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Date: 9/23/12 3:11 PM

I am in the market for a new Bernina and considering the 580 or the 780. Currently, I do quilting and dress making on my 153 and would like to start embroidery. The extra room on the 780 is a plus. If the 580 included the BSR, that would be an attractive deal. The 780 includes the BSR, but is more $$$. Anyone have an opinion on which way to go?

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Date: 9/23/12 3:50 PM

780.

The 580 is very pretty...but lookit all that stainless steel on the 780!

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Date: 9/23/12 3:53 PM

My best advice is to take your own fabrics and test both machine thoroughly and you find out which one suits you best. You really don't need a BSR to do FMQ.

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Date: 9/23/12 4:03 PM

Your dealer may be able to sell you a BSR as part of a package deal-- but you might also want to look into the 750 with embroidery module. (MSRP $7500)


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Date: 9/23/12 7:24 PM

The 780 is to die for in my opinion. But I agree you should test both and compare the feature.

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Date: 9/23/12 8:10 PM

Nearly every time I use my 830 I marvel over the wonders of the extra capacity bobbin. Such a little convenience but I comment to the hubbie about the value added (to me) over and over again.

Really used the tailor tacking stitch last week. Oh, that was awesome. Used it to mark hems and then tack the hems for finishing. Also used it for marking a precise line for turning on a long edge that had some seamed portions and some open portions. So much quicker than measuring and marking.

And, as much as I dislike the lack of machine portability, I am continually blown away by the absolute luxury of space.

When comparing the two, consider the placement of the function buttons close to the needle. For instance, on the 830, they are placed on an area of the machine that slants back in a bit; I think they could have down a little better. The pictures of the 780 look as if the placement might be better than the 830. I would not have thought of checking this when I was shopping but would hope that you would compare that between the 780 and 580.

And, of course, built in dual feed. Almost forgot to mention that since I haven't tried either of the machines you are interested in. My personal take is that I will not purchase a machine without built in dual feed. I tried one, briefly, without. With three decades of experience sewing with built in dual feed it was a shock to find out how much of the guiding and handling work it took over when I tried to bond with a machine without. My wrists, in particular, protested.

I think sewing just about everything is better with dual feed. Since I've been doing it so long I had just not realized the ergonomic benefits that go with it.
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Date: 9/23/12 9:36 PM

I agree about the button placement on the 830. They are so low and slated in so that I have to crouch down to see them. You do get used to what sits where, but I hope the 7 series are placed better just because...

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Date: 9/23/12 11:09 PM

SewBusy is right, best to test drive. But I'd be highly inclined toward the 780 for the dual feed. If you want it to be portable, however, the 580 is the clear choice.

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Date: 9/24/12 9:49 AM

Actually I just did this last weekend. My dealer has a 780 on the floor and plain and simple it's too big for my cabinet. So I test drove the 580 - and loved it! I'm only a quilter by need (if I need a quilt) but do mostly clothing and home dec so this totally fits the bill.

On thing I'm totally excited about is the buttonholes! the width between the beads can be widened!

I guess if size was no object I might have wanted the 780 but I'm really happy I went with the 580 - can't wait until it comes in!

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Date: 9/24/12 9:56 AM

Annenet, congratulations!

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