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Date: 12/24/12 3:52 PM

Hi all. I'm Charlotte. This is my first time de-lurking, and I have a not-so-quick question. I've been poring over the boards for most of 2012, trying to decide on a sewing machine, and I find I'm still beyond confused. I know I'd like a Bernina (the stitch quality and warranty arguments are enough for me), but I'm not quite sure which one to get.

At first, I was stuck between the 1008 and 530. I'm a garment sewer. I don't quilt or machine embroider. I'd like to have one sewing machine and I'd like that machine to be my primary machine for a good while (a decade, maybe). The simplicity of the 1008 appeals to me, but I imagine the lack of needle up/down control, the single buttonhole option, and replacing all of snap-on feet would be annoying. The 530 seems nice, but I've read about stitch quality issues, one poster described it as gross (I think it was PortlandMaine), and I'd personally worry about the buttons getting icky-looking after a while. (I never said I wasn't superficial.)

I agonized for six months, then I finally met the 710 in person and felt that all of my problems were solved. No icky-looking buttons, a large harp, it ran like a dream. I was mildly concerned about bugs with the new hook system and I totally don't need a 9mm stitch, but I was wooed and set to buy after Christmas. Now, we're hearing they won't actually reach customers until March, which is troubling.

My dealer is generous, and within a year you can apply the purchase price of your machine against the sale price of a new machine. Hypothetically, I could just get the 530 or the 1008, then trade it in for the 710 once all of this business gets worked out. That just seems like too much trouble. I'm a college student and it's a really big purchase for me, and it'll be the first machine that I research and buy myself.

So, any advice?

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Date: 12/24/12 4:00 PM

The 1008 is a very minimal machine, even for mechanicals.
I am not a huge fan of it, if you have other options.
The 530 is okay.
It's not a BAD machine but, having just gone through this process myself, if the 710 is calling to you, the 530 isn't going to be what you want.
I'm a garment sewer as well, and I am considering the 750 or 780...just so I can have the capability if I ever decide I WANT to try embroidery.
But I suspect I'd be just fine with the 710.

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Date: 12/24/12 4:17 PM

I have tried out the new 7 series at different stores; they all sewed beautifully and I am lusting after one for myself for the dual feed and larger harp capability. Sold my Bernina 163 to make room for a future purchase. I also have a Juki F600 at home and it offers a lot for the money (love the buttonhole choices and you can adjust the buttonholes as in the 7 series). Just another machine to think about if you are not set on Bernina only.

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Date: 12/24/12 4:39 PM

Ah, so we're all still in for the 7-series? Good to hear. They're beautiful machines.

@sewnew Would you believe I've never looked at the snazzier Jukis? I've only ever seen the industrial models. Thanks for the tip!

@gothdom You're right. I think I've got my heart set on the 7-series and I doubt anything else will do.

Thank you both for your responses.

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Date: 12/24/12 5:08 PM

Yeah, once you've sat at that large harp...
My main machine right now is a 1030, which is the model the 1008 is loosely based on.
I love her to pieces, but there's something about all that space...

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Date: 12/24/12 5:39 PM

As I was once i famously told about Panzy..."look at the size of the harp on him!"

It's the old 9mm joke..."big feet, big harp".


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Date: 12/24/12 11:44 PM

@LynnRowe Ha! (So sorry about your Quincy troubles, by the way.)

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Date: 12/25/12 0:40 AM

Honestly, test drive them all, at least the 530 and 710. Those will probably feel somewhat different. The 530 has a small harp, no dual feed, and 5.5mm max stitch width. The 710 is BIG, heavy, has the bigger harp, dual feed, and 9mm max stitch width. Strengths and weaknesses to each, that's why I have *both* 5.5mm and 9mm machines.

Plenty of 530 owners loving their machines. No machine is for everyone, with such a variety of preferences. I have a 240, 440, and 630-all 5.5mm stitch width Berninas of with more bells and whistles on the 440 and more still on the 630. LOVE THEM.

The 1008 would be a great choice if you just prefer mechanicals, but it's missing the heel-tap needle control and the knee lift (unless I'm mistaken), two of my must-have features, which some older Bernina models do have, so I'd prefer one of those to a 1008.

The 710 and 750 really intrigue me, though I have no need and no room.

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Date: 12/25/12 5:33 AM

Personally, I don't think Bernina is the best choice for garment sewing. The feature sets are geared toward quilters and crafters. In order to get what you need to sew clothes you'd need to get at least a 550 adjustable presser foot pressure, a decent selection of buttonholes with adjustable width, etc.

9mm is too wide for garment sewing. There is no 6mm felling foot available either. Also, problems have been reported with the 5 series sewing on knits. One member here was never able to get her problems solved, and she was talked into purchasing an 830 (!), even though it was demonstrated that a Viking and a Babylock performed better in this regard.

Now with all the problems being reported with the 7 series, I'd wait a year or two for Bernina to get the bugs worked out. These machines are really expensive, and it's outrageous to pay so much money for a faulty machine.

Look at all the brands. You may find exactly what you need, and for less money too. Just because it's a Bernina doesn't mean it's a better-quality machine as has been shown of late, especially.


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Date: 12/25/12 12:17 PM

Soolip, I'm a long term garment sewer and Bernina fan, and am inclined to agree with you about their current offerings for garment oriented machines. It has become increasingly frustrating to me to read about and look at the newer Berninas. They're certainly exquisite, but if you don't quilt or embroider (and don't want to), Bernina only makes a half hearted effort at getting your business by making you pay for features you won't use to get features you want.

I recall that computerized machines aren't your thing, but you seem to be up on the various brands. If you were looking for an excellent quality, new computerized garment sewing machine, which brand and model would you choose?

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