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#91835 Sep 2, 2012

I'm not finding a ton searching the group for the 1120. I see the 1130, and the link to the comparison chart I found is broken. I'm negotiating on a used one right now and just want to know if $550 is too high a price (comes with all it's feet, plus walking foot, extension table, case, manual, looks to be in good condition. I have to drive two hours for it, and then I'll give it a test sew). I'm switching over to Berninas and hoping to get a 750QE later this year. I want a good solid mechanical machine for piecing/backup. Thoughts appreciated! Thank you!

Amber



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#91838 Sep 2, 2012

Have you checked in the BerninaThirtySomething group?

The best way to get an idea of the going prices for older models is to look at "completed auctions" on eBay and use SearchTempest to search Craigslist across the country. If possible, monitor the listings for a few weeks to get the best picture. From what you describe, the price on the unit you're considering looks fair but if it hasn't been serviced recently, you might want to deduct $75-$100 to cover that. Deduct another $30 or so if it doesn't have the knee lift lever.

Someone else may be able to speak to the specific differences between the 1120 and 1130. Generally though, the X30 models were considered the top of the line and came with the most features and accessories. Other models might have fewer built-in functions and/or accessories. From what you say, you probably wouldn't miss a few extra stitches.

Athena



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#91839 Sep 2, 2012

Sometimes the off numbers were made for school use. I do not know if a push button machine would have been made for schools, though. It is probably just missing a few stitches that are standard on the 1130. $550 is not too much, especially with all feet and accessories. Is the freearm knee lifter there? Recent service a plus. If it has the basting stitch be sure to check that, they can freeze up if not used.

reeter







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#91845 Sep 2, 2012

I bought my 1120 new and "she" is by far the best machine I have ever owned. I currently have a PFAFF creative vision, and I often use the 1120 to do free motion because I seem to have better control over my stitch length and speed. I have been looking at the new 7 series info....

wondering if the stitch quality will compare to my old 1120. If the machine looks solid and lacks signs of abuse..........I think the price sounds pretty good (compared to ones I have seen on ebay).....enjoy:) Paige



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#91849 Sep 2, 2012

Price sounds good to me, especially since the walking foot is an expensive extra. You did not mention the FHS/knee bar?

I have an 1130, just looked in manual, the 1120 has 14 stitches vs 1130 has 34. The 1120 does not have a blanket stitch but does have all my other favorites. About the basting and long stitches: try to remember to use them often, they tend to freeze up with lack of use; a small repair.

If I had to choose between walking foot and FHS knee bar, I would take the walking foot and buy the FHS bar.

Yes, it will be a good solid machine for piecing and backup.

You will not be able to share feet with the 750. 1120 uses the feet with black numbers in red packages.

Happy sewing!

Diane



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#91878 Sep 3, 2012

Just picked this up today and got my girls to sleep so I could play with it a little tonight. Such a dream! I am no longer a non-Bernina owning poser on the group :) The machine is in great condition. The woman gave me booklets on using the different feet, and even found a few others she forgot she had. I did a little free motion work tonight and also tried out the walking foot. Puts my new Decorator's Choice (Babylock) to shame!!! I need to get the oil and make sure I keep this machine humming because I'm in love! Thanks for the tips!

Amber

p.s. yes, it did have the knee lift, and she took $500 for it all, a great deal I think







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#91883 Sep 3, 2012

Congratulations!



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#91884 Sep 3, 2012

Welcome, welcome to Bernina. The best thing you can do for your new treasure is to keep her free of dust and fluff. Two ways - although she will stitch with about any thread, Bernina prefers low-lint threads such as Aurifil (and others, of course) and frequent gentle brushing- out of lint and stray bits of thread. Polly

> Just picked this up today and got my girls to sleep so I could play with it a little tonight. Such a dream! I am no longer a non-Bernina owning poser on the group :) The machine is in great condition. The woman gave me booklets on using the different feet, and even found a few others she forgot she had. I did a little free motion work tonight and also tried out the walking foot. Puts my new Decorator's Choice (Babylock) to shame!!! I need to get the oil and make sure I keep this machine humming because I'm in love! Thanks for the tips!

> Amber

> p.s. yes, it did have the knee lift, and she took $500 for it all, a great deal I think



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#91903 Sep 3, 2012

Congratulations, Amber. These old models are true gems. I have a 1230

that will never leave my studio. :-)

Kari~

The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder

forever. - Jacques Cousteau



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#91908 Sep 3, 2012

Amber! Congrats! and I agree with Kari. The older machines are unbeatable. I also have a 1230 and a 440. Now my dealer did tell me that the newer ones will never be as quiet because their motors are muchmore powerful. But I will tell you that I can put any thread on the 1230, top does not have to match bottom, and get perfect tension so enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Marlys



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#91917 Sep 3, 2012

Thanks Polly, I think I read that some one else recommended NOT using the canned air on their machine. Is that the recommendation for older machines as well? Hmm, so you're saying I have to get some more pretty colors of Aurifil? :) wink, wink, oh darn!

Amber







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#91918 Sep 3, 2012

That is a pretty standard recommendation nowadays. That being said, I

used canned air on my 1230 multiple times a day when I used it in a

business and it suffered no ill effects. More importanly, my tech never

complained about what he found inside! ;-) I was cautious to always blow

the air so it angled out of the machine to avoid pushing debris farther

into the machine.

Kari~

The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder

forever. - Jacques Cousteau


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