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Kimberly Johnson
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Date: 5/22/13 7:46 PM

A local guy is selling a artista 180 for 500.00, BUT it wont power on and he doesn't know whats wrong with it. Would it be worth it or should i just pass? Whats the worst case scenario on a repair bill? Opinions please.

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Date: 5/22/13 7:50 PM

There's no way I would pay that kind of money for a machine that isn't working. That's a TON of money to gamble on.

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Date: 5/23/13 8:18 AM

Thanks, that's what I thought too, but wanted to make sure I wasn't passing up some incredible deal.

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Date: 5/23/13 9:56 AM

May be he just does not know which way to turn the knob. Or, it could have a broken circuit board.

You could look at it, but not at that price.

$200 might be a better price considering it does not "power on".

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Date: 5/23/13 11:00 AM

Can you call a dealer and ask what the worst case cost would likely be? Not being able to power on would frighten me away on all but vintage Singer machines. I think this one might be a good one to miss out on.

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Date: 5/31/13 12:15 PM

I have a 180 and have nothing but problems with it right from the start. I know why after using this machine Bernina stopped making this model.

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Date: 6/1/13 7:07 AM

Berninas are generally excellent but there have been lemons in some new introductions.
Computer boards in early models last 5-8 years. Mine was $280 for my 430. Only sign was would not turn on one day. It was a gently used and very well cared for machine.
I would ask about taking it to a dealer to get to the bottom of the problem before purchase. You could meet him half way on the cost of the estimate and negotiate a price on repairs. But I would never buy a machine that would not turn on. Unless I really knew the model and could afford whatever the repairs would cost.

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Date: 6/1/13 2:45 PM

I had a 180, and when the power died, I sold it on Craigslist for $50. I would not pay $500; I was surprised anyone paid $50. I'd expect that it will cost you several hundred to get it repaired - assuming a dealer is even willing to do that. It might even be heard to get an estimate if the dealer can't look at the machine first.

Also second the people who had problems with it. The bobbin tension was never correct for embroidering.

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Date: 6/2/13 12:27 PM

Maybe they bought it for parts?

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Date: 6/2/13 2:07 PM

The boards and all will cost you way more than that machine is worth.

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