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Bernina 830e
Pl. help me make a decision, I am a first timer her
Najay
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Date: 12/10/10 0:36 AM

I'd like to buy a Bernina 830e, I'd love to hear from the all,especially the owners of 830e.ur help is apprecited.

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Date: 12/10/10 1:11 AM

Hello and welcome! There is a section where user reviews are posted for those who want to read up before making a purchase. There are several reviews of the 830E here.

Have you had a chance to sew on one? What do you think of it?

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Date: 12/10/10 6:21 AM

Is this your first machine? What kind of sewing do you do? This is a very expensive machine. If you are really bowled over about embroidery, one of those professional 6 or 10 needle embroidery machines might be a better idea/deal.

I know someone with the 820. The bobbins are unique and kind of expensive (as well as the feet). Also, you should really be close to a dealer because these machines require lots of dealer classes to get learn how they work and to get the most out of them. If you do, you should find out if your classes require you to take your machine to the shop--they are very heavy and bulky. Any updates need to be done by the dealer as well because they have to make adjustments.

You must be sure to use a single needle plate and 1/4" foot for peicing as the "footprint" is quite wide and difficult to get an even 1/4" seam without those tools.

This machine is the highest end for a home sewing machine. Professional machine have much less cost and I think are hardier/less sensitive. If you have other machines at home, this may be too much.

That said, there are plenty who have this machine, love it like nothing else and belong to their 830 club at their local dealer and make all sorts of lovely projects. I just felt I should give some cautionary questions as it is very costly and I know almost no one that does not finance it (why go into debt if you don't need to?). If it turns out to not be a good choice, it is hard to sell it and get your money back as the warranty does not transfer. Also this month is not a good month to purchase electronics. Wait another 30 days and see if you still have 830E fever. (I would wait until end of January).

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Date: 12/10/10 8:02 AM

I'm guessing you've heard about Bernina's 48 month no interest financing. Bernina does run financing deals frequently.

If you are an experienced sewing this might be the machine you want. It does require a lot of space. If you are just beginning this would probably be overload.

As this machine has been out a year I've heard the initial bugs have been worked out. Also, contrary to an earlier post, this can be updated via the web. That's one thing the 820 and 830E can do that the other Bernina machines can't.

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At my house in VA:
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Singer 201-2, 221, Bernina Serger 1300MDC, BL Enlighten, BL Sashiko, BL Cover Stitch, Consew 75T

At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d

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Date: 12/10/10 9:17 AM

First timer to Bernina - embroidery or sewing or all three? I too would caution you on such a machine for a first timer. May I ask what's making you lean toward that machine in particular?

I have the 730E and love it. It was a huge investment for me, but it fits my needs perfectly (size, great close by dealer) and I do love the way it sews and embroiders. The Bernina's do have some very fine engineering, which is one reason I went with that brand for a combo. The learning curve I found wasn't nearly so steep as I first thought it would be - but Bernina does have excellent education. But then, I've machine embroidered for a few years on another machine.

As for obtaining a professional machine, yes, you could probably get a 6 needle machine and a separate sewing machine for less than you'd likely get the 830. Personally I wouldn't do that, because I like the combo aspect, and I'm not going into business. If I could afford and had room for the 830, I would still get that over a pro machine. But, it all depends on your space, and what you plan to do with it.

That said, Bernina is having a one day only 48 month interest free financing program, which I believe is happening on the 18th. But, the dealers typically do not discount the machines much with this type of financing. The dealer has to pay the financing that you don't pay. And, this isn't just for Bernina. Someone who works for a Brother dealer told me about this first, before I found out about it being that way for Bernina too.

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Date: 12/10/10 10:05 AM

Actually my dealer has it on sale and is doing the financing. I got pretty good financing on my 630E with the BSR promotion and the 30% off sale at the time. But I will as this is a huge dealership - however their service is specific to the store. I get a big welcome anytime I come in.

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So many projects, not enough time
At my house in VA:
Bernina 1010, Activa 220, Artista 630E, B580
Singer 201-2, 221, Bernina Serger 1300MDC, BL Enlighten, BL Sashiko, BL Cover Stitch, Consew 75T

At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d

http://sewingtechie.blogspot.com/

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Date: 12/10/10 12:01 PM

Yeah, I would think the larger dealerships get better pricing.

I got 25% off, and there was no talk at all of how are you going to pay. Then when I went to pay for it, I decided to use the Bernina financing, and the owner seemed a little irritated saying *She's financing after I already gave her the cash sale price?*
But, she must have realized her mistake in not asking cause she was genuinely nice as could be to me after that. I paid $2730 less with the sale price. And she's let me use the 25% off coupon twice now (multiple feet each purchase), and you're only supposed to use it one time, for one accessory.
I wonder if Bernina reduces what the dealer pays if I pay it off early? One lady got a letter in the mail from Bernina saying they would reduce her amount owed by $100 if she paid the balance in full a couple of months before her final payment!
And another reported sending the receipt for her machine to Bernina, with the coupon, saying her dealer would not honor it unless she paid retail price, and she got a $100 check from Bernina.
My dealer honored the coupon, even with the sale price.

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Date: 12/11/10 5:42 AM

I wonder if she's speaking of the original 830e? The new 830 isn't typically referred to as the 830e.

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Date: 12/11/10 9:12 AM

I had no idea there was an old 830e. It seems to be the convention, at least on this board, to add an "e" to its name (for "embroidery) to differentiate the new schmantzy 830 from the old mechanical 830.

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Date: 12/11/10 9:34 AM

The e stands for embroidery to differentiate it from the old 830 . Why Bernina did this is beyond me. I think CJ means electronic...but no, an e was never added to the model number ...it was always just 730, 830, 930 etc. The e definitely means the new machine. But confusion has run rampant on PR soooooooo

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