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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina Nova 900 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 10/16/08 11:55 AM

Hi all,
I am in the UK and although I already have 2 Berninas (a 135S and a 440QE) I would love to have an older mechanical one.
I have seen a few models on UK Ebay etc and quite like the look of a Bernina Nova 900 which was made in the 80's. It is cream with red dials and a red handle.

I can't see any reviews for any on here? Would they have been known under a different model number in the US.??

Any help / advice appreciated. Thanks!

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Date: 10/17/08 3:30 PM

Well the auction ends today and I was hoping someone who owned one could give me review.


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Date: 10/17/08 3:37 PM

Carrie-Jane, this probably won't help much but here goes. My close friend had a Nova that she bought new in either the late 70's or early 80's. She sewed everything for years on that machine for her three children, house, etc and loved it. Because of her experience, I was interested in picking up one in the mid-90's for an extra machine. My dealer talked me out of it, saying that foot controls were somewhat difficult if they went pad. They are round and work in any direction. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it did scare me off at the time because my dealer had a pretty good business in used machines. But I will tell you that if I came across one today in a yard sale or for a really cheap price, I would buy it and see what happens. That's my hearsay for what its worth!

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Date: 10/17/08 3:42 PM

Thanks for that!
I am watching the auction with 4 mins to go and no one has bid on it yet.

fingers crossed!


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Date: 10/17/08 4:06 PM

No go I'm afraid someone outbid me with about half a milli second to go.

I'll have to keep my eyes open again for another old Bernina.


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Date: 10/17/08 6:56 PM

Sorry to hear that. I sure don't know how people manage that! I Just sold my 1130 on Ebay and someone sniped at 6 seconds. I just don't know how they do it, but I guess they are experts. I am sure another one will come along.

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Date: 10/19/08 3:55 AM

I'm late to this but wanted to say I have a Nova, got it for $10 at a garage sale. Having read up on them a bit since I've learned of the electronic foot-pedal having potential problems but mine seems fine. Would certainly be a hell of a job getting another should it so I'm glad I only paid $10. I think they are somewhat rare in the US, I think they were not really sold in that market (I'm in Australia).

I like the cute, iron-like handle on the top and it makes it fairly easy to carry, though it's all metal and fairly heavy.

And I probably shouldn't share this, but I bet the people you gals have lost out to in auctions have been using sites like auctionsniper.com to proxy-bid for them in the last second. I'm not above having used them once myself...

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Date: 10/19/08 7:20 AM

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Hi Carrie, I am in Suffolk in the UK, we've spoken before about the Aurora. I watched that Bernina on eBay, and wondered if you got it, sorry you missed out. If you're still looking for re-con Bernina, check out www.sewingworld.co.uk. He is south coast based, and today [Sunday] has a Bernina 807 at 175.00. You can sometimes negotiate the price!! Also, Bambers [Manchester] has re-con Bernina's but you have to enquire, and Howdens Sewing [? Yorkshire] sometimes has reconditioned machines on their website too. There is also Parrs of Malvern Worcs. who will sometimes manage to get you a specific machine. I don't remember the web addresses for these, but you can do a search. I do hope this isn't classed as advertising, and i am not affiliated at all to these places, but wanted to pass on the info I have to enable you!! Hope this helps, and good luck. Eileen

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Date: 10/20/08 9:02 AM

Thanks Eileen for the info.
And Hi to Suffolk, I lived in Sudbury as a child until I was 12.

I am just suffering from old Bernina lust at the moment.
Don't really need another machine but would really like something just mechanical that free-motions well to put in the back of the car and take to class. Keep coming back to the old Berninas. Thought about a new one but I am not sure if any of the new Janomes or Brother mechanicals would do a good job.?

Not in any hurry but will look around to see what crops up.


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Date: 10/22/08 0:46 AM

I have a Bernina Nova 900 I bought new in the US about 1978 for a small fortune and still love it. It's a total workhorse. I bought a second one about 2006 for my winter home for about $200 on eBay and am happy with that as well. My sister in law (on my advice) also bought a 900 for less than $200 on eBay and loves it. I have heard about problems with the foot pedal but have not personally had problems. In fact, the only problems I have heard about are from Bernina dealers who are trying to discourage buyers on eBay from getting the older models in hopes of selling new Berninas. My understanding is that the newer models have plastic working parts. If you ask if the parts are metal, they (in my experience) start talking about the metal casing. Not the same . . . At this point I'm considering buying a third 900 on eBay if I can get a good price just to use it for parts. I don't know anyone who's unhappy to have a Nova 900. I don't do embroidery or computer sewing, just dressmaking and tailoring, and I can't imagine a better machine for that. Hope these comments are helpful.

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