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#91359 Aug 20, 2012

Well I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to buy a 153 QE it came with what I think is the original accessory package of feet seam riper screw driver walking foot and manual and cord set with foot pedal.

It did not come with the table or the free hand system

I have an 1130 will the the FHS from it work with the 153QE ?

And does anyone know if the table is still available to purchase ?

And I would also like to know about the additional stitches I heard something about this model hooking up to a (?) computer with a ? to I don't know use them or somehow add them

Of course the sewing machine works just fine as is and even though it is a newer model than my 1130 and I am older I like sewing with this machine better than the 1130.

This does work out quite nicely as I am teaching my grandchildren to sew with the 1130 and they have kind of taken it over . All the stuff on the front of the 1130 kind of scared me I was afraid to touch the buttons. It's not that way with the children they set up the machine turn her on and push the 1/2 speed button and are ready to sew.

I've gotten everything I need for the 1130 for sewing with the grandchildren and I am leaving that machine at their house it is just too heavy for me to lug back and forth once or twice a week

So I'd like to get the table and FHS for the 153QE so I can have a complete sewing set up for me too

So please let me know if you have answers

Thank you

Colleen



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#91362 Aug 20, 2012

I would look on Ebay for things first and then contact a local dealer. If

you can't find the original table, there are other tables that can be made

to fit around the free arm of the machine made of clear plexiglass. The

machine holds a limited number of stitches. With a cord and a computer and

the specific computer disk, you can switch out some of the stitches for the

ones on the machine. While this sounded fantastic when I got my 153, I

really didn't use it that much. Again, you will need to find the disk. I

did get the FHS for my 153. I really loved that machine and wish I still

had it. I traded it for a bigger machine. I am sure you will have fun!!



Karen in PA



Well I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to buy a 153

QE it came with what I think is the original accessory package of feet seam

riper screw driver walking foot and manual and cord set with foot pedal.

It did not come with the table or the free hand system

I have an 1130 will the the FHS from it work with the 153QE ?

And does anyone know if the table is still available to purchase ?

And I would also like to know about the additional stitches I heard

something about this model hooking up to a (?) computer with a ? to I don't

know use them or somehow add them

Of course the sewing machine works just fine as is and even though it is a

newer model than my 1130 and I am older I like sewing with this machine

better than the 1130.

This does work out quite nicely as I am teaching my grandchildren to sew

with the 1130 and they have kind of taken it over . All the stuff on the

front of the 1130 kind of scared me I was afraid to touch the buttons. It's

not that way with the children they set up the machine turn her on and push

the 1/2 speed button and are ready to sew.

Thank you

Colleen







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#91365 Aug 20, 2012

By FHS are we simply talking about the knee-lift rod that fits into the front of the Bernina allowing you to raise the foot with 'Look Ma, no hands?' If so, yes, they interchange just fine - or at least here they do. I really have no idea which rod belongs to which Bernina. They don't seem to care. Could be different with newest Berninas. Polly



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#91366 Aug 20, 2012

I used the same bar for a 153, 450, and 640. I think the same bar works

for the 730 and the 580 too, but I am not positive.

Karen in PA



By FHS are we simply talking about the knee-lift rod that fits into the

front of the Bernina allowing you to raise the foot with 'Look Ma, no

hands?' If so, yes, they interchange just fine - or at least here they do. I

really have no idea which rod belongs to which Bernina. They don't seem to

care. Could be different with newest Berninas. Polly



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#91368 Aug 20, 2012



I am not familiar with the footprint of the 1130.

I bought my 153QE after my 180. All the accessories from the 180 fit the 153, except for the fact that the 153 is 5 mm only. The FHS and foot pedal worked on both of those machines. I bought a Sew Ezi portable sewing table and Sew Steady acrylic extension table which worked for both machines, those are still available for purchase. I wanted to change out the stitches via computer a few years ago, but couldn't find my CD...I think it was a CD I was suppose to be looking for. I gave it to one of my daughters when I bought my 830. She didn't care what stitches were on the 153, she was just putting on her sewing hat after many years, straight and ZZ were fine with her.

I occasionally have giver's remorse...oh, well, maybe a 700 is in my future :)).

Marilynne in the Fort



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#91370 Aug 20, 2012

Marilynne, > I wanted to change out the stitches via computer a few years ago,

> but couldn't find my CD...

