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Alexander Laws
(goldenmeanie) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Bernina 930 on 12/01/2009 17:20:49 MST Print View

Hi all! I have been modifying certain pieces of gear, borrowing my sisters sewing machine... it's one of those 200 dollar big box jobs. I really enjoy the process and want to try my hand at bigger projects, such as quilts, packs, clothing, etc. I have decided that I should get my own machine.. well, my sis certainly thinks I should get my own machine too ;)

I know that I can get by with a simple machine that does straight and zig-zag, with minor adjustments, and minimal frills... BUT, I am not sure I want to buy a cheap-ish machine. I also know I don't want to buy a serious Pfaff, as I am not worthy ;) So, I am not looking for machine recommendations, rather I am asking for an opinion on a particular machine...

Question is: Someone I know (neighbor and professional seamstress) is willing to let go of a Bernina 930 for a very reasonable price. I know this is a good machine, but is it a good machine for making lightweight gear? ...and at a very reasonable 300 dollars? Thank you!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Bernina 930 on 12/01/2009 17:45:54 MST Print View

It's certainly a good machine, but it is quite heavy, and $300 for a second hand machine is pricey compared to the cost of simple new ones. Mind you, I have seen 930s on eBay for $600, so the price is actually quite good for this model.

You might like to read some external reviews, such as :
http://www.sewingmachinereviewer.com/bernina-930.html

My only concern about the electronic ones is that they have so many more things to go wrong, compared to mechanical ones. I had to repair a modern electronic one for my daughter: the optical sensor was misreading (not sensing) the rotation flag. (Solved that with double-sided tape and some aluminium foil.)

But, electronic seems to be the way they are going.

Cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 12/01/2009 18:37:36 MST.

Alexander Laws
(goldenmeanie) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Electronic on 12/01/2009 18:27:27 MST Print View

Thanks Roger! Trust me, I feel the same way about cameras... fully manual please ;)