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which is best older bernina w/o embroidery
sassy1944
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Date: 11/18/12 8:16 AM

I want a Bernina, why? I don't know, just because I like machines & I don't have a "B", I have a Juki, a singer, a brother, a brother embroidery & a Janome 660p, plus a serger & a couple of others. But I don't want an embroidery nor do I want to spend thousands of dollars, maybe a thousand or less for a used one. Which Bernina is best for piecing, free motion, & quilting that I can not invest my life savings in? Thanks for any imput.

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Date: 11/18/12 8:46 AM

Do you want a newer model or older model? The 440QE can still be found and comes with the walking foot and BSR. Although this won't fit your budget The 1130 is an old time favorite. It is electronic and is 4mm, I think. The 1230 is the same as the 1130 but with the alphabet. You can readily find them on eBay or Sewitsforsale yahoo group. You can also visit a Bernina dealer and see what used machines they have. Most dealers offer some kind of warranty with their used machines.

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Date: 11/18/12 9:24 AM

Thanks for your reply yes, I was expecting to have to look for an older used machine but I don't live within 100 miles of a Bernina dealer so shopping for one there is not practical. I belong to a quilting guild many of the ladies have Berninas so I think I would be ok with their guidance & instruction but I'm used to the 5mm width & don't think I would be content with anything smaller. would prefer a 7 or 9mm. I'll keep researching.

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Date: 11/18/12 10:04 AM

5xx,6xx,7xx,8xx,, and 9xx series were all 4mm
The succeeding Berninas are at least 5.5mm.
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Date: 11/18/12 10:49 AM

The 1630, 450 and some current models are 9mm. Nothing older is that I know of.

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Date: 11/18/12 11:23 AM

If you want a 9mm machine then the 1630 for the price you are looking in. It was TOL in the early mid 90's I had it. It has so much going for it. You would definitly need a straight stitch plate for piecing and for sewing anything soft and light at least a 5.5 stitch plate. It is a very heavy machine, has the real basting stitch and mulitdirectional sewing plus you can design your own patterns on the screen. I dont know why I traded mine in, aside for the fact that it needed some fixing, but I got a pittance for it! That is before I joined this group and realized its OK to have more then One Machine. LOL

Other then the 9mm that would cost around 1000, I dont know any others to recommend. I did not like the 180's era of machines so do not know anything about them.

The other used options that are great machine are the 1130, 1230 1530 and 1260. 1090, 1080. All computerized and Dont know the stitch with I think they are 5mm? Not sure maybe 5.5
Some one jump in please. (My personal fans are the 1530, and 1230 and 1260)

If you want a small one then I would def. look at 230 or a 240 and even a new 330 or slightly over $1,000 350. They will have the 5.5
width be super portable and have the same stitch quality as all the others. The new machines are terrific too, and will give you better lighting new technology and dealer warranty.
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Date: 11/18/12 11:26 AM

I understand completely. I became Bernina-curious just a couple years ago. It started with a fully accessorized 930 that I drove all day to Wisconsin to retrieve and snuck into the house.

That led to a 440 and I now have 2 vintage and 4 modern Berninas.

The only thing I don't like about my 930 is that it doesn't have either the heel tap needle control or the ability to set the needle stop to down. Consequently, I don't use it as much. My 731 lacks that AND the knee lift, but I'm in love withe avocado metal, so...

If I could have any vintage Bernina, it would be a 1030 or 1031. It has knobs, levers, and dials like my 930, not buttons like the 1130.

If I sound crazy, remember that it started with "I want one of those Berninas everyone is raving about.

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Date: 11/18/12 11:49 AM

I would troll ebay for the different models and the prices and features. There is one seller...Judy who is a reliable seller based on her reviews. You might find used machines at your dealer.

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Date: 11/18/12 12:20 PM

Did a search for 9 MM Machines. Second item/page 3 is interesting.

The best used anything is the one that was well care for by the original owner.


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Date: 11/18/12 1:49 PM

The aurora series is very well regarded. I have a 5.5 mm 155 which is an excellent machine, very similar to the aurora series w/out embroidery. These older machines are workhorses. I would contact dealers for what they have in stock; they may ship to you when they get a model you're looking for.

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