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#115791 Mar 9

I'm new to this group. I'm silent but enjoy reading interesting topics from time to time. You all are fantastic. If I can ever get started, I know I have a great resource with you nice people!! I have a 170 platinum w embroidery module which I want to sell but I also have a 440 qe with embroidery module. I don't know if I should sell the 440 qe or not. Everyone raves about this model for quilting. I impulsively purchased a newer 630 so obviously need to lighten my load! Should I keep the 440qe and the 630 or will I be fine with just the 630? I would keep the embroidery module to use with the 630. I'm new to quilting and machines. I don't have enough knowledge about quilting, Berninas, etc to figure this out!! Thanks for any input. I appreciate it a lot!! Julianne



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#115792 Mar 9

I have a 440 and a 630. Embroidery is easier to do with the 630because of the on screen menu and the fact that you only need a little flashdrive, not an entire computer hooked up. I will work on designs on mycomputer and then transfer what I want to the flash drive. However, Istill love the 440 for piecing and even for free motion quilting.

^.....^ (=' * '=) Carole Doyle-(,,)---(,,)



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#115794 Mar 10

It's tough to make the decision to get rid of a belovedmachine. I'm in the same boat and although I've known for a coupleof months that i absolutely need to get rid of some machines, Istill haven't decided which are leaving.

In your situation I'd keep the 630 with module as you can do somuch more with this model than the aurora and embroidery should beeasier.

Kari~

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. -Rita Mae BrownOn 3/9/2016 10:09 AM, Jules Elizabethquiltingthyme@... [430_440_630_640_730] wrote:

I'm new to this group. I'm silent but enjoy reading interesting topics from time to time. You all are fantastic. If I can ever get started, I know I have a great resource with you nice people!! I have a 170 platinum w embroidery module which I want to sell but I also have a 440 qe with embroidery module. I don't know if I should sell the 440 qe or not. Everyone raves about this model for quilting. I impulsively purchased a newer 630 so obviously need to lighten my load!







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#115796 Mar 10

HI,

Oh..I think we all need at least one spare machine...machines sometimes need to go into the shop and then what do you do? I have several...I love my 630...I had a 440 but never did get very attached to it..traded in for the 630 which I like much better...I have a light weight Pfaff that I use when I go to classes and retreats as long as I am just going to piece as it is lighter to carry around. I would panic if I had just one machine...if you have the room...I would hang on to them for a bit...if you find you just aren't using one at all..then it may be time to find a new home for it. I don't think I have ever gotten a good price on a trade in or sell a machine and the backup that my machines provide are generally much better than getting a new machine if I find myself in need of one. one time, I had three machines in the shop...good thing I had a fourth LOL Lin



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#115797 Mar 10

I would keep your 170 as a back up machine to sew on wher and if you get into embroidery you can sew and embroider at the same time. Sell the 440 as it would bring you more money to spend on fabric! The 630 is a keeper. I still have mine! (Unfortunately I still have others too!)

Leslie



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#115799 Mar 10

Here.s another vote for keeping the 630! I love mine enough that I kept it after getting my 780, even though I don.t have enough space to keep both machines set up. My 630 has always been *so* reliable and has now become my take-along machine, since my featherweight will be going to my granddaughter very soon. As someone pointed out, too, embroidery on the 630 is much easier than on the 440, given that the 630 doesn.t have to be .tethered. to a computer and has a much nicer screen. JMHO.

Sandy ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- g



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#115800 Mar 10

Does anybody still have their 1130. Just curious?I love mine and was told to never part with it. Have a 630 that I love too and many others I can't seem to part with.Corinne

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I would keep your 170 as a back up machine to sew on wher and if you get into embroidery you can sew and embroider at the same time. Sell the 440 as it would bring you more money to spend on fabric! The 630 is a keeper. I still have mine! (Unfortunately I still have others too!)

