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Replace my 1630?
Michigan USA
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Date: 9/9/12 4:16 PM

How I love my 1630, but I've had the circuit board replaced and timing, etc. adjusted - but my dealer and repair guy seems to think I've just about worn it out. However, I LOVE it and would like another one just like it!!! What are the chances that I will find another 1630 out there that hasn't been used as much as mine - yet was well taken care of? Mine still looks like new! I own just about any foot ever made for it, as well as all the accessories. I'd like to be able to use them all again. I own a Deco 340 for embroidery, so I'm not really looking for that. I'd like a good, reliable workhorse of a machine. Advice????
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In reply to SewBzzzy

Date: 9/9/12 5:07 PM

here's one.1630
starting out price is 400.
Here's another one.1630 #2
this one starts at 200.
Here's another one.1630
this one starts at 500.
All of these machines are on ebay.

Ecclesiastes 11:7,8 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. Even if you live to a ripe old age, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. (CEV)


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In reply to SewBzzzy

Date: 9/9/12 5:55 PM

yeh, i'd just keep an eye out for a minty one and keep using the one you have. If the board was replaced, there shouldn't be much else wrong that can't be fixed. It could get a complete over-haul and be good as new which might cost you about as much as buying one of the ebay machines. It also might continue to work for you for another 10 years, too. But yes, they are out there and probably not too hard to find.
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Date: 9/10/12 9:13 AM

I'm in the same pickle with my 1530. Have had the brain replaced but it's still not working up to par.

Have you heard the story about the mudslide? A Bernina rep at their booth in Puyallup this year told me that there was a mudslide at the Bernina Factory that filled the basement with mud and ruined spare parts plus machine and die parts for manufacturing more spare parts for certain machines in their line. She said the 1530 was one of the unlucky models and that it would get harder and harder to find parts to repair it. I have not heard this from dealers or repair people or, in fact, anyone else, so I wondered if it was more a high-pressure sales tactic with a germ of truth at the bottom than something I should really be worrying about. There was no trouble getting my circuit board rebuilt at the factory, it just took a while.

I also mention the mudslide story since the 1530 and 1630 are of the same vintage and in an organized storage facility, and the Swiss are famously organized, you'd expect their parts to be stored in the same place.

So, has anyone else heard that story about a mudslide at the Bernina factory ruining parts for various models and making it impossible to manufacture more?
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Date: 9/10/12 9:25 AM

So sorry about your beloved machine. I am sure you could one another one but I know that isn't quite the same.
It is interesting about the mudslide ruining parts and machining equipment-I would think the machining equipment could be cleaned even if the parts were ruined. I am surprised that Bernina promises to keep parts on hand for as long as they do. It is not to their advantage or to any other manufacturer to keep big warehouses full of parts-it is too their advantage to sell new machines.
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In reply to Kelly D.

Date: 9/10/12 2:14 PM

Yes I heard there was a flood at the factory and a lot of old parts were destroyed. I think this was years ago. Nevertheless I have purchased back ups for my older Bernina machines in case I need parts.

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