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Message Board > Sewing Machines > New Bernina 3 series ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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New Bernina 3 series
Bernina 380
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Date: 3/23/10 8:32 AM

Does anyone have one yet? I was watching the videos in the Bernina site. There are a lot of videos on this new machine. My question is the specs. page says the harp area is 160mm, I translate that to 6.3 inches. Anyone know what the harp area on the activias were? I was also wondering the weight of the machine, and what country its made iaccording to the label on the back of the machine. Oh... and the price tag. Thanks.

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Date: 3/23/10 9:58 PM

Oh I just found out the 380 is going to be the same size as the activas, and thats to small for me. I have a Janome 760 that I bought for classes but I can't stand to use, beacuse the harp is so tiny. Its nice that it is 12 Lbs, and has a lot of features but its just too darn small and slides all over the place. I'm thinking of a brother 420 for a class machine?? hmm, anyone want to buy my jem 760?

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Date: 3/23/10 10:47 PM

My Janome 4900 has about 160mm to the right of the needle and it is definitely full size. However, the Bernina 300s look like they might be narrower front-to-back than the 4900, a little more streamlined looking.

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Date: 4/17/10 1:17 PM

I bought my new Bernina 380 this week (I'm in Europe, I think we have them before the US?). It went back today with a few problems. It's being sent back to Bernina and I will await delivery of a new one in the middle of the week. I am so disappointed! On the plus side it looks brilliant!



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Date: 4/17/10 1:56 PM

That's too bad. Hopefully it was just a lemon and the problems don't follow through all of them. What were the problems if you don't mind sharing?
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Date: 4/17/10 2:01 PM

It was making a clunking noise, the thread kept snapping and it was moving around a lot when on faster speeds. Interestingly, the speed control slider is not usable with the foot pedal, a quirk I have discovered. ALso, the bobbin winder is automatic and is not controllable by the foot pedal, I wonder if this is because you can sew AND wind a bobbin at the same time?

I bought the top end model because I wanted the knee lifter and that has worked really well so fingers crossed the replacement is better!

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Date: 4/17/10 9:45 PM

Harp is the same size on current Activas.....

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Date: 4/18/10 10:34 AM

On my 440 the speed slider controls the bobbin winding speed. Also my slider limits the speed at which you can sew with the foot pedal or without. I have taught several children to sew with the ability to limit the speed while using the foot pedal. Hopefully that is a quirk. Incidentally I adore my Activa for classes and it does not jump and slide around. I also do not find the harp size limiting. Under the plastic there is an all metal frame also which all the interior parts are attached to, unlike the Jem. Also if you own another Bernina the feet and foot pedal are interchangeable. I am betting the original poster would like the Bernina Activa.

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Date: 4/24/10 4:39 PM

Ok, I have a new 380 and so far so good. Few things I'm not sure about yet but it is lovely and quiet. It isn't rocking about like the first one was. The buttonhole foot seems very fiddly. There is an extension table which has a see through bit so you can see to change the bobbin. However, it's a bit fiddly (changing the bobbin with the extension table on) but certainly not a problem.

The machine itself is incredibly stylish and the knee lifter so far is really helping my back. It really is like in the videos online, very smooth to use.

The bag it comes with is very nice, although it's a cover really, but a sturdy one.

The bobbin only winds at one speed. I think this is because you have the ability to wind a bobbin while you sew and by allowing speed control on the spare bobbin it would affect the speed of your sewing? Either way I'd be unlikely to wind a bobbin whilst sewing!

It comes with an accessory box with compartments in. The accessories come in a little bag and I haven't perfected the way to put them in the box yet.

I am really looking forward to using my machine. It was such a relief to know that the first one was faulty and it wasn't my imagination.

Looking forward to seeing what it can do as I am still learning!



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Date: 4/28/10 10:34 PM

Good to hear of your new one! Please let us know as you discover more about it. Have you sewn on the previous Activa line at all? I'm assuming it performs like those. Curious about it though!

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