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Date: 8/30/12 11:48 AM

Ok fellow Bernina addicts, it's time we had our own thread! Feel free to discuss any of the Bernina's you own or want to own. Tell us what you love or don't love about your Bernina!

I'll start off by saying I bought the 440QE in October 2010. Within a month I upgraded to the 635LE because I wanted to do embroidery with a USB after selling my Janome 350E. I sold off all my Janome machines after buying a lemon Horizon 7700. I was bitten buy the Bernina bug instantly while demoing the 440. While the 440 sewed beautifully, I loved all the features of the 635: color touch screen, stitch sew out display just to name a couple.

Then I was bit by the 8 series bug big time and I had never even sewn on one! I love bells and whistles!! In April 2011 when HP visited our dealer in Omaha, I traded my 635 in for the 820 and also took the workshop on the 830LE/830 they offered that afternoon. The 830LE was my dream machine but out of my budget so I settled on the 820. Two months later, my dealer participated in the 48 months financing during the Biggest Sale of the Season. They had a workshop where they offered 6 brand new 830/830LE's at demo prices with a free jumbo hoop. I jumped on that offer since it fit my budget easily and decided I preferred the plain face of the 830. Even though the 820 is a great machine, I should have never settled on it since I really wanted the 830. I had a hard time seeing the screen on the 820 even though you can adjust the contrast and lighting. Even my eldest DD thought it was hard to see. My dealer offers full purchase price trade up value for the first year, so I did not loose any money in my trade ups.

I am a very happy 830 owner! I still can't believe I paid that much for a sewing/embroidery machine!!! DH thought I was crazy, but gave the go ahead since I am paying for it. The only real issue I've had is the needle threader. It was replaced several times and one time had the entire assembly (shaft and all) replaced. I did have to have the L print board replaced in June due to some weird things that happened when sewing one day that could not be explained. I have my 830 plugged into a UPS with more power than I actually need. I keep the machine unplugged when not in use.

I love the dual feed, jumbo bobbin, automatic threader, automatic thread cutter, huge color touch screen just to name a few. I'm now into quilting and get accurate results with the #37D and dual feed engaged.

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Update: July 25, 2013

Please follow a few simple rules when posting to the Bernina Love Thread:

(1) This thread is now over 720 pages. We get off topic and it is much easier follow a particular issue if it has its own thread. If you are having any major issues with your machine, please start a new thread. That way, responses will be easy for you to read and directed towards the specific issue.
(2) Please, if you disagree with something someone posted, PM them to keep it between you two or be nice in your response.

Thank you!

UPDATE February 4, 2014
In light of recent events and the temporary closing of this thread due to certain posts, as the originator of this thread, I feel the need to post guidelines.

This is a Bernina LOVE thread. I understand our machines are not always perfect. Some have problems while others never do. I want you to feel free to share your likes and dislikes, any issues you may have, resolutions by either a dealer/tech/other owner. We are here to support each other, give advice, share projects we have made on our Berninas and help those new to Bernina or those thinking of purchasing a Bernina.

If you are having an issue with your machine, you might consider starting your own thread as well as asking here. This Love thread is very long and it is easy for a post to get buried quickly due to the amount of posts. While we will be very happy to try to help with an issue, having your own thread will assure it will not get lost.

I do not expect everyone to love Bernina as we do. There are so many wonderful machines on the market that are made by other companies. A lot of us have had or do have other brand machines were have loved and/or hated for various reasons. Bernina just happens to be the one that has “clicked” for us and we became avid Bernina lovers instantly.

It is very necessary to test drive any and all machines in your budget that will meet your sewing needs. While a Bernina is my favorite, you may favor another brand. That is fine. That is why I always suggest testing before buying. Also be sure to have a good dealer/tech just in case you have any issues with your new machine.

This LOVE thread is not the place for debating or rude behavior. Let me say is it okay to disagree with a post. It is not ok to be rude, obnoxious or vicious.

Simple Posting Guidelines
1. Be kind and courteous even if you do not agree with what is being said.

2. If you do not agree with a post (that does happen!) and cannot answer in a civil manner then please do not post at all.

3. Any posts that come across as harassment, an attack on Bernina, a comment, or someone who has posted are not welcomed!

4. Sometimes it is just better to PM a person so you can discuss any disagreements privately.

Please enjoy the Bernina Love thread and its valuable information!

Please take the time to read this very important closed thread:
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By moderator EleanorSews

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-- Edited on 2/4/14 9:23 AM --

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✝The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1✝

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Date: 8/30/12 12:04 PM

Great idea. A Bernina love thread. I do enjoy the Pfaff and Horizon ones very much.

I have the 630. I bought it in February. I spent $3700 for it and for some feet, and a ss plate. I like my machine very much. I am still learning all it can do for me. I did not buy the BSR or the embroidery module. Not sure I want to go that direction, but I wanted the choice of learning embroidery or not. This machine sews wonderfully. I am making my 2nd quilt on it.
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I did attempt stitch in the ditch on it. I am doing everything from start to finish on this one. My first was a long arm class project and the binding is not on it. For this one, I will do everything. My next project I will try FMQ on it and see how well I do with making doodles and so forth.

I have the walking foot on my machine and the open toe sole. It is so much easier to see with that sole in the walking foot than it was wiht the ditch sole.

