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I have to thin out my machines
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Date: 1/20/12 7:24 PM

I am moving back to Australia after 20 years in the US. I have been picking up irresistible sewing machines over the years and can't decid which ones to leave in the States and which ones to bring with me and use via transformer. I have two backup Kenmores which will be sold first. I can't imagine life without my 201 Singer, complete with cabinet, but room may have me changing my mind on that one and then we come to the Bernina's The 810 I can let go even though it's a little gem and I won't get back what I have put into it of late (new circuit board in the pedal and complete service overhaul). Instead I will probably take the 135S for portability (although less so with a transformer Then there is the Artista 170 which is my go to, but I know I will never use all the embroidery paraphenalia (sp?) that goes with it. My Elna 5 thread and Viking 3 thread will also be coming with me I think. Maybe the Viking could be rehomed though....

I am in Aus now caring for my mother and will be going back in March to finalize the move and sale of the house etc, so in the meantime while here I sort of threw a spanner in the works and needed to feed my sewing addiction, so I bought a 931 Bernina for $125 plus new pedal. Talk about a tank, love it now also though and it won't need a transformer.

I need the voice of reason to scream at me right now. Maybe I should just sell the lot of them and start fresh...

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Date: 1/20/12 7:44 PM



NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..

Well, you did say scream.

My first thought was how much would it cost you in AU to replace another machine if the one you took broke.. or such.. as I know that patterns etc cost a lot more over there. Surely you can find room in a closet or such somewhere.

Always keep your go to I would think.. even if you don't use all the features. as you are already familiar with the features you do use.. it might save you time and frustration later on.

Me,. I have no Vikings. but if I did.. and it was my only Viking.. then I suppose I would part with it.. if the feet could not be used with other machines. or vice versa. For that reason I would keep the Berninas.. although I will say those are the machines you could recoop the most resale value out of IMHO.

Oh, and definitely stock up on patterns before you return..

Honestly. this is why I have too many machines. I can't part with any of them. Good luck to you in doing so..

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Date: 1/20/12 8:21 PM

Ha ha, that didn't help a whole lot but I will take your advice on a pattern stock up, they are an horrendous price out here, even on ebay! I don't have a Viking, I made a mistake, I have a white 4 thread serger (overlocker here)

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Date: 1/20/12 8:41 PM

Make the fattest machines do crunches and jumping jacks 2x daily. That's my recommendation.

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Date: 1/20/12 8:41 PM

I would be as systematic about this as you can be. Start making lists.

How many can you keep?

What do you mostly sew? What machines are best at that? (As in, I wouldn't keep a huge machine with a giant harp and a bunch of attachments, if I'm honestly never going to get into quilting.)
What machine don't you ever use? Did you buy one because you felt sorry for it, or because it was such a great buy, or because you thought you might someday do XYZ? (Start culling there.)

Do you need a machine that travels?
Do you need a machine that _____?
Etc.

(I'm with Pig; I think it seems risky to automatically dismiss your Go To machine--because not having that one is going to make you want to buy more, for this little task, and another for that one, and...)

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Date: 1/20/12 11:14 PM


No Viking huh ? See how easy that was.. one machine is already gone.. Now you can just keep the rest..

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Date: 1/21/12 0:33 AM

What does it cost to ship your machines all that way? Now, I am someone who never likes to part with anything useful, but I am also cheap, cheap, cheap, and I wonder if it is worth shipping machines which will need transformers unless you take them to an electrician and have them rewired, which is possible, but maybe expensive. And when they need fixing, you will probably have to supply the technician with a transformer.

I hate to say this, and Piggie will be after me with a shotgun, but maybe it is wisest to stock up on patterns and fabric and start over with sewing machines.

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Date: 1/21/12 4:24 AM

sorry to be slightly off topic, but I thought Bernina were able to be used on european/aus electrical systems, and US systems. They are dual , not currency, but can't think of the right word[I am sure I read it somewhere]

Light bulb moment - frequency!!
OH NO - I meant Voltage !!!
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-- Edited on 1/21/12 10:30 AM --

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Date: 1/21/12 4:54 AM

If the Berninas have a little switch underneath to change the voltage they run on (loads of new models do but I am not sure about the old ones, you can easily check) you should only need a new power cord with the wiring and correct shape for the different electrical system. Not sure about the foot control- best ask your mechanic- if your machine has a seperate cord for the foot control it may need changing over as well.
I am not sure that it is just the plug that changes shape, maybe the wiring is different as well?
You could check with your local Bernina dealership and they should be able to advise or find out for sure.

Oh and do stock up on fabrics and patterns, they cost a fortune and you might want to stock up on some notions as well, stuff like wonder tape can run to from around $9 to $15 a roll here depending where you shop compared to a few dollars os.

As to the sale or ditchng of other machines, you can probably sell at one end and pick up at another for a fair price the same model if you happen to love it. We have ebay and classified, trading post, other online sources of second hand goods as well as sm dealerships and newspaper ads to source machines from if you don't want to buy new. Maybe it would be fun to purge what you do not desperately love and need badly and save that money from new power cords to put toward a new or used overlocker that is correctly wired for Down Under?

Machines can be had depending on your luck for not much to considerable sums- I will say you totally scored with the 931 for $125! Prices seem to vary depending if you are in a regional area or city (big cities seem more pricey), depending on seller, brand, condition of machine, and amount of accessories.
As a guide, I picked up a Bernina 807 fully accessorised for $350 from a sewing dealership just the other day. Sews very nicely! I have picked up Nova 900's in the past for around $295 to 350, have seen 1010's for around $550-650, and 1130 for around $900. More complex machines tend to run higher and Berninas certainly hold their value well, so you might want to consider holding onto Berninas since they may be dual voltage and only require a cord to run here, and ditch the rest? You could enjoy the thrill of the hunt for overlockers.
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Date: 1/21/12 7:44 AM

I will check on that switch when I get home, thank you for the suggestion. I also have to check and see if my kitchen aid mixer has that switch as they are over $700 here!!!!!!! I have the same overlocker I took to America 21 years ago and used with a transformer there. I brought it back with me in the luggage and had a mechanic breathe new life into it. As for shipping, I will pack what machines I choose to keep and put them into a shipping container with all of my worldly goods. So many decisions to make. i think I am leaning towards selling the lot of them which may or may not change, I have a couple of months to make a decision, but these conversations are very helpful. Thank you.

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