That was one big problem for Bernina, the CDs that came with those Virtuosa machines couldn't run under Windows XP - which came out about the time I bought my Virtuosa. I used Win98 for a couple of years after that but when I bought a new computer, it came with XP and from that point on I couldn't change the stitches on the Virtuosa.

So you don't need to look for your CD unless you still have a pc running 98!

Bernina said that was MY problem, they weren't about to help. That was why I swore I'd never buy another machine from them. That changed pretty fast when I saw the quality (or lack thereof...) of Pfaff machines several years ago and tested the Bernina 440QE! Naturally I came home with the 440 and haven't regretted it one minute.

Cheers-

-- Diana in Stuttgart, Germany







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#91371 Aug 20, 2012

Does the 153QE use the same exchange SW as the 160/170?

I never had a Virtuoso machine so am wondering if the 153 uses the same CPS exchange SW through CPS 4.1? My manual just has a split for the 5.5mm stitches and the SW has 4 options. One of the options for stitch exchange is the Virtuoso machines but it says 160/170 and Virtuoao 5.5mm. My SW has worked on my 180 with Win98,2000,XP,Vista and now Win7. It does not require a dongle but does require getting a cable that connects. HTH,MG



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#91372 Aug 20, 2012

Yes, it used the same program and I am still so impressed that you found

a way for this to work. :-)

Kari~

If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get

done. - Ludwig Wittgenstein



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#91373 Aug 20, 2012

My first Bernina was a 153 quilters edition and I just purchased a 730E. The price of the 730E is much cheaper now that Bernina has discontinued that model. And I was assured that Bernina continues to provide upgrades if necessary. I just love this machine! And I can use my feet that I used with the 153. The bobbins are different though so I can't use my old bobbins



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#91375 Aug 20, 2012

wondering if the 153 uses the same CPS exchange SW through CPS 4.1?

I haven't the foggiest idea!! The manual & CD say it's CPS System 2.0 for MS Windows 95/98 and I tried installing it under XP with all possible means for installing old 98/95 software, nothing worked and when I asked Bernina, they said they had no intention of providing newer software for these machines.

Now I wonder if they did and my dealer wasn't aware or it was after she went out of business. At any rate, I'll save what you wrote and pass it on to whoever buys my machine in case they want to follow up on it. > One of the options for stitch exchange is the Virtuoso machines but

> it says 160/170 and Virtuoao 5.5mm.

Well, my Virtuosa *is* the 160 and CPS 2.0 is for the Virtuosa 150 and 160 so maybe CPS 4.1 would work. If it's still available...

Thanks for the idea but it looks as if it won't work because Bernina doesn't supply the software as a download, it can only be gotten as a CD from "your dealer" and I doubt very much that dealers here in Germany have software that came out before 2005!

I will note this though in case the buyer wants to try getting the software. OTOH I'm pretty sure I used the 9-pin serial--->USB cable that came with the machine for something else, at any rate, I know I don't have it now.

Cheers-

-- Diana in Stuttgart, Germany







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#91377 Aug 20, 2012

Well I wish I knew exactly what I have done to get it to work and am afraid of Win8 -LOL. I know others who have it working also. I installed it after I installed all of my other Bernina SW programs, including adding artlink before there was a patch. I wonder if that is what made a difference. It is the CPS 4.1. Someone write that they were able to get a disc update from the dealer but maybe OESD still has them??> Does the 153QE use the same exchange SW as the 160/170? I never had a Virtuoso machine so am wondering if the 153 uses the same CPS exchange SW through CPS 4.1?...My SW has worked on my 180 with Win98,2000,XP,Vista and now Win7



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#91379 Aug 20, 2012

The 153QE as my first Bernina.. I still have it and still love it!.

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There is another Yahoo group devoted to Virtosas and Activas, Not very active any more, but lots of good inforamtion in their archives.. You might consider joining their group... ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- almost embarassed to admit I never set my CIPS system up - the extra stitches weren't anything that I was interested in, really, so never bothered with it.. My desire was the beautiful quality straight stitching that Bernina is famous for, and I certainly got that..

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There have been posts over the years, though, by people who did use the CPS successfully.. I'd suggest joining and posting any questions you might have to see who is still active that might be able to help you.. Even if you.don't receive an answer that way, you could search the files to see what might be helpful.

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All parts, including the table, are still available for this machine.. I am fortunate to have a fabulous repair person and can get anything I need there, plus great service..