Leslie







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#115801 Mar 10

The 440 is the only computerized model I have--never used the embroidery module (it's still in the box!!!) so I can't comment on that.. I do love the 440 for piecing and FMQ with the BSR.. It's usually set for FMQ, but a needle punch will be here next week for felting.. My other machines are all vintage mechanicals, but I do enjoy having multiple machines set up.. Right now they are set up in a U-shape so all it takes is a 45 degree turn and there's a machine set up for doing different things.BTW, for some of us, three machines is not many at all--coming from someone whose stable has over ten... LOL!Rita :^) in Colo-- You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running



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#115802 Mar 10

YES lovely friend.joannI would keep your 170 as a back up machine to sew on wher and if you get into embroidery you can sew and embroider at the same time. Sell the 440 as it would bring you more money to spend on fabric! The 630 is a keeper. I still have mine! (Unfortunately I still have others too!)Leslie



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#115803 Mar 10

You are right, Rita, my stable has two sergers and three Berninas, all loved by me..grin, Joann

The 440 is the only computerized model I have--never used the embroidery module (it's still in the box!!!) so I can't comment on that. I do love the 440 for piecing and FMQ with the BSR. It's usually set for FMQ, but a needle punch will be here next week for felting. My other machines are all vintage mechanicals, but I do enjoy having multiple machines set up. Right now they are set up in a U-shape so all it takes is a 45 degree turn and there's a machine set up for doing different things.BTW, for some of us, three machines is not many at all--coming from someone whose stable has over ten... LOL!Rita :^) in Colo--You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running



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#115804 Mar 10

I don.t have an 1130, but I do have a 1260 which is my workhorse and loveto bits. I definitely won.t be parting with it. I also have a 780which I love and use mostly for embroidery. I have just .invested.in a 550 as I was offered a deal that I couldn.t turn down! I amcurrently using that as the .everyday. machine, just to get used to it, but Istill love the 1260. I just might have to swap them over, again!My daughter has my old 1130, and sews on that as her back-up machine.

Dorothy in NZ







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#115805 Mar 10

Definitely keep the 630 and embroidery module.Is the 170 a 5.5mm machine or a 9mm machine?I would compare all three and see what combo with the 630gives you the most options in features and which machine compliments the 630 the most.The 630 is an excellent piecing machine.Nancy in NY



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#115807 Mar 11

One of the machines in my "herd" is a 1230 that is an oldfriend.. I think I own just about every presser foot for thismachine, but it is in the line up of which machines get the hook.

Kari~

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. -Rita Mae BrownOn 3/10/2016 12:35 PM,flintfarm@... [430_440_630_640_730] wrote:

I don.t have an 1130, but I do have a 1260 which is myworkhorse and love to bits.. I definitely won.t be partingwith it.. I also have a 780 which I love and use mostly forembroidery... I have just .invested. in a 550 as I wasoffered a deal that I couldn.t turn down!.. I am currentlyusing that as the .everyday. machine, just to get used toit, but I still love the 1260



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#115810 Mar 11

I traded my 440 QE when I bought the 880. I do enjoy the 880 but I'm sorry I let the 440 go. The 880 is far from portable, while the 440 could go places fairly easily, and it gave me virtually no problems for many years. I'm on the lookout for another 440!



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#115813 Mar 11

Hi! I'm new to this group! My best friend has a 780 and always has had Berninas. She has never made me feel bad about the two embroidery machines I own, a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond and a Babylock Ellegante11. My opinion of Berninas was the high cost of the feet. Only recently the past four months I discovered my machines are all made of plastic and the Berninas are steel or metal. I never considered this before! Now, I see want a Bernina!!

Which machine should I set my sights on? I love embroidery and I am a long time quilter. I'm also a licensed

Heirloom sewing instructor.

I read this groups posts daily and I value your opinions! TIA







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#115814 Mar 11

In my humble opinion, it really depends on so many factors I can see that two complimenting machines would cover all your needs.For Heirloom sewing I by far favor a 5.5mm machine like the 570,which will give you a lot of delicate decorative patterns and on top of which is easiest to piece on, with out having to use a duel feed, or change plates.But for the actual quilting and embroidery I would look at a 770 790 or 880.I have a 790 it has built in duel feed, and lots of great features. Love it. It has a 10 inch harp space and a max 8 inch wide hoop size for embroidery. There is also a good amount of embroidery software built in.The 770 is priced lower has less features, smaller screen, but if you have embroidery software that you can use with it, then it may be more cost effective.The 880 has 12 inch harp size and larger hoop not sure on the size, but Its easy enough to find out.Before you go to try machines out, look at youtube videos and anything that you can from the Bernina website. I find its easier to understand what Im looking at when I actually test drive a machine if I am more familiar, before hand.I would think that two machines would be your best bet, that can share feet.All the the 5.5 feet will fit the larger harp machine too.Dont over look getting perhaps a 7 or 8 series machine and a second hand 5.5 mm Bernina to help keep cost down a bit.. My top picks for discontinued 5.5 mm machines that use the new style feet are a 430, 440 but probably the best for you would be a 630 or 635 which is what I have and love. Also a 3 series is also worth a look .Nancy in NY



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#115815 Mar 11

Honestly? If you were happy with your machines before, I wouldn't worry about what they're made of. Have you had problems with either of them caused by their construction? Sewing machines are like digital cameras. We're inclined to think our "old" models are obsolete as soon as a newer one is released, but that's seldom the case. Use what you're happy with. When something doesn't serve you any more, then start looking for a replacement.

