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Date: 3/7/12 0:03 AM

So, I attended a "Fearless Zipper" class today, which was GREAT! I've already done exposed zippers on my own, but here we learned invisibles, modified fly front, center and lapped... such a good class!

But the point I'm getting to is that I didn't bring my own sewing machine, a Singer Curvy 8763 (paid $200), I used their Bernina which retails for about $700!! I hated it!! I know it's always weird to use a machine that's not yours, but it was so WEIRD! The reverse ALWAYS went off to the side (so you couldn't get a nice, even backtack), it has what I think is called a free arm (the base is just so small), the presser foot lever is WAY in the back... etc etc etc.

I expected to be really impressed because Bernina is one of the BIG brands in sewing machines now. Are a lot of the upscale models like this? I mean it was quiet (my Singer is NOT, but I'm used to it), but everything else was just not what I was expecting.

Anybody else have this type of experience??

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Date: 3/7/12 0:10 AM

If the reverse was that bad, the machine probably needed servicing. Berninas usually feed very well. One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch:)

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Date: 3/7/12 0:10 AM

Bernina is not the be-all, end-all of sewing machines. There is a following of sorts...kind of like I'm on my 5th Volkswagen...

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Date: 3/7/12 0:53 AM

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Date: 3/7/12 1:54 AM

Berninas definitely don't fit everyone, and can take some getting used to. The presser foot lever is one of those things that takes some getting used to if it's in a different position. Also, the vertical bobbin that most Berninas have can take some adjustment if you're used to a horizontal/drop in bobbin. But I will say that there should have been a sewing table that attaches to that free arm to give you a bigger space to work with. Also, if the reverse was going wonky, then something is wrong with the machine.

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Date: 3/7/12 2:22 AM

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The reverse ALWAYS went off to the side (so you couldn't get a nice, even backtack), it has what I think is called a free arm (the base is just so small),


I think these are related. Ordinarily, heavy fabric is supported by a the table-- when it's not, it can drag. Either that, or the machine needs a tuneup. My machine back--tacks perfectly-- and I'm using the straight stitch foot, which loves curves.

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the presser foot lever is WAY in the back... etc etc etc.


I use the knee lever. But it's traditional to put the presser foot lever lever in the back. More room for a quilt?
-- Edited on 3/7/12 2:23 AM --

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Date: 3/7/12 2:29 AM

It took my a while to get used to these newfangled machines and their pressure foot lifter thingies on the side. Home ec machine (Bernina which was meticulously maintained but I hated it) my Aunties Bernina, mom's old old New Home, my first machine (old Kenmore) all had it in the back. I actually think it's a more intuitive place for it, better for left handers too. I don't get the logic behind switching it to the side TBH, or does it have to do with the snap on feet?

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Date: 3/7/12 10:06 AM

If the machine retails for $700 it was probably not a Bernina but a Bernette which is a totally different machine!

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Date: 3/7/12 10:22 AM

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If the machine retails for $700 it was probably not a Bernina but a Bernette which is a totally different machine!

My dealer sells the Bernettes for under $700. But, I think even the 330 sells for more than that. Was it maybe a 210? If it was a 210 or a 3 Series machine, it would be a 3/4 size machine. I wouldn't judge all Berninas based on this machine.

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Date: 3/7/12 11:28 AM

There was a time when I didn't like Berninas. Didn't like the boxy look, thought the feet were too weird, and the one in my price range didn't have enough bellls for me. I was a kid in a candy store looking for as many goodies as my pennies would buy, lol - coming from a 4 stitch machine. I found a Viking that I really, really liked a lot. Then my $1,000 budget went out the window.

Janome was the IT machine on PR at that time. I tried the most popular model of the day, and strongly disliked it. I sort of felt like you do right now. What??? I'm supposed to LOVE this machine! I finally got an Elna I loved for years.

Moral is - there are brands that you just won't like, no matter what everyone else's experiences are. If you are interested in a Bernina, you need to test more. If not, then it was just a bad experience with a not well maintained floor model.

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