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|Bernina:B330 (Sewing Machine)|
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|Reviewed by:||quantum leap|
|About quantum leap |
|Member since: 3/12/11 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||1/17/13 6:48 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$949|
|Had this machine for:||1 year|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- One step buttonhole
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What quantum leap likes about this machine|
I got it with the extension table for this price.
Love love love my machine. Love the needle up/down. Love the speed controller. That comes in handy as I am a quilter but have only been sewing for a year and a half. It helps to be able to slow down the free motion speed, and I can use all the help I can get :-0) Doesn't come with a lot of decorative stitches, but I use the ones it does come with. The buttonholer is easy to use, and it makes a nice buttonhole. Machine has a nice, solid feel. It's quiet.
Beautiful stitches. Sews through multiple layers of fabric with ease. I used the machine to make buttonhole towels ( the kind that hang on the oven handles) and it sewed through 4 layers of towel, 2 layers of fabric and batting. Plowed over them without any hesitation or stopping. That's my kind of machine!! Also wonderful for making purses to plow through those extra layers.
Presser feet are designed so that I can change them out with one hand. Great feature. Don't have to fiddle with screws.
I do a lot of appliqué, so I got the presser foot knee lift installed after the sale for $125.00. Man is that thing cool!! Look ma, no hands.. well, actually, I can keep both hands on the fabric and lift the presser foot with my knee. I am loving it.
It comes with a very basic collection of snap on feet, so if you are planning on doing any specialty sewing you will need to buy more feet. All of the new feet that you will be buying for this machine will be one piece feet, so be prepared to pay the price. I love how the one piece feet work, so I don't mind laying out the extra cash...
As this is a 3/4 size machine, the harp space is a little small. 6 1/4 inches. Since I bought it that way this is not a complaint, just a comment. For me it's kinda hard to shove anything larger that a table runner into the harp space for quilting. So, to others that this does not present a problem to, I commend your dexterity.
Last but not least, dealer support. Before I bought this machine I tried out a Juki F600. The dealer was not willing to work to make the sale. So...I am thinking....if the dealer will not work to make the sale, how hard will the dealer work for me after the sale? What kind of dealer support can I expect? After trying both machines out, I bought the Bernina. The Bernina dealer lives 75 miles away from me, but provides great support. Not only are the owners knowledgeable, but their staff is, too. They were willing to work with me until I felt comfortable with the machine. In fact, I love the dealership so much that the hubby bought me a Artista 630E for Christmas!!
What quantum leap does not like about this machine
Small complaint, but I don't like where the on/off switch is. I feel it's kinda awkward to reach.
And this is not a complaint about the machine, but I feel the instruction book could be A LOT more detailed. For example, after you clean out the bobbin area and try to re-install the hook race, it would be very nice to know that you need to tip the machine backwards to get it back in. I find that unless you are an octopus, it's very hard to get that thingie back in if the machine is resting on a flat surface...
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