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My Bernina 580
I did it! I bought the 580.
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Date: 11/10/11 3:03 AM

The title says it all. I now have a Bernina 580 living at my house. I know others are interested in this machine so fire away with your questions.

Initial impressions.
- very smooth and lovely to sew on. It has a good feel.
- bright!! The LED's are so bright it's like have landing lights. Great for sewing at night with my aging eyes however I do find the needle up/down button is hard to see at night. When looking up from the really bright lights the black buttons on the black front are hard to see. The reverse button though is on a white background so easy to see.
- I really like the screen/computer. It intuitive and not at all slow. Very fast in fact. It can keep up with me.
- quiet although the feed dogs do make a bit of noise when sewing.
- it feeds the fabric beautifully. This is something I was worried about with the 9mm feed dogs, especially for garment sewing, but I needn't have worried. So far I think it feeds the fabric every bit as well as my 6mm machine. The non-coded feet are the same width as the feed dogs so feed the fabric well even around tight curves. I've sewn some baby hems on silk chiffon with no issues. 1/4" seams weren't an issue. The same with darts. The fabric didn't get sucked down into the throat plate with any of these.
- I really like the 9mm and I'm so glad I went with the 9mm and not the 5.5mm. The extra width is good when darning clothes (eg. holes in the knees of jeans) and sewing wider elastic. I think it will be good for swimsuits, etc.
- For garment sewing I think I'll mostly use the non-coded feet (#1 & #8) with the 5.5mm stitch plate. The 9mm feet for garment sewing are too big making it hard to see.
- the decorative stitches are super easy to combine and edit. No need to save to memory. While there aren't a lot of decorative stitches the ones they do have are my favourites and with all the settings that can be changed and combining stitches, there are infinite possibilities.
- the buttonholes are awesome! Love the buttonholes.

Downsides:
- the machine is a bit plasticy. My old machine is all metal so I don't really like the plastic free arm / machine bed. I'd prefer if this was metal like the old Berninas.
- the black front does get finger marks but it's easy to clean. One wipe with a scrap of fabric and it's clean again.
- as I mentioned above, the black front at night is NOT good! Very hard to see the buttons and anything else other than the screen. I like the black during the day but at night it's a problem. I'll need to rethink my lighting and get a light that shines from overhead onto the front of the machine. My other white machines are definitely easier for my eyes. I didn't think of this before hand, so something for others to consider.
- when the top thread runs out the warning doesn't come on until it's too late and the thread nests on the wrong side quite badly. I don't like this and it's happened several times now.
- the bobbin is hard to change as it's set so far back in the machine. Especially hard with the extension table on and to take off the table requires lowering the feed dogs otherwise the table gets scratched. My previous machine is also a front loading rotary hook but it is super easy to change bobbins. The 580 is hard in comparison but I'll live it as I wouldn't be without a front loading rotary hook for the stitch quality.
- the place where the foot pedal plugs into the machine is annoying as it gets in the way of the feed dog up/down button. Not badly but it could be better designed.
- the one utility stitch it is missing is the stretch blind stitch but it has everything else I want for dressmaking.


So that's my initial thoughts. Of course the real test will be in the coming weeks/months as I use it more, but so far we are bonding quickly. The good far outweighs the bad. There is so much to love. The downsides are just little niggles and nothing major, at least for me.


-- Edited on 11/10/11 8:27 PM --

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Date: 11/10/11 6:05 AM

Wow! Thanks for your review, just needed this because I'm thinking of buying one.

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Date: 11/10/11 6:12 AM

Congratulations on your new machine!
I will be going to the fabric store tomorrow and will be looking at the Bernina 820 and maybe the 830. The 580 seems like something I should look at since it's finally in Australia.
Have you tried the embroidery on this machine yet? It seems like you are going to bond beautifully with you Bernina.

Okay an odd question to ask, is your 580 made in Switzerland (should say on the silver sticker on the back of the machine i think) because I heard the 580 is a Switzerland made machine. Which is pretty exciting.

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Date: 11/10/11 6:25 AM

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Have you tried the embroidery on this machine yet?

No not yet. I bought it without the embroidery. I plan to buy the embroidery at a later stage.

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is your 580 made in Switzerland (should say on the silver sticker on the back of the machine i think)

Nothing on the sticker or anywhere else about where it was made. Strange!

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Date: 11/10/11 6:31 AM

Another thing I'm finding annoying the more I use this machine. The markings on the stitch plate. They are too small and not very clear. It doesn't help that the stitch plate is small. I'm use to my HV Orchidea (#1+) which has huge and very clear markings. I'll have to think about how to make the markings bigger.

These really are just little things. I'm only mentioning them as I notice them so others get to hear the negatives as well as the good. Things to look at when testing the machine.

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Date: 11/10/11 7:25 AM

I guess the sticker is "conveniently" located at the bottom of the machine.
Isn't that wonderful, at the bottom of the machine!

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Date: 11/10/11 7:33 AM

Congrats on the new machine and thanks for all of the detailed and BALANCED feedback. It is very helpful.

I did not know you could buy the 580 without embroidery. Does anyone know if this is also the case in the US?

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Date: 11/10/11 8:14 AM

Congrats on your new 580!!

Your initial review will be a big help to those who are considering this machine.

I also use the 5.5 mm stitch plate for my garment sewing and when I sew stretch knits, although I use the coded feet. I sold most of my 5.5 mm feet when I went to the 8 series. Probably should have kept more than I did (16 and 35).

Enjoy your new Bernina!

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Date: 11/10/11 8:59 AM

Congratulations as well! And thank you so much for your incredibly helpful comments!

One question I've been dying to find out is how much it weighs? I've been considering a travel machine and the Aurora's I understand weigh about 23 pounds (10.4 kg?).

As an aside, I checked to see if you use kilograms or pounds in Australia and I found this funny question posed: "Why do we measure a baby's weight in pounds when in Australia we don't use pounds, just kilos and grams?"

Congrats again!

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Date: 11/10/11 10:45 AM

Oooh. Ahhh. Congratulations. Isn't it QUIET???!!!

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