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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Motherboard replaced in Bernina Aurora 440 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Motherboard replaced in Bernina Aurora 440
Advices needed from Bernina users
CozyCotton
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Date: 11/14/12 9:15 PM

I want to buy a second hand Bernina 440. The seller told me they bought it 6 years ago and recently they replaced the motherboard. Will the machine still be good after the motherboard was replaced? I never used a Bernina before but look forward to. Hope Bernina users here and give me some advice.

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Date: 11/15/12 3:53 AM

I have a 430 , which I bought in Canada. I had to replace the motherboard earlier this year. Luckily it was still under warranty, International warranty recognition by Bernina which was great as I only had to pay $20 for labour. It works beautifully. I took it to a Bernina dealer I had known long before I went to Canada to live for a few years in 2004 in Chermside, N of Brisbane. Where are you located?
You can PM me if you want. Good Luck with your 440.
BTW My first Bernina was an 807 I bought in 1973 and my step daughter still uses it, then I bought a 1090 which is my workhorse in 1992, My daughter uses my 145 Activa bought in 2002 and I treated myself to the 430 5 years ago. Hope this is helpful.

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Date: 11/15/12 7:08 AM

I have a Bernina Artista 180 That I purchased new in 2002. It has two motherboards, one is called an "S" and the other is an "L". One is more expensive than the other. One is about 150 to purchase and the other is about $500. (I don't remember which one is the more expensive.) The prices were quoted to me by the Bernina dealer.
From my dealer I quote: "when one goes, the other one usually follows closely behind." Since my machine was still under warranty, the dealer elected to replace both for me. That was in about 1987.
In 2010, the cheaper of the two circuit boards blew again. That time it cost me about $200. I chose not to replace the more expensive one at that time because of my "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" policy.
Following the replacement of these circuit boards both in 1987 and then again 2010, the machine functioned beautifully.
In 2010, since I was in the middle of sewing something that needed to be finished immediately, I was in a real pickle the second time the circuit board blew. I vowed never to be in a predicament like that again. I purchased a mechanical Bernina 1031 as a backup.
I love the quality of the stitch output and the features the Artista 180 E offers, but I sure don't like the fact it is a computer and subject to all the same issues a regular PC has.

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Date: 11/15/12 8:57 AM

What happened to your 430 that you had to change to motherboard?

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Date: 11/15/12 9:01 AM

I agree all these disadvantage the computerized machine may have unfortunately.

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Date: 11/16/12 5:39 AM

I plugged in my machine, switched it on and a few seconds later there was a "strange sound and the a puff of smoke and a nasty smell". i switched it off,
Then I phoned the dealer as I mentioned earlier (I don't like the one closest to me). He wanted my sales receipt, which must have got lost when we moved back to OZ. But the box had the date on it when it was sent to my dealer in Canada. the date was well within the 5 years so I was very lucky, otherwise it would have cost approx $400.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:17 PM

My 730 had to have the S board replaced right after I bought it (2 months), but it was definitely the electrical in my house. Once I got that fixed and waited to plug the repaired machine in till it was done -- all has been well for 2 years.
Just be sure that you don't have the machine on the same circuit as your iron and that you have a great UPS/surge suppressor. A UPS will provide cleaner electrical to your machines. And of course always unplug them when not in use, and you should be fine.
I would prefer a used machine whose MB has been replaced recently.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:50 PM

I wish I had known my current dealer when I had the 153qe with the motherboard problem. I was told by my old dealer the mb would be Very Expensive to replace. If she meant $400, I would have had it done in a heartbeat, as I liked that machine very much, but those small stitches drove me nuts. She made it sound like it was at least $2000, so I traded it for the Pfaff. While I like my Pfaff, it does not sew like a Bernina and never will. It is a good Pfaff, though.

My new dealer is fabulous and I really like them. Too bad I don't have any money to buy another machine. I'd choose the 350.

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