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#50515 Sep 10, 2009

Hi,

Here in South Africa, Bernina are having a series of promotions with specials on trade-ins, and I'm wondering if the time has come to exchange my 180 and 200/730. I had the latter upgraded some time ago, but have never been completely happy with it since - lots of problems with tension, particularly with free motion quilting. The 180 I have only been using for embroidery. For some reason, the local agents keep recommending that I sell the two Artista machines. Since the 830 is way out of my price range at the moment, I've been thinking about the 630 or 640 - those of you who have them, what do you like or dislike about them? Is there any point in swopping two machines for one of them?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Mary-Ann Smith



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#50517 Sep 10, 2009

Hello Mary-Ann,The main difference that I can think of between the 630 & 640 is the 9mm

width capability of the 640. In order to achieve that deco/zig-zag width,

they have a rotary bobbin system in the 640, whereas the 630 is the Bernina

patented CB hook bobbin system. The Bernina CB bobbin system is known for

its perfect uniform stitches. Many seamstresses, especially fine garment

sewers & quilters require that. But, you should know that if your 640, with

it's rotary hook bobbin, when it has been taken care of & cleaned, oiled, &

adjusted as it should be, produces a beautiful stitch. With that extra

stitch width ability I have really enjoyed my decorative stitches, which I

never really used with my other machines. It also opens up artistic vistas

with reverse bobbin work.

It depends on what you primarily use your machine for. Have fun, Connie



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#50518 Sep 10, 2009

Mary-Ann, I'll give you my 2 cents worth.

I started with the 170, traded it for the 440. Loved that machine to

death, but we were living in our RV at the time and having to keep a

computer tethered to it for embroidery just wasn't working out for me,

so I traded it on the 630. I also had the 730. Those two machines

made a fantastic team!

When I decided to get the 830, one of them had to go. It only made

sense for it to be the 730, leaving me with a 5mm and a 9mm machine

still, but my reasons went beyond that. I loved my 730, I really

did. I swear it's the smoothest sewing machine on the planet! But,

the first year I had mine, it spent most of the time either at my

dealer for repair or finally back at the factory for a complete rebuild.

When it came home to me finally, it sewed like a dream and I never had

a lick of trouble with it afterwards. But I'd lost my faith in it,

and so it got traded in.

The 630 and I had a love affair from day one. It is definitely not

the 730 when it comes to pure silky feeling/sounding sewing, but

produces perfect results in everything it does. Never any tension

issues, never any hiccups, it just plows along doing what it should

do. And it's fast! No boot up delay, no screen delays.

If it were to be your only sewing machine, you might perhaps miss some

of the features on your 730. Do you prefer a 9mm machine? I've never

used the 640, but I'd guess it to be just like the 630 performance

wise. Since both of your machines are 9mm ones, my guess is that you

would be happier with the 640.

Only you can know if one machine is the better choice.

CJ

Have you "Tinkled" today? - ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- On Sep 10, 2009, at 4:51 AM, barneggs2 wrote:

Hi,

Here in South Africa, Bernina are having a series of promotions with

specials on trade-ins, and I'm wondering if the time has come to

exchange my 180 and 200/730. I had the latter upgraded some time ago,

but have never been completely happy with it since - lots of problems

with tension, particularly with free motion quilting. The 180 I have

only been using for embroidery. For some reason, the local agents keep

recommending that I sell the two Artista machines. Since the 830 is

way out of my price range at the moment, I've been thinking about the

630 or 640 - those of you who have them, what do you like or dislike

about them? Is there any point in swopping two machines for one of them?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Mary-Ann Smith







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#50525 Sep 10, 2009

Mary Ann,

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I am like several on this list that is in love with her 630. I also am one of the owners of the new 830 and it has been a pain for me.. I hope to learn to love it but am not there yet but my 630 will never go away.. Go in and try both and see what happens. It never hurts to have more than one machine so you may want to keep one of the ones you have.. Am so glad I have 2 machines.

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Carole

Subject: [430_440_630_640_730] 200/730 versus 630 or 640

To: 430_440_630_640_730@yahoogroups.com

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 4:51 AM

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Hi,

Here in South Africa, Bernina are having a series of promotions with specials on trade-ins, and I'm wondering if the time has come to exchange my 180 and 200/730. I had the latter upgraded some time ago, but have never been completely happy with it since - lots of problems with tension, particularly with free motion quilting. The 180 I have only been using for embroidery. For some reason, the local agents keep recommending that I sell the two Artista machines. Since the 830 is way out of my price range at the moment, I've been thinking about the 630 or 640 - those of you who have them, what do you like or dislike about them? Is there any point in swopping two machines for one of them?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Mary-Ann Smith



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#50531 Sep 10, 2009

I'm glad I kept the 180 when I bought the 730. I really like the large rectangular hoop. Of course if you have the mega hoop that wouldn't be an issue. Just a thought.

Bonnie> Here in South Africa, Bernina are having a series of promotions with specials on trade-ins, and I'm wondering if the time has come to exchange my 180 and 200/730. . . .For some reason, the local agents keep recommending that I sell the two Artista machines. Since the 830 is way out of my price range at the moment, I've been thinking about the 630 or 640







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#50563 Sep 11, 2009

Hi, I have had my 640 for over 12 months now and I still can't say I like it. I've enjoyed the normal sewing like curtains and things but I'm still having troubles with the sensors while embroidering, and bundling up underneath is a regular occurrence when I'm using the BSR. If I lived closer to my dealer I would just take my problem projects and sew them in the shop. I'm unsure if its the machine model, just this machine, or me. But I don't have these problems with my other machines.

Cheers Bobbie Qld Australia


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