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I've also had good luck with another Yahoo group, Sewitsforsale.. You can post anything sewing related.you are looking for, or wanting to sell, through them.. I was able to buy an additional "Barbie style" case and some of the inserts for additional bobbins and feet through the group, as the 153QE did not come with them.

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Enjoy your new-to-you toy!

Peace and Joy,

Robin

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#91384 Aug 20, 2012

Many thanks. Following this thread with interest as I recently was also in the right place at the right time and bought my 13 year old DD a Virtuosa 150. She loves it, and I love the fact that my 440 uses the same feet. I have been very unclear how to change the stitch selection, we have no CD, but it sounds like that was only an option at the dealer. I take it the 150 & 153 are similar vintage/range. Thanks Robin for pointing out the other Yahoo group. The 150 is a great machine, and to be honest I do wonder whether we really need the extra stitches.

Somebody else asked about the profile of the 153, re a plexiglass table. The shape of the 150 tapers, and is not quite like the 440 for example. If you get an extension table, do not put it on the floor. My daughter was lucky to get one with her SH machine, but alas she trod on it! She was distraught. A new one is .99 in the UK, so we are hoping the glued holds. The people who sell Sewezi tables can do a plexiglass insert for any machine. I use one of these tables with my 440, and it's brilliant for FMQ as the working height means my shoulders do not get so tense



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#91412 Aug 21, 2012

Thank you to Athena, Karen, Polly, Marilynne, Dianna, 'clevedon23', 'Quilter', Katherine, Mary, Robin,and our list mom Kari and everyone on the list

You guys are the best. Thanks to you it looks like I'll be able to make my new to me Bernina Virtuosa 153 Quilters Edition in to a 'complete' machine.

I do have a few new questions

Mary mentioned "SW" when writing about the customized pattern selection (CPS) and Diana did too.... So what does SW stand for?

and I can't remember my other very important question but I did think of a new one the CD that has the CPS are there different versions and if there are what does this mean for me?

Well I have other questions but I think I'll join the Yahoo group Robin mentioned to dig up more answers that are for for the 153QE

Oh here's the question I had forgotten

Is there any meaning in the names Bernina uses auroura and virtuosa I mean if you know the machine is virtuosa does that give you additional information about the machine?

Thank you all for you help

Colleen







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#91414 Aug 21, 2012

The 153 was my first ever Bernina! It never liked monofilament though, and I found the whole CPS issue annoying to deal with. I eventually traded it on a 730 which I like much better.

As for the extension table... I broke mine as well. (The 153 and 730 are the same shape). I glued it, covered it in sticky back plastic - which as an added bonus is nice and slippy - plus stuck the spare leg thing under the spot that broke. It has held up that way for years now!



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#91415 Aug 21, 2012

Colleen, I think those names don.t have a lot of meaning. I think they referred to a group of machines that were somewhat similar. I believe my first machine was an Activa 145. Then a Virtuosa 153, then an Aurora 450 and now I have an Artista 640. Each machine had a jump in features and level of function. The new machines seem to be the Series 8, 5 Series, 3 series, 2 Series and the new 700.s, which I suspect will be called the 7 series. This is mostly a way of identifying the level of features and sophistication of technology.



Karen in PA

Is there any meaning in the names Bernina uses auroura and virtuosa I mean if you know the machine is virtuosa does that give you additional information about the machine?

Thank you all for you help

Colleen



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#91416 Aug 21, 2012

The CPS software that came with mine is version 4.0.. I read on the Bernina site that versions 1, 2 and 3 are no longer supported.. Those would have to be at least 15 years old, I think - I'm basing that on when I bought mine..

Peace and Joy,

Robin

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#91418 Aug 21, 2012

They were just model line names. Now Bernina has put the names to bed

and are going with numbers instead with the latest being the 7 Series.

Even the previously known activa models that are still in the line have

become the 2 Series models.

Kari~

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. -

George Orwell







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#91427 Aug 21, 2012

Colleen, > Mary mentioned "SW" when writing about the customized pattern

> selection (CPS) and Diana did too.... So what does SW stand for?

SW = SoftWare.

Cheers-

-- Diana in Stuttgart, Germany



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#91435 Aug 21, 2012

Collen, I had a 153 and wish I hadn't sold it. It's a great machine and you'll going to love it. I've asked my dealer about a used one several times but they said they seldom get the 153 traded in. Enjoy! RuthAnn


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