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Date: 9/30/13 10:02 AM

I've acquired so many sm I can't use them all. I own an Elna Air Electronic, Bernina 350, Bernina 730e, and a Babylock Symphony. I mainly do quilting with some garment sewing, but I would like to learn to do more garment sewing. I've already decided to keep the Bernina 350PE to take to classes, and the Bernina 550QE with BSR because its brand new and I enjoy sewing on it. I almost had the Symphony sold and changed my mind, thinking I should sell the 730e because it's the oldest and the Symphony is brand new. One thing holding me back is all the stitches-600, many decorative on the 730e. I like all the stitches on the 730, but the Symphony has lots of sewing space, but is geared for just one thing-quilting.
Sorry post is so lengthy, but could really use some objective opinions

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Date: 9/30/13 10:11 AM

Honestly if these machines are all paid for or even if not and you aren't starving to pay for them why not keep them all? You can have machines for different purposes. Let's say you like all the dec stitches on all the machines. Then keep them all for that purpose. You just said you like the dec stitches on the Bernina and since they are different brands they have different stitches and features. You said you quilt so you need the Symphony for the harp space. Berninas hold on to their value so could always sell later. Time and time again I read here how people regret getting rid of certain machines they were undecided about getting rid of in the first place.

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Date: 9/30/13 10:13 AM

What Wolf said...really...unless you are moving into a studio apartment, and if that comes about - read Lynnrowe's posts - what's a kitchen anyway!

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Date: 9/30/13 10:21 AM

Hmm..
going through the same thing myself here. I know its very difficult parting with machines even when you have made the decision to slim them down.

From reading your post you have 3 berninas?

I think you have made the right decision in keeping the 350PE. Great for classes and for dressmaking. I know folks do go on about the amount and type of button holes but I for one have only ever used one sort. I know I could be taught better and use different button hole types but the clothes I have made do up okay!. Going back to the 350 the small stitch width and nice feet will make garment sewing fun. I have the older Bernina 135sPE which is my favourite machine.

Be honest with yourself, will you use all those stitches on the 730?
probably not for garment sewing. But will you still be doing lots of quilting? If yes a machine with larger work area like the Babylock would be handy.

I would keep the Elna just as I like vintage machines.

More Bernina owners could help you here, but is your new 550 similar to the 730? if so then sell the oldest one, the 730 and keep the Babylock.

Not sure if that helps really after reading it back but, I found I had to make a decision as to what sewing I was really doing and that helped me to come to a decision.

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Date: 9/30/13 10:57 AM

My first post! I've been lurking/reading around for awhile though!
You have some great machines! I love my 350 Bernina! I really liked the 730 sewing quality wise but it drove me nuts waiting for it to start up etc. I guess I just didn't like the windows operating system.

I'm curious about what makes you think the Symphony is just geared for quilting? I have tried out the comparable Brother model and didn't think of that at all (well except for those great extra large stitches built in for quilting borders which I'm not too good at), more of an all purpose machine (though I like the Bernina better over thick seam intersections/jeans and for free motion). But the big space and lighting is amazing!

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Date: 10/1/13 4:42 AM

Welcome ediebell!
I would keep them until I was sure of which one to sell. If you arent sure, put the Symphony in a closet until next summer. If still untouched by May, then list it.

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Date: 10/1/13 11:01 AM

Ultimately the keep or sell has to be your decision.
My opinion is if you really want to sell some,then sell the ones that don't make your heart sing.

I have a beautiful machine that I would find things to sew on it .i also had a machine that cost a lot but didn't bond with. I did eventually sell it but by then it was only for a fraction of the price I paid. I kept it because I felt bad about wanting to sell something so expensive .that was a gift from hubby.

If you love them all,keep them..if they're just hangin around collecting dust then sell them to be re-loved

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Date: 10/1/13 12:42 PM

The 350 and 550 are very similar, both 5.5mm stitch width/CB hook Berninas. The 550 has more features, and the 350 is 3/4-sized, with a smaller harp and weighing about 5 lbs less. So that's the redundant one, really, doing nothing that the 550 doesn't do. You could rehome it without losing any functionality.

Of course, these decisions can't only be based on logic, can they? The idea of putting away the one you decide to rehome, sort of a trial separation, is a good one. Nothing lost then, if you find you can't do without it after all.

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