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

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Bernina Feet
Are reproductions as wonderful?
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Date: 4/17/11 9:21 PM

Hey Guys,
Every time people talk about the wonders of their Berninas they rave about the perfection of the feet. Anyone tried the "knock-off" feet from Ebay? They look good and are returnable if not satisfied and all that...
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Date: 4/17/11 9:26 PM

I have a knock-off one for binding. It doesn't even come close to the binder for the Bernina, but it cost about 85% less money.

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Date: 4/17/11 9:41 PM

I'm a purist. The difference doesn't look like a savings when compared to the precision of the Bernina feet. You don't know who is making the knock-offs either which gets into bigger issues. Why shouldn't Bernina earn a profit on their engineering skill? Just posing the question...not judging....

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Date: 4/17/11 9:55 PM

What if the knock-off feet aren't right and throw the timing off? Whose gonna pay for that? The makers of the knock off feet don't offer any guarantees. Maybe it's not a problem. Just something to consider. I don't buy knock-off clothes or handbags or pirated music or videos because it seems to me like buying stolen goods. I don't know if the feet are illegal to copy and sell like DVDs are, but if they are, then that would settle it for me.

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Date: 4/17/11 10:39 PM

The real ones are polished by hand and are very sturdy. I only use those.

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Date: 4/17/11 10:49 PM

I buy the real feet for my Berninas. Im afraid a knock-off may mess up my VERY expensive machines, its just not worth taking a chance in my opinion.

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Date: 4/17/11 11:24 PM

Short answer - NO! Bernina's feet are worth the price and will probably last beyond the life of the machine.

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Date: 4/17/11 11:28 PM

Bernina feet were protected by patents, which have now expired.

Some of the Bernina feet, such as the foot 35, for concealed zippers, have a really good reputation for being easier to work with. Most, if not all, of the knockoffs are inferior, because they're just an ordinary invisible zipper sole attached to a Bernina foot shaft (shin?). A few are even low shank feet screwed into a (knockoff) Bernina adaptor.

I've got a knockoff Bernina 14 foot. It isn't polished, and it may even wobble a bit more compared to my real foot #4. The label is really shoddy work, with the red bits filled in with magic marker. I don't use it anymore.

If you want to search for bargains on ebay, it may help to exclude the "buy it now" lots. Also, if you want to sell your feet, keep the packaging-- photos of proper foot packages can assure a wary bidder that the feet are genuine, and fit the correct machine.

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Date: 4/18/11 0:15 AM

I got a used but genuine Bernina foot for my 930 from a seller on sewitsforsale. Savings without the cons of a knock-off, but I realize not all the feet will be readily available that way. I used the most recent buy-one-get-one-half-price coupon from Bernina at 2 of my 3 local Bernina dealerships

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Date: 4/18/11 4:26 AM

Thanks everybody! Sounds like Bernina feet are definitely the way to go. I was just curious because I kept seeing them and they have good feedback.

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