I need to make a quilt sandwich and stitch out each of the stitches and make a book so I have a reference guide. My dealer is very nice and I would love to find an excuse to go visit them soon.

I do love my Charlie and enjoy sewing with him. Never had a machine I named after a man before. I named it after my Dad, as the faceplate is blue and not gold. I keep him plugged into a USP with enough power for the 630 and my serger. When I am not sewing, the cord is still plugged into the USP, but not into the 630.

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Date: 8/30/12 12:10 PM

I've been following the Pfaff Love Thread with great interest! I also have my Bernina serger plugged into the UPS when in use.

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✝The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1✝

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Date: 8/30/12 12:32 PM

When I went to visit the Bernina herd this week, I saw the 830LE in person for the first time. I liked that the red was actually more of a burgundy. The one that caught my eye though was the 580. What a little cutie! Now if it had had the stainless steel bed (to satisfy my craving for stainless steel ) and if the price had been even remotely reasonable... Maybe it's just Cdn pricing but it was just ridiculous!

I think if I were to get a Bernina for my back-up machine, I'd order from the UK. Their prices, even with shipping (and several offer free shipping) are far better than locally. I'm not keen on the local Bernina dealers themselves, either.

Looking forward to lotsa news, gossip and pics of Bernina stuffs on this love thread!

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 8/30/12 1:06 PM

When I took the workshops and sewed on the 830LE both times, I realized the gloss and pretty design on the LE would be distracting to me. I love the matte finish of my 830 plus HP signed it right under the "830" and that makes it very special! I am not partial to the shiny black on the new machines. Too glossy for me. I have the best dealer!! They sell only Bernina and have done so for almost 37 years.

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✝The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1✝

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Date: 8/30/12 1:15 PM

Well, it's about time you started this thread!!! :)

I'm still kinda lusting after getting a Bernina with the BSR... but then I hear on here that it's overrated. I guess I need to try one out, eh?

And now that Babylock & Brother have come out with some sort of pen-like gizmo that lets you determine where you want the machine to stitch... well... I guess it would be interesting to see which method would be worth investing in.

I'm looking forward to reading all things Bernie-related. Thanks for starting this one!

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Date: 8/30/12 1:16 PM

Oh... so what is UPS or USP?

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Date: 8/30/12 1:32 PM

UPS: Uninterrupted Power Supply. It's basically a battery back up. If you have power surges or the power goes out when the machine is on, it takes the hit, not the machine. In case of a power outage, you can safely turn off your machine.

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♥ Bernina 830E ♥ Bernina 1150MDA serger

✝The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1✝

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Date: 8/30/12 1:33 PM

I bought my very first Bernina about 2 years ago, mainly because I know so many people whose work I admire, and they all sew on Berninas. I also wanted the specialty feet. I got the 730E, thinking I would get to embroidery at some point. I was addicted right away.
Last year I bought an 830LE (I LOVE the red face plate), and more recently bought a 350PE as a backup machine.
I love the quality, obvious thought that has gone into design of the machine itself, the software and the extras. Everything feels so solid.
I know a lot of folks don't like combo machines, but the fact that I can choose regular stitches and sew them on the embroidery unit is invaluable. I make little makeup bags that I quilt--used to do this one row at a time, now I use the jumbo hoop. :)
Everything just seems easier on my Berninas.

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Date: 8/30/12 1:42 PM

Diana thanks for starting this!

I became a Bernina girl after a visit to a very large Brother/Jamome dealership, ready to plop down big money on a Brother Quattro. I was treated so badly I left. Viking and Pfaff were not options at that time. I thought BL was overpriced since the Brothers were basically the same.

I walk into the B dealer, and was immediately welcomed and made to feel at home. They have never failed to call me by name when i walk in, even if its been a while. I immediately loved the feel of sewing with the 730. Just so precise. I loved the look, especially the screen! It has a marvelous straight stitch and plentiful dec stitches. I won't do a mini review, but suffice it to say it is full of features. I then obtained lil' sister, the 350, and love her deeply too!

The board did have to be replaced. But I know it was due to me having waaay too many things plugged into one 15 amp circuit. No problems in the last two years since I installed a separate circuit for my iron.

I am thinking of upgrading at some point. Had I the money and space, it would be an 830 LE before they run out.
Why an upgrade? My eyes are bad, and The 730 has older style lighting, and combined with the gray extension bed, not enough light. My 350 with its white bed and LEDs have me spoiled. Also, the harp is really small on this machine. The only other thing I would prefer is the way the Brother and BL hoops connect to those machines.
I really have so many feet and accessories it would be like changing children to switch brands now! But not out of the question.

My own dealer whom I love dearly doesn't do trades, but one an hour away does. Now isnt the time to try and sell it, as they are on closeout prices at dealers, and I really dont want to ship her anywhere. I am so torn, so I'm just biding my time. But every time I sit to sew with the 730, I still love her -- a lot!

I will definitely go and visit the new 7 series when they arrive. Can't afford a 780, and not sure about the screens on the others. Not sure I'd like having to go in so deep to menus. 730 screen is larger and more colorful, which I like.

One other thing is I have to decide weather or not I want to continue with embroidery. It just hasn't been my favorite thing to do, but I like having the option!
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