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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina 1100DA Serger ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bernina 1100DA Serger
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TrishSews
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Date: 3/29/05 5:41 PM

Does anyone own a Bernina 1100DA? I am going to look at a used one tomorrow for $500. Do you think that it is a quality machine? If so, is that a good price? Or, should I look for something newer? I have downloaded a feature sheet and know that it does not have coverstich. This will be my first serger and am not sure if I will need all the bells. I plan on sewing mostly home dec. Thanks for your help.

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Date: 3/29/05 6:08 PM

I've used this serger for probably over 10 years--it is a workhorse, never balked at anything I threw at it, and over that time I have come to really appreciate the built-in needle threader. I don't have any plans to replace mine in the foreseeable future--it should run for decades to come, most likely (with regular cleaning and maintenance, of course!).

I think new it was around $800-900. Have you shopped around on prices at all? Will you have good dealer support with this purchase? Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Date: 3/29/05 7:13 PM

I second that!! I have my 1100AD for 5 years and it works consistently well. I paid $1000 then, so that sounds like a good price.

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Date: 3/30/05 7:21 AM

Thanks for you input. I can't wait to see the machine later this afternoon.

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Date: 6/30/11 9:59 AM

I have 2 Bernina sergers. One is the 1100da and the other one is the 2000de. They are both in excellent condition. I'm going to sell one and I don't know which one to keep. Any advice from anyone who might be familiar with both sergers? Thanks, Susan

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Date: 6/30/11 10:22 AM

I have the 1100D. Total workhorse, only taken in for maintance The 1100DA is very similiar to the current 1150MDA. I think the main difference is the micro tweek you can do on the 1150MDA. That's not much though. I paid about $1000 for my 1100D 12 years ago and it's still going strong.

I also have a 1300MDC but it's amazing how often that's set up to cover when the 1100D is set up to serge. Also when the 1300MDC goes in for maintence I have a solid backup!

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Date: 6/30/11 5:59 PM

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I have 2 Bernina sergers. One is the 1100da and the other one is the 2000de. They are both in excellent condition. I'm going to sell one and I don't know which one to keep. Any advice from anyone who might be familiar with both sergers? n

If the 1100DA is newer, that would be the one to sell. I have the 2000DE and the 1150MDA. My dealer once told me that when the mechanism that does the dial-a-stitch thing that is on the 2000DE (that knob on the right with A,B,C,D...), the part alone is something like $200 - $300 if it goes. It hasn't happened to me yet, but it is something to think about. Dealer also told me the feed dogs are different on the 2000DE, and a lot of his customers complained about how it made serging curves difficult. I never knew the difference until I got my 1150MDA. It does curves much better. BUT..... I love the needle-down option and the free arm of the 2000DE that are no longer offered. Yikes. Maybe it would be better to flip a coin to decide which to sell. Or better yet, keep one set up in rolled hem mode and the other for regular overlocking.
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Date: 7/1/11 12:15 PM

I have the 1200DA, not sure what the diff is on those models, but I LOVE mine! Easy to thread, serges anything I put into it.

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