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|Bernina:830E (Sewing Machine)|
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|About GothDom |
|Member since: 3/24/10 |
|Reviews written: 16|
|Favored by: 3 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 15|
|Posted on:||2/15/13 4:09 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$5000|
|Had this machine for:||2 months|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Embroidery Machine
- Auto Threading
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|What GothDom likes about this machine|
First off, I bought her used, so most of the 'interesting' bits I've encountered would probably have been covered in the mastery classes.
This is an insane machine.
What do I mean by that?
Simple, it does pretty much anything, all while telling you how to do it better than you're currently doing it.
Lets take things from the beginning:
Threading the bobbin.
First off, winding a bobbin could not be simpler.
the on screen animations show you exactly what to do.
Putting the bobbin in the machine is a little trickier.....oh who am I kidding?
Once again the instructions on screen provide very specific direction.
There's almost no way to mess up.
The whole robo-bobbin thing freaked me out at first, being used to vintage machines that don't hum or whir at all. But I've gotten over that.
A big part of my getting over it? The ease of adjusting the bobbin tension! The machine comes with this handy little multi tool thingy. One of it's functions is changing the bobbin tension.
You just sort of slide it left or right.
I learned this when I was trying to sew silk and was getting terrible results. I pushed the help button and found out exactly where I was going wrong. Once I made the changes they suggested....perfection.
Threading the upper thread..just as easy. Follow the on screen animations, and you're done.
Adjusting the upper tension is a matter of touching the screen and twisting a knob.
I made a few mistakes when I tried to interpret the animations rather than just following them.
The needle threader is awesome. Just awesome.
The buttons on the head of the machine are exactly the ones you want right where you're looking. Needle up/down, foot up/down, tie off, pattern end , and thread cutter.
Wow, for someone who's used to scrabbling for a pair of embroidery snips all the time, this feels positively swanky!
The start/stop button and speed control.
Let me get this straight, I can sew without my feet, and have complete control?
It's taken me a little while to get used to trusting it, but when I hit stop, it STOPS. So nice.
I'm going to skip the screen, because it's too much. It's in the like section, if I tried to go through everything I like about it, we'll be here all week.
the needle position and length/width controls are pretty much the same as ever.
The variety of stitches this machine has built in is just goofy. I started making a stitch bible, but I got like 4 pages done and I was on the second set of stitches....no one has that much time to waste. Sew stitch sample or make things, it's a simple equation.
I haven't poked enough at the embroidery to make a educated statement, so we'll let that lie for now!
What GothDom does not like about this machine
This machine has the rep of being finicky, and I can see where that comes from. The problem is it's not true.
This isn't really a dislike, BTW, it's more of a 'learning curve'.
It's a precise machine. It wants you to do things the way it wants you to do them.
If you ask it, it will TELL you how to do them.
So, trying to do things the way you've always done them might yeild less than spectacular results.
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