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Jeanninem
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Date: 7/13/08 10:06 AM

Well, I thought it only fair that I update everyone on what I decided to buy.
First of all, I tested all the machines that were recommended to me. I did get to bring the Berninas home so they had an unfair advantage. I tested the Janome 11000. I tested the Janome 6600 and the 300E. Then I tested the Bernina Activia lines, the Deco (Janome embroidery only) machines, and the Aurora 440. I did not test the Artistas because they were out of my league.
I really liked the Janome 6600, but it is not a garment sewing machine. I sew lots of baby clothes, and I need the free arm. Even though, I could use another machine I have for that function. The dealer would not come down from $1600, which I felt was high. The same was true for the Janome embroidery only machines. Both of the Janome dealers wanted to sell me the 350 for $1300. The Bernina dealer was really offering me the same machines for $300 less. I took them home and tried them, and I was happy with the stitch quality. The Bernina embroidery only machines (340 and 330) do accept the EXP format, which allows you to use Embird.
When I went in to pay for the Bernina 340 on the next day, the dealer offered me a great deal on the Artista 630. I spent 4 hours learning everything about the machine and test driving it. He even let me sit on the computer and read the reviews. I ended up walking out with the machine for $3400. This was way more then I was willing to spend, however Bernina had a one day sale, and I purchased it on their credit card for 24 months interest free. Since this will be a business expense, I am even more excited.

If the Janome dealer(s) had been more willing to deal with me, I probably would have taken the Janomes, however I did not like their attitudes. I could have driven an hour and gotten the same machines for almost $700 less, and I want the dealer support.

I could not have made this decision without the help of this board and this site. It makes this very hard decision so much easier. I am sending a warm thank you to everyone that helped me.

One more thing, what really swayed me towards Bernina was their customer support. I don't mean just from the dealer. Bernina offers so much to the customer, and they listen to their customers. When I opened my new machine I was shocked to find a book, not a little brochure, but a book on the accessories. They offer a foot or a gadget for everything. Then there was a DVD on how to use the machine. There are not alot of businesses that believe in customer support anymore, but Bernina is not one of them. When I say this machine offers everything, I am not joking. I will post a review soon.
Jeannine
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Date: 7/13/08 10:28 AM

good for you! I'm sure you'll love your Bernie. I love mine and all the ones I had in the past. I plan to upgrade again this fall because I just don't want anything else (and I have all the feet and accessories!)

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Date: 7/13/08 12:44 PM

What a wonderful machine and a treat to you!!! I lusted after one, but couldn't do it. You will have many enjoyable hours of sewing in the days to come. Thanks for sharing, and you purchased a super machine!!!!

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Date: 7/13/08 1:32 PM

You couldn't have picked a better machine! There isn't anything the 630 doesn't do well, it is rock solid and a beautiful performer. There isn't anything at all that I don't like about my 630.

While I love my 730 as well, it has it's quirks and there are a few things I would change on it, but not so on the 630. Congratulations!

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Date: 8/23/08 8:54 PM

I first noticed your post because I spell my name the same way as yours! Plus I have spent hours shopping & researching online about sewing machines, & am about ready to take a plunge & buy the 630 also. I looked at Babylock, Viking, Janome & Bernina. I was really starting to feel swayed towards the Janome, because I can get the 6600 for alot less money than the Bernina. But I have owned another Bernina for 25 years, & know how reliable they are. I do like the fact the the Janome has more space to fit a quilt it it, but everyone tells me that I will be able to fit any size quilt in the Bernina, & that I will love the BSR!! Let me know you like yours!
Jeannine S

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Date: 8/29/08 0:32 AM

Quote: nursejh2
I first noticed your post because I spell my name the same way as yours! Plus I have spent hours shopping & researching online about sewing machines, & am about ready to take a plunge & buy the 630 also. I looked at Babylock, Viking, Janome & Bernina. I was really starting to feel swayed towards the Janome, because I can get the 6600 for alot less money than the Bernina. But I have owned another Bernina for 25 years, & know how reliable they are. I do like the fact the the Janome has more space to fit a quilt it it, but everyone tells me that I will be able to fit any size quilt in the Bernina, & that I will love the BSR!! Let me know you like yours!

Jeannine S

Well, this is a first for me. Meeting someone with the same spelling as my name. This makes me giggle.
I have had my 630 now for two months, and I really do like it. I do have a problem with birds nests under the fabric sometimes, but other then that, it really is rock solid. I am happy that I bought it. It handles all thicknesses of fabric. The feet are fantastic. The embroidery is beautiful and so easy to use. I have no complaints whatsoever.
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