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Bernina Artista 200, 730 Sewing Machines -- Owner Review

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By Mimi2shea

What Model Bernina Sewing Machine You Own/Owned?

Artista 200, upgraded to the (now) 730

How you obtained the machine? (gift, bought new, etc)

Upgraded from their 180 model

Approximate age of the machine

6 yrs

Approximate price paid for this machine?

$6000 approx.

What type of sewing you did/do with this machine?

I've sewn pillows, drapes, table runners, tooth fairy pillows, etc., lots of quilts, and I embroider a LOT

What is your satisfaction level with this machine?

I've enjoyed the large color touch screen that enables me to see and select my stitches, change from sewing to embroidery, select "favorite" stitches, do combo stitches, change the sounds on different tasks (like choosing a sound to indicate when my bobbin thread has run out). It's got hundreds and hundreds of built-in stitches (animals, words, quilt designs, etc.). I've added a stitch regulator (not available when first purchased machine) that enables me to do free-motion quilting much much quicker than I could do without.

* I can wind a bobbin while sewing

*I can save embroidery designs (either built into my machine, I design in my software or purchased at a myriad of online sites), on a USB stick and plug it right into my sewing machine!

* has a free hand system

* a "favorite" function button

So much more, but...On a scale of 1-10...9+

Love it!

Lessons Learned

  • I think you not only need to look at a brand/type of machine as to what type of sewing you do but might want to do, but you also need to get a feel for a dealer. When looking to buy a new machine (from a 1972 mechanical Sears to the electronic models at that time) I visited "other brand" dealers and did not like the vibes of the staff or store. Like it or not...you will most likely need classes, products and service, no matter what machine you choose, and you'll have a relationship with them for many many years, be sure it's a good one!

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