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is $150 for a Bernina 153 QE a fair price?
pinkymom
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Date: 10/22/11 2:20 PM

I am helping a friend buy a bernina 153 QE from a private party. They are asking $ 150 it only comes with a walking foot. She already owns another bernina and can share feet and I'm thinking the pedal can be shared as well.

Does anyone know how to get the manual as a pdf file?

I dont know anyone that has one like it.

Please help us.

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Date: 10/22/11 2:32 PM

Well, there's one on ebay that is up to 501 at the moment....I would wonder what is wrong with a Bernina at 150! No feet with it but hte walking foot? Has it the regular ZZ foot? Has it the foot pedal or not? Can she try this machine out? Surely if it works it is well worth double or triple that amount. I would take some care to see what are its parts and its condition!

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Date: 10/22/11 2:37 PM

Condition looks really good nearly new. The owner moved and misplaced the box containing the pedal/feet/manual. In other words it just the machine and the walking foot. Everything else is gone.
My friend's other machine could share the pedal/feet.

Not sure how to download the manual from bernina.

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Date: 10/22/11 2:39 PM

I have a 150 QE which was the predecessor to the 153 QE. If it's in good working condition and comes with a walking foot I think $150 is an excellent price. The walking foot alone retailed at over $100 at the time (mine is about 15 years old and was $1500 new).

If it doesn't come with a foot controller, those are a bit pricey. I wouldn't want to share a foot controller with another machine that would be a pain.

There are a couple styles of Bernina feet make sure hers uses the same. The 153 uses the "new style" with the red lettering on white.

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Date: 10/22/11 3:04 PM

$150 is a steal. I see these at dealer's for hundreds more; of course they have the parts with them.

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Date: 10/22/11 4:48 PM

Does anyone know how to find the pfd manual?

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Date: 10/22/11 5:00 PM

I found the mastery workbook HERE.

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Date: 10/22/11 5:30 PM

Quote: pinkymom
Does anyone know how to find the pfd manual?

You might keep checking eBay. Bernina's web site has manuals for their older machines, up to the 1260, so yours won't be on their site.
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Date: 11/5/11 3:44 PM

I think it's a fair price. I bought one from Goodwill online for $600 without anything but the cord and presser foot! It needed a service to get it to run!
Thanks for posting the mastery workbook! It will unlock the mysteries of this machine.

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Date: 11/6/11 2:06 PM

Perhaps I've misread but it has no power cord or foot pedal? I wouldn't worry about the manual, as noted you should be able to dig one up somewhere, but whether it has only the walking foot or a bunch of accessories, with no way to test and see if it even works I'd worry about whether it would be DOA. If you have a cord/foot you could test it with do so, even if you had to buy them albeit pricey as someone said, at least you'd know the machine works!

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