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Choosing Machine for Travel/Vacations/Classes
WelshSewer
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Date: 6/9/13 9:07 PM

I have a Bernina 930, a Bernina 1260, a Bernina serger and a Bernine Fun Lock cover machine. Both the 930 an 1260 are fixed in cabinets and are extremely heavy. The one time I took the 930 to a class, I just about broke my backI am considering buying another machine that I can use when we go on trips in the caravan or to classes that is lighter than the ones I have now. I LOVE my machines but a lighter one would be terrific for travelling.

I don't mind if the travel machine is more basic than the 1260. Perhaps it could be along the lines of the 930. I would, however, like it to do a nice buttonhole.

I also don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a travel machine. I am prepared to pay enough to buy a good quality machine, though. Does it have to be new? Hmmm, probably - but, again, it depends.

I think Bernina is probably the best choice for me since it is my preferred brand and because I can swap feet with the machines I have now. However, I am open to all suggestions.

As for what I should be prepared to pay, I don't have a clue what prices I should expect. I am so out of touch with what's new in machines since I bought my 1260 in 1997.






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Date: 6/9/13 9:13 PM

The 350 is my travel machine, it's the middle of the 3 series. No presser foot pressure, but honestly, it isn't an issue. They set it light enough for most applications. I paid $1199 for mine, floor model. I think you could snag a used one for $800-900. It's a sweet, smooth machine.
Since I got the 530, I've considered selling it and using the 530 as the travel machine, but I'm not sure yet what I'll do.

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Date: 6/9/13 9:28 PM

If you like mechanical, the Minimatics are somewhat lighter. They could use the feet you have. But they don't have knee lifters.

Or an Activa, the generation before the current 3 series. I have a 240, with knee lifter. Even needle down if I borrow the foot pedal from my 440 or 630.

But the 3 series have updated lighting, the speed slider, stop-start. Worth the extra.

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Date: 6/9/13 9:35 PM

another vote here for a 350!

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Date: 6/9/13 10:17 PM

My designated class/travel machine is a B530 named Pal. I would use Ash, my B350SE, but she is just waaaay too pretty to be allowed out anywhere. Too many sticky fingers out there!

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Date: 6/9/13 10:36 PM

the feet from your 930 or 1260 can't be used on the new machines and vice versa.

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Date: 6/9/13 10:38 PM

Yeah, I got my 240 on closeout. My main machines were my 820 and 440. Later I got a used 630 (which is Bernina's best computerized regular size machine, IMO). If I'd known the 440 could have become my travel/class machine.

I'd love a 350, but with 3 other computerized 5.5mm Bernina's, I can't justify that at all, lol.

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Date: 6/9/13 10:50 PM

I have a Bernina 380 and really love it, with the walking foot adjustable foot pressure really is not an issue.
I would also consider the 350, or a 210, 230, 240.
If you want to stick with Bernina, other wise I would look
Babylock they make some really nice small light wt. machines that are less expensive. What will you be sewing with it?

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Date: 6/9/13 11:17 PM

Baby lock Audrey is a nice light weight travel machine , and was designed for such

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Date: 6/10/13 0:37 AM

Quote....I think Bernina is probably the best choice for me since it is my preferred brand and because I can swap feet with the machines I have now.

WelshSewer,
I also thought all Bernina machines' feet would be interchangeable! Not always the case. They are only within certain series. My 1090 feet would probably be interchangeable with your 930 and 1260. My 430 Aurora is a different series , foot has red on the shaft but it is interchangeable with my daughter's 145 Activa so we swap feet and only buy one specialty foot if we really need it.
HTH.

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