Sharon's Bernina 830 Review
My favorite machine for general sewing before "Big B" (the Bernina 830) was my Pfaff 7570. From a computing standpoint, the 7570 is getting a little long in the tooth (think 'Win95'), but the machine still sews like a dream.
With much industry fanfare, along comes the Bernina 830. This sucker is huge in throat area, includes a stitch regulator for free form quilting, has all the latest bells / whistles in computing power, and it has tons of embroidery hoop features. This should be my dream machine, and maybe even takes the place of a long-arm for quilting. Of course, it carries a five figure price tag to boot.
So I dutifully attended a Ricky Tims seminar sponsored by my Everett, WA 'Needle & I' store where he demonstrated the 830. It slices, it dices, it even makes julienne fries... Ricky made this machine dance like a Bolshoi Ballerina. Lo and behold, there was a show special discount on Big B! Plunk your money down today, and Ricky will autograph your machine (woo-hoo!)
I eagerly awaited the day I could take Big B home.
First impressions, it didn't *feel* like my Pfaff to sew on. No biggy, sewing machines have personalities, strengths and weaknesses if you will. I figured I needed to take time to 'bond' with Big B.
Then came the skipped stitches. As soon as I started sewing on actual 'quilts' (multiple layers of fabric, batting) I found that Big B had a maddening tendency to fail to pick up the bottom bobbin, resulting in skipped stitches. Back to the 'Needle & I' it went for 'service' or adjustment.
Over and over again.
Did I mention this thing is a tank? Every car trip is an event, with my husband having to wrangle it to and from the car.
For the most part, the folks at 'Needle & I' have been understanding. It just seems like maybe the Bernina 830 has some sort of design defect that makes it a pretty lousy quilting machine.
At this writing, Bernina doesn't seem to have a solution to why their flagship 830 is unfit for the very task it was designed for, quilting.
Link to another review - Sounds familiar....
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