Member since 11/26/10
Date: 12/10/10 10:56 AM
Is the Artista 200 really the same machine physcially as the 730. I understand that the 200 can be upgraded with the BSR, but do they have the same features otherwise? Features such as auto thread cutter and ability to program starting tack and ending reverse sew etc? Is there anything included in an "upgrade" besides the BSR? I ask because I grew up sewing (all clothes including bras) - strict parents - no buying of clothing only sewing after age 12. As an Adult I HATED sewing on my 30 yr old White and have done very little in years. I inherited a DA1100 serger and I am in love (almost hypnotized) by this machine. Suddenly sewing doesn't seem like work, but rather play and I am becoming obsessed. Now I want a sewing machine that makes me feel the same way and will probably have to buy used. I can find full the full specification PDF for the 730 on the Bernina site, but no specs for the older 200. Can anyone help? Thanks in advanced for your insighrs.
Member since 4/17/06
Date: 12/10/10 5:41 PM
I had the 200, and immediately upgraded it to the 730. I no longer have the machine, so I don't remember all the upgrades, but I think it included ability to use a USB stick, and not just hook up to computer or embroidery cards. The upgrade also made the machine faster, added some other features, and took care of software "glitches" that the 200 had. The BSR also got added.
You might look into getting a used 730 instead. The 200 model has been around a long time, although Bernina's have great longevity.
Get on the yahoo Bernina groups for these models, and you should be able to get the info, also.