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sewingGB
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Date: 7/22/13 2:48 PM

I'm just getting into machine embroidery (yea), and found two used machines, a 630 from a private individual, and a 640 from my local dealer. Have decided to go with the dealer's machine.
It has all the accessories except the medium hoop - presume this is the basic size that is best to start with? $69 seems pricey, but then again it's Bernina.
At least the dealer is including a brand new BSR.
I also asked him to price a straight stitch plate, that seems to keep the fabric from getting too deep into the 9mm stitch plate.
I'm picking it up Wed, but just asking for last minute comments before I turn over my $$.
Thanks for opinions / reviews :)

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Date: 7/22/13 4:09 PM

I don't have one but I don't think you can go wrong with a 6xx, everyone here seems to think they're the best of the best.
I do have to say that I think it's really strange that the 630 and the 640 have different feed dog widths since they're in the same series. Whose idea was that?

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Date: 7/22/13 4:25 PM

Quote: lgrande
I do have to say that I think it's really strange that the 630 and the 640 have different feed dog widths since they're in the same series. Whose idea was that?

The 430 and 440 also had a different width than the 450. I think Bernina did that on purpose so people who had different needs would be able to find a machine they liked in the series.


As for Bernina for embroidery- honestly, I wouldn't go with them for embroidery again (I only did because they threw the module in with the machine purchase). The hoops/software are just way too expensive. I so badly want a hoop other than my large oval hoop that came with the module (I'd like something smaller, actually), but everytime I look at the price I nearly pass out. Maybe it is all hoops, I don't know- but I haven't been able to find generics that work with Bernina.
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Date: 7/22/13 5:52 PM

I have the 640. I bought it in 2007 because I thought I might get into machine embroidery. I've done very little machine embroidery but what I did do was lovely. It isn't the greatest machine embroidery machine out there by today's standards. Technology has come along in leaps and bounds since then and it wasn't the TOL Bernina ME machine to begin with. Having said that, this is a cracker of a machine. She (or he) is a solid, reliable, no fuss workhorse. I've had six hassle free years of sewing with mine. She can handle just about anything I throw at her (occasionally I have to use the hump jumper but not too often). She can handle knits, denim and everything in between. She makes gorgeous buttonholes and lovely quilting stitches. I am looking to upgrade because I would like even feed and don't want to/can't always use the walking foot, but I'm not getting rid of her.

So it comes down to what you want to do with your sewing. If ME is your main concern, there are more advanced machines out there. If you want a machine that will sew garments and quilts beautifully, you can't go wrong with a 640. Just be aware that this is a discontinued line but apparently Bernina keeps parts for discontinued machines for 20 years. You may want to verify before committing. Good luck with your decision.

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Date: 7/22/13 7:23 PM

Don't worry, you're going to love it!

I have the 630E, and after a few years I added the 830 because I wanted the wider stitches (in addition to more embroidery room, automatic thread cutter, and a few other extras that my 630 didn't have). I added the straight stitch plate and a 5mm stitch plate to the 830. Sometimes I want a narrow zig zag, and sometimes a straight stitch where I don't want to worry about the plate hole being too large. I think you're on the right track with the straight stitch plate for your 640.

About the 830, I would say that machine isn't for everyone, but the 630 and 640 are both easy to love (and much easier to use than 830). Enjoy your new machine!

P.S. The first time I made buttonholes on my 630 I was a little nervous. I read the manual section on buttonholes 4 times, then worried and fretted for while. When I finally got the gumption to try the buttonhole on the machine, it took only 30 seconds and all I had to do was rethread the bobbin through the bobbin finger, put on the buttonhole foot, and press a button... It was SO EASY I laughed at myself, and had to call my dealer right away and tell her how much I loved my new machine!

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Date: 7/22/13 9:35 PM

I have the 630E and it is a solid machine for embroidery and sewing. I think you will be happy with the 640. As was already mentioned it does not have all the bells and whistles as the TOLs now do but it has enough features to make it a great machine.

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Date: 7/22/13 10:15 PM

Thanks for the great comments. This unit has less than 24hrs stitch time in total and should do a lot of things my 240 doesn't.
Figure we all start somewhere and just can't justify going head first on a tol, the wading pool is ok for now:)

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Date: 7/23/13 2:04 AM

That is a sensible way to look at it! You are getting a great SM and can explore embroidery with it. Then when ready you will know what you want in an embroidery machine.

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Date: 7/23/13 2:10 AM

I've had the 640 for several years (I didn't want the embroidery unit) and I love this machine! The buttonholes are perfect every time. It's really a very good all-round machine with lots of bells and whistles.

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Date: 7/23/13 7:20 AM

You'll love it. I'd love to add a 640 to my 630 and 440 machines.

I don't do a ton of embroidery, but I don't think I've ever used the medium or small hoops. 99% of the time it's the large oval or the mega hoop.

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