Lee B







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#115816 Mar 12

My 1130 and it's collection of feet recently went to live at my DIL's. I am sad to see that she does not sew or quilt much. She is kept busy by two teens.

I kept my 165e, a 5.5 mm machine as a back up and go places machine. My stays at home machine is a wonderful 750qee. I like having both a 5.5 and a 9 mm machine, and these two can share non C or D feet.The perfect combination is whatever works for you.Diane in TX



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#115851 Mar 18

Well Kari, sounds like we have something in common!! I love the idea of having them all set up but oh dear, that means they must be 'exposed' from their hiding places!! The groundhog hasn't told me it's safe yet! Lol



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#115852 Mar 18

Diane, I heard that a 9mm is more difficult to see on even tho it has beautiful stitching for embroidery. Is that true? Being a beginner, anything that "may" be more difficult, sends me running!!



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#115853 Mar 18

I hadn't thought of which feet fit both. I assumed they fit all machines! Boy, that was an oversight. I should figure that out. Thx!!



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#115854 Mar 18

Thank you all!!! What a wealth of information and opinions. I love love love it!! You nice ladies have given me many things to think about. If I learned one thing, keep the 630. Everyone seems to love that little guy... or gal. I laugh so hard when many say they have more machines. I am finding this is an addiction. I'm going to my first meeting tonight!! Selling the 440 to get more money for fabric sounds like a good plan and not at all addictive since I wouldn't buy another machine. ;-) What a great discussion!!! Thanks All!! J



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#115855 Mar 18

I didn't know about the complication with a computer tethered to the machine. I have room for that but it sounds like it's old technology. If my older computer dies, then I'd be stuck I guess. Thx!



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#115857 Mar 18

Stable of ten??!!!! Wow, that's a lot of feed and mucking! Yikes! How do you use that many and service them all?? Hmmm, so I can't use the bsr on the 630??? I kinda was counting on that so I could free motion with it







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#115858 Mar 18

Nancy, I think the 630 is a 5mm. I was told the 440 is as well. The advantage of a 9mm is the stitching for embroidery? That's what I've heard but not seen an example. That's interesting tho. Good point from you ladies regarding a 5mm and a 9mm playing nicely with one another in the same house. It's not like duplicating a machine. So maybe get a 640 w a 9mm to go w the 630 piecing. Idk!!



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#115859 Mar 18

Wow Nanci, you have my head spinning! I don't know anything about the 570, 880, 770!! I'm more confused because it sounds like you're saying to sell all three and get one of those?? 12" harp size - that sounds like a dream!! I don't know what heirloom sewing is so I assume I don't do it. I'm more of a modern with bright or interesting fabrics gal. I guess I better research some more. Thank you for making me think!!



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#115860 Mar 18

One thing to remember is that the cables used to connect computers to your machines come in various lengths, so you can gain some separation between them simply by geting a longer cable or getting an extension cable.Tim in MS



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#115861 Mar 18

I respect that opinion. You're right. If something works for you with no problems, why get rid of it because of its construction. If it fails, that's the time to consider the innards. Every new car that comes out claims to be better built but if your Chevy Chevette is still running and looks good cosmetically, keep it till the tires fall off! Lol Then trade for that Porsche you've been pining for all these years!! Ha!!



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#115865 Mar 19

Yes, the BSR does work on the 630! Go ahead and count on it. :)

Sandy ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- g



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#115869 Mar 19

~~Stable of ten??!!!! Wow, that's a lot of feed and mucking!~~Actually, a stable of ten machines is still easier to care for than a stable of three horses (which we also have)!! LOL!I just periodically send a couple machines on R&R while I give a few others a workout!. Keeps them cleaned, lubed, and working!Rita :^) in snowy Colo

-- You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running






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