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karrieann
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Date: 7/2/08 5:23 PM

Hi
Iam trying to decide if I should get a viking830, viking Scandinavia 400 or bernina 165E~ which is better in your opinion. I am wanting to make quilts, purses, home decor and maybe embroider on them. I hae prices right now from Joannes for the vikings the 400 is $899 and the 830 is $1000. And a price of $1899.00 for bernina from a local quilt shop. Thanks so much for your help with this~ hope your having a blessed day :)

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Date: 7/2/08 5:35 PM

Here's some reviews you can read with ideas for prices paid:

Viking Sapphire 830

Viking Scandinavia 400

Bernina Artista 165E

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Date: 7/3/08 8:00 AM

I'd get the 165e. The Sapphires seem to be kind of hit-and-miss and it is probably bc it is brand new model and some of the bugs are being worked out. The 400 is nice but slim sewing package and small embroidery area. It is soon to be discontinued. The 165e is a little older Bernina model with lots of fans. It will hold its value much longer and has way more to offer than the other two. I know the wide harp of the Sapphires is appealing and the 165 doesn't have that but no contest here between these 3 assuming the 165 has been well-cared for and hopefully from a dealer with some warranty.

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Date: 7/3/08 12:28 PM

I used to own a Viking 990. Very nice machine too. But I switched over to Bernina due to a prefence for the Bernina buttonhole and the larger bobbin. I hate winding bobbins and this is a deal breaker or maker for me.

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Date: 7/23/08 10:59 AM

I have a Viking Rose that I bought in 2004 that I love! Although I don't get much time to sew, I've been very happy with this machine, and you can probably find one at your dealer that somebody traded in to get a Designer or something.

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Date: 7/24/08 2:07 PM

I would take the Bernina. I've owned six Berninas, and have loved them all. Make sure you arre buying from a reputable dealer who does their own on-site repairs whenever possible. The Vikings I've tried seem flimsy, nad made for a shorter work cycle.

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Date: 7/24/08 4:02 PM

I've not used a Bernina, but I can tell you after owning three different Vikings (always trading up) there is nothing flimsy about them.

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Date: 7/24/08 5:43 PM

I'd almost always vote for the Bernina, but really you need to try them all with the fabrics YOU use and see which one YOU want.

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Date: 7/24/08 6:52 PM

I agree I would try them all but I would go towards the Bernina just because of Viking's customer's service.

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Date: 7/25/08 11:23 AM

Hi! I was in the same "fix" a few months ago...trying to decide between the two...just remember, in the long run, it is all going to come down to one's own preference. For me, however, I finally decided on the Husqvarna Viking...my three main reasons were:
1.) Bernina, in my area, had HORRIBLE customer service
2.) I could get everything I wanted (and a little more) with a "previously loved" Husqvarna Designer I, then going with a brand new VERY basic Bernina. I had a budget and had to stick with it.
3.) I have a great relationship with my local quilt shop and therfore would have training, service and any help I needed with my new macine.

In my research of machines, I discovered that for quilting the Sapphire series (830, 850, 870) have some of the largest harps/beds on the market today...I do understand that they are a brand new design, and there may be some paticulars that have to be worked on...however, I have sewed on two of these at my LQS for classes and such and they worked very well. I have read where one of the biggest complaints was the plastic bobbins...BUT, my Designer I uses drop-in plastic bobbins and I have NOT had any problems winding or using them.
Again, it really is "to each their own"...I recommend you trying them BOTH out and seeing which one fits your needs and sewing ways. Good luck and let us know what you decide on.

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1933 Singer 15-91 "gear driven" and a Husqvarna Designer I**

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