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Kristikay22
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Date: 12/3/12 7:40 PM

I've read the reviews I JUST introduced myself to Bernina via a craigslist find. $575 and I got myself a Bernina 180 with all of the attachments, cases, embroidery and even the computer to go with it to avoid connectivity issues! FUN
So it's connected and working. I have nothing to complain about (took some work to get that far, but now I'm good).
But I"m already in Bernina-love and thinking about my next move up
I really ONLY miss thread cutter and well the threader is dumb... but I hear Brother has a patent on theirs, so there ya go.

Dealer (whom I have only spoken with on the phone) said the 730 (I think?) for $3300 is what she has in the store and what she likes and sews with! She also has my Artista 180 at home that she uses solely for sewing.

I happened to see one on Craigslist listed for 1500. It's a 200 that's upgraded to a 730.

ANYWAY - all of this is just to ask advice I have my brother to sell once I figure it all out as well as I will only keep (much to my dismay...) 1 machine OR go for one sewing and 1 sole embroidery machine. I won't keep a backup.

Hmmmm.... hubby suggested finishing my orders and projects for now and get them listed to sell before Christmas. BUT not sure I can handle (or that we can handle!) buying new by any means and don't wanna be left without?!

Other suggestions or models to consider? I sew lots of knits, a fair amount of detailed embroidery. I sew kids clothes with a euro style/flair

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Date: 12/3/12 7:57 PM

That's a great price for a 730 ($3300). MSRP is $9499. It is 9mm. They were recently discontinued but will come with a full warranty. It should come with the embroidery module for that price. The 200/730....has it been upgraded to use the BSR and is that included? Also, you never know when a computer board will go and that would be costly to fix. Something to think about. Price is cheap enough, but I would buy one from your dealer to get the warranty and support.

You might consider the 630/635. They are 5.5 mm and were recently discontinued. I sewed lots of knits on mine and the embroidery is just as nice as what I do with my 830. MSRP is $5699 with embroidery.

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Date: 12/3/12 8:01 PM

Many people love their 730s, but it wasn't for me. I bought a new one a couple of years ago and kept it less than a year before I traded up to the 830LE. The 730 is the only Bernina machine that uses a Windows operating system and it's very slow starting up and moving from one function to the other. If you don't mind that, it's fine. As far as price, take a look at what they're selling for on eBay.

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Date: 12/3/12 8:20 PM

$3300 is a great price, because that's about what they are going for on ebay - at least what the two main sellers are getting. One of those dealers boasts less than an hour of use on every machine they sell, and they both have stellar ads.

I've got a 730 which I love. It does have loads of features, and I don't find it so slow to be a hindrance. It takes mine about 52 seconds to boot. By the time I turn on the iron, and do a few other little things, she's ready to sew.
The only time it is is slower is when re-calculating a very large design if I've enlarged or reduced it. One thing to note with the 730 is it's small harp space. In height, there is just under 4 inches, and 7.5 to the right of the needle. The lighting is rather dim compared to the new machines with the LED lighting. But if you have younger eyes it may not be an issue.

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Date: 12/3/12 8:27 PM

I agree that the $3300.00 price from your dealer is very good. That is what I would go with. FWIW I have owned a 200 upgraded, and a 730. I was so much happier with the 730 when I traded in my 200. Like SouthernStitch, the slowness never bothered me. I loved my 730.

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Date: 12/3/12 9:45 PM

Usually, but not always, when someone sews on a Bernina, they discover how great they are. There are some who do not like them for this reason or that reason, but most just love them. I know, as I was one of them too.

My 630 is my 3rd Bernina.

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Date: 12/4/12 12:06 PM

I am biased, I work for a dealer. But, I think if you are going to go for a 730, go through the dealer. You will get lessons and support. Provided the dealer is good, you are not buying a pig in a poke, but a machine which has been gone over by a trained tech. Sometimes good deals turn out to be good deals (like your 180). Sometimes they turn out to be disasters. It depends on how much you are willing to risk.
I am glad you have found Bernina Love. Welcome to the club.

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Date: 12/4/12 9:34 PM

I mean I just love my 180 thus far? Other than connectivity... and the cutters - I can't find a darn thing to complain about really?! Maybe the wider feed dogs.... those aren't my favorite BUT it doesn't bother me that much?
Hmm... I HAVE found the love! It was NOT love at first sight. Took some tinkering and trying... reading and re-trying and just learning how these suckers operate but I feel like I just went from a stick shift to an automatic! And if I step up - it'll be like getting heated, leather seats and such
Ahhh. Nice. She's embroidering behind me now. I know most folks don't use these for embroidery anymore but I am having no problems whatsoever now that I have it all connected!!

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Date: 12/5/12 11:51 AM

I am glad you are liking the 180. We want to see the finished design, you know.

Have you decided on a test day for shopping for another machine?

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