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Bernina Industrial
metal-bodied Bernina 217
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Date: 7/22/10 2:40 PM

I didn't realize Bernina has made industrial machines through the years.

Check out this cragislist posting. It appears to be a Bernina 217.

Here's a pic of a 317.

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Date: 7/25/10 5:57 PM

Bernina is a big supplier of industrial machines. They have a good reputation but nothing over the top as they do with home machines. Adler is considered the best, Juki's and Brother follow and Bernina is in there too.

What I find hilarious is that industrial Berninas cost 1/3 what their home machines cost. I tell you, the real brilliance of bernina is not the engineering or quality of their home machines, it's their marketing and propping up the value of them that is meritorious of a genius award.

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Date: 7/26/10 4:36 PM

LOL! Thanks for the info, Kathleen.

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Date: 3/21/12 7:00 PM

I know this is long after the last reply, but I was wondering if the Bernina 317 is pretty much like the 217 and if it is equipped to use the embroidery attachment/mechanism that some Bernina 217's have on the back.

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Date: 4/23/13 2:56 AM

I have just bought a Bernina 217. I would love to know if anyone here knows anything about them, for example the cams, if buttonholes are possible, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 4/23/13 5:14 AM

It's all about the marketing.

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Date: 4/23/13 4:49 PM

Don't have one, but I am sure you can make a button hole with it, just like on any other zig zag machine with needle positioning just anyplace. So put needle in the middle position, do few wide zig zags in one place for a bar tack, then position needle to the side, do a more narrow zig zag to make one leg of button hole, bar tack again, put needle on other side and do a more narrow zig zag moving backwards, and that is a buttonhole right there even.

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Date: 5/6/13 11:02 PM

Just thought I'd update what's happened to my "new to me" Bernina 217.

It wasn't working when I bought it so I bargined the guy down. I paid $250 for it. It's finially gone into my service guy (he does all of my industrials) and it cost $100 to get it working again plus a further $50 for a new foot, bobbins and needles. But the kicker is, he offered to buy the machine from me then and there. Apparently these are hard to find machines and it's worth $1200. It has seven different needle positions, takes cams at the back for ~20 different fancy stitches and best of all, it can do BUTTONHOLES!

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Date: 11/12/13 9:23 AM

The original machine was much loved.

I was At they Cisma show in Shanghai and i found a dutch company that has made a reproduction of the original Bernina 217.
i have tested this machine here and it runs perfect!! and all the parts are identical to they original.

http://www.globalsew.com/en/zz217.htm

Check it out they have many parts in stock

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Date: 11/12/13 9:58 AM

I had never heard of the industrial Bernina, but I am shopping for a used 930 on ebay and Craigs List.
I found this listing in IL this morning:Industrial It looks a lot like the 930's that I have been looking for only it has the industrial table.

Does anyone know how they ar ewired? The motor looks just like the one that I used in the sewing factory which was a 3 phase motor. I've allready asked dh, no wiring the house for 3 phase power over a sewing machine

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