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#97118 Feb 1, 2013

I'm thinking about getting a 350PE to take on retreats and to classes. Anybody have one? Opinions about this machine? I'd love to hear from you.

Carla H in TN



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#97122 Feb 1, 2013

I got the 350 PE for Christmas and I am in love. I got it to use as my traveling machine. I haven't touched my 730 since "Fannie" arrived. I never bonded with my 730. It sat in a closet for 3 years. I am thinking of selling it.

The 350 sews up a storm, no bobbin issues and I don't miss the thread cutter at all. The needle threader is much easier to use than the one on the 730. Love the new lighting system. I thought that I might not like the snap on feet but I have had no problem with them. So far I have only pieced and have had no disappointments.

In my opinion, this is a 12 out of 10.

Brenda McGregor



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#97198 Feb 3, 2013

Hi Carla,

I've had my 350PE since some time last spring. I had a 430 before that which gave me all kinds of problems. When I compare the two, I really like my 350. I like the lights better, it's a nice size to take to retreats and classes, and I've had no tension issues at all. It does use snap on feet, but it also uses the standard feet- which I had several of which I had purchased to use with the 430. There aren't as many stitches and there are a few other options I wish it had, but since I will be adding a 750 to my home, I don't need those options on the 350. Overall, a great little take along machine!

Tammy



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#97212 Feb 3, 2013

Sorry if this appears twice but Yahoo is playing up:

I had a 380, one of the first to come out in Europe, and it was a great machine except for the fact you cannot alter the foot pressure. If you are a piecer you will need a good tech to adjust that for you as I have found that the foot pressure is set too tight for piecing from the factory on most Berninas.

As with many other machines when they first come out it had teething problems so when they were sorted out I sold it because I wanted to be able to alter the foot pressure. I didn't think I would need it and because I was too late to get a 430 here I went with the 380. Keep it in mind before you buy. I didn't replace it with another machine - I haul my 730E to classes now as it is old and if it breaks, it breaks and I will replace that instead.

Maga







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#97213 Feb 3, 2013

I had a 380, one of the first to come out in Europe, and it was a great machine except for the fact you cannot alter the foot pressure. If you are a piecer you will need a good tech to adjust that for you as I have found that the foot pressure is set too tight for piecing from the factory on most Berninas.

As with many other machines when they first come out it had teething problems so when they were sorted out I sold it because I wanted to be able to alter the foot pressure. I didn't think I would need it and because I was too late to get a 430 here I went with the 380. Keep it in mind before you buy. I didn't replace it with another machine - I haul my 730E to classes now as it is old and if it breaks, it breaks and I will replace that instead.

Maga


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