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Bernina 440qe or 630 for embroidery
which one for beginner embroiderer
Louisasews

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Date: 11/23/07 8:25 PM

I am very interested to know anyone's thoughts about when and if you tried the Bernina 440 and 630, as I am just about to do the same thing.

I live on an island and a mainland dealer is making a special trip to both be a tourist and demonstrate and hopefully sell me either of these machines.

I'm prepared to buy the 440, but am looking for reasons to buy or nor to buy the 630. I have become very interested in embroidery, and in creating my own deisgns, such as a map of our island and its wild-life (kangaroos etc), so your comments would be very welcome.

What extras justify the price difference between the 2 models?

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Date: 11/23/07 8:31 PM

The 630E (which I own) does not have to be hooked up to a computer to do embroidery. The 440 does. For me, this was an issue. I would have ended up buying a laptop dedicated for my embroidery, and I didn't want to do that.

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Date: 11/23/07 10:28 PM

Just for the other side - I could have bought the 630 or even the 730 for that matter, but I did want the 5 mm stitch length since I am primarily a quilter. I did however buy the 440 with the embroidery module because I like seeing the information as it stitches out on the computer screen. I also like the fact that I can replace either the computer or the sewing machine if that makes sense. I recently did upgrade my computer in fact. I edit designs or at least clean up the digitizing on the lap top anyway so I would need it in any case. The screen for the stitch out is fine on the 630, but some of us just prefer the computer screen.

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Date: 11/23/07 11:42 PM

I am not familiar with the 440, but I have the 630. It embroiders beautifully and easily. I have purchased embroidery designs online and transferred them using a jump drive. I don't have a special Bernina jump drive, I just use one I picked up at Office Depot.

Recently, while I was in the middle of embroidering a design, my bobbin ran out of thread. After I refilled the bobbin, I was able to "back up" to the point in the design where I had to stop by viewing the design on the sewing machine's display screen while turning the stitch-adjustment knob. The machine continued with the design flawlessly.

My 630 performs all other sewing tasks wonderfully, as well. I have easily altered thick denim jeans, sewn felt crafts and used it to create perfect applique. The BSR foot makes freehand quilting fun, and I highly recommend the walking foot for quilting as well. The 630 is an amazing, versatile machine.

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Date: 11/24/07 9:01 AM

They are both wonderful machines, and do equally beautiful embroidery. However, if the 630 is in your budget and you think you will do a fair amount of embroidery, then I'd recommend it over the 440, having owned both.

Go into your dealer and spend a few hours doing a stitchout out on both, using the features like navigating back or ahed in the design, dealing with a thread breakage, or aligning a split design for precise positioning, and you'll quickly see why the 630 is a better choice for embroidery.

The animated screens are really well done, easy to follow and of course, you don't have to hook up a computer during stitchout.

I use my 630 as my embroidery unit, that's all it does, and it does it like a dream. Personally, I like using it for embroidery even better than my 730.

The 630 is a 5mm machine just the like 440. It does not however, come with the BSR or Walking Foot. You might be able to negotiate the walking foot in with the machine. You can add the BSR foot if you want later.

For regular sewing, I really loved my 440 and hated to let it go (I traded it for the 630) but we simply haven't room in the RV for so many machines. I liked the push button interface on it quite well, it sewed like a dream and was so easy to use.

However, the 630 is all that and more. It has the wonderful built in button hole measuring on screen, many more decorative stitches, and just more features period. This is a very well built, solid machine and I've yet to hear anything but rave reviews for it.

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Date: 11/24/07 10:12 AM

Quote: Louisasews
I am very interested to know anyone's thoughts about when and if you tried the Bernina 440 and 630, as I am just about to do the same thing.


What extras justify the price difference between the 2 models?

I bought the 630e two months ago. The Main Reason I chose the 630 over the Aurora because I can load my embroidery designs onto a USB stick and plug the stick into my 630, which is upstairs and quite a distance from my computer. The Auroras have to be connected directly to the computer. My computer is a regular PC with tower. We don't have a spare laptop, and I don't have space for a laptop in my sewing room. (It's rather cramped as it is.)

One difference between the 630 and 440 is the width of the feed dogs. (the 640 has the wider feed dogs, too) The 9mm feed dogs will give you a larger decorative stitch--- the fancy stitches built into the machine and are not embroidery stitches. I never used the dec. stitches in any of my other machines and if I want a wider dec. stitch, I can get it out of the embroidery module & program.

I have a Janome with the 7mm wide feed dogs and do not care for the wider feet when it comes to piecing quilts, and sewing garments. I prefer a 5mm wide feed dog because IMO the 1/4" quilt seams are easier to piece and I have more control over the fabric feeding in. I like the narrower feet for the occasional tight spaces in garment sewing.

Many technicians compare the 630 to the older generation of 1130/1230/1260/1530 Berninas. That carried a lot of weight in my purchase decision.

Buying a new machine is like choosing a new car: which model and which features are right for you? They'll all get you where you want to go, so how do you want to get there?

ETA - On your profile you say that Bernina is made by Brother. Someone has given you incorrect information. Only the first generation "stand-alone" (not a sewing machine) embroidery machines for Bernina were made by Brother. The current Bernina "stand-alone" model embroidery machine is made by Janome, as are the Bernina entry-level Bernette machines.
The Artista line of Bernina machines are made in Switzerland by Bernina. (I'm not sure where the Aurora is made.)
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Subject: Topic moved Date: 11/24/07 1:12 PM

This topic has been moved from Sewing Machines & Sergers to Machine Embroidery

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Date: 11/24/07 8:06 PM

The Aurora's are made in Switzerland also.
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Date: 12/7/07 6:44 AM

I have only recently bought the 440 quilters edition machine and find it to be so far very good. i have not had an embroidery machine before so i am still learning the ropes but i find it to be easy to use and easy to take the embroidery module off and on when you use it.
this is my first post i do hope that i have done it right...

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Date: 12/7/07 4:52 PM

You post came through fine, brissew.

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