, someone who currently has this sm will post, also.

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Date: 6/13/07 8:50 PM

Thanks, I looked there first (none of the reviews are for that specific model) and also searched the boards, came up with nothing.

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Date: 6/13/07 11:02 PM

I bought a used one for my first embroidery machine several to test the water, it was easy to use and takes BBD embroidery cards, which aren't too expensive, especially on Ebay. It's wonderful for basic embroidery, it uses the small 4x4 hoop. I sold mine a few years ago for a couple of hundred $ because I upgraded.

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Date: 6/13/07 11:30 PM

Thanks Diane. This seller has small and large frames for it, so I assumed it would do 5x7 too..? I asked her about it as well. Are there ways to download designs from the internet etc onto this machine or not? Thanks so much for any and all info!

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Date: 6/14/07 10:23 AM

How old is this machine? The Bernina Deco machines used to use the same format as Brother and Babylock machines, i.e., .pes. I was under the impression that it would only do 4 x 4 size designs. If it's your first experience with embroidery then I think you will do fine with 4 x 4. That's still mostly the size I use and I have the 5 x 7 and 6 x 10 sizes as well on the machine I currently own. But I did start out with a Babylock embroidery-only machine, 10 years ago, that had only the 4 x 4. I did buy a larger hoop that could be repositioned on the frame to do larger designs. As far as downloading designs from the Internet, you will not be able to d/l directly to the machine. You will have to download to your computer and then use a box with a card to send the designs to and then put the card into the slot on your machine. Hope this helps and doesn't confuse you even more!

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Date: 6/14/07 11:09 AM

Yes, Loiry, that helps a lot! I know that most machines use the card reader/magic box type things, just wanted to make sure that was even possible with this one. The seller says it's about 4yrs old. I'm still waiting to hear back from her on other questions, but I'm thinking I should hold out and get a pricier one (probably a Janome 300, LOL). Thanks!

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Date: 6/14/07 7:13 PM

I believe that machine could be older than 4 years old. I bought mine about 7 years ago and it was used then. Bernina came out with some newer Decos still using the PES format, but the 500 was the first model. You shouldn't pay more than about $200 for it.
I don't think the Deco can stitch a 5x7 design unless it's split.
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Date: 6/14/07 10:59 PM

Hello Evatgirl73

So sorry! I looked at the Bernette 650 reviews by mistake...brain fog moment!



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Date: 6/15/07 7:47 AM

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Hi Ladies! Looking to venture in to embroidery... and saw a classified for a used Bernette Deco 500. Anything you can tell me about this machine, pros/cons, anything at all would be helpful!! TIA!!

You know, after giving this some thought, I believe I would buy a new stand-alone embroidery machine. I, too, think that Bernina has been around for quite awhile. My first EM was the Babylock Espree` stand-alone and I bought it in 1997. It was a very nice machine and produced beautiful embroidery with no problems. I traded up three years later because I wanted the larger stitch field (5 x 7) and more features. I know the Deco machine was around at that time. So, all things considered, why not shop for a new, or at least newer, machine. Otherwise you could be just buying someone else's headaches. JMHO
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