Buy used Bernina or a new Janome? Need advice!

pseudochefMarch 27, 2014

I've never posted on this forum, but I got lots of great advice over on the kitchen forum last year when I was remodeling my kitchen. I am in the market for a new sewing machine. My mom's old 1964 singer seems to break down every time I start a new project. My FIL has worked on it every year for me when it breaks but I think it's time to move on. I am looking for something under $500 as I don't sew that much although I might start doing more if I had a better machine. I can either buy something like the Janome Magnolia 7330 or the 2014 or I have found a used Bernina Activa 130 that comes with 10 feet, 71 bobbins, and is lightly used condition although 10 years old. I can't decide! Any advice?

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I would say get the Bernina. I have a 20 year old 1130 and it sews great. I have two newer Vikings that I purchased to use for my 4-H club. Both have spent more time in repair than that old Bernina and are only half its age. I did have a member bring a Janome machine to work on her project (granted it was an older machine) and she ended up using my Viking. I love my Bernina.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 3:53PM
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Buy the Bernina. That 130 is a great 3/4 size machine, that will outlast the Janome.
That said, and I own 3 Bernina's including a 145 which is the same machine as the 130 with an extra feature (the knee lift), ... I bought the Janome Magnolia for my daughter in law who needed a sewing machine but doesn't do much sewing, as the price was a deciding factor. It was more than $500 less than the Bernina.
The Magnolia is a good machine, but if you have access to a reasonably priced Bernina 130 I'd jump at it.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 8:11AM
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Curious about what you decided to do. I would have advised the new Janome. I love what did you buy?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 9:21AM
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I purchased a used Bernina 165. I don't know anything about Janome. But the Bernina has gotton me through a few upholstery & slip cover it's breaking the top thread. Probably needs a new needle or better thread the repair shop told me....

Personally I'd like a Pfaff upholstery machine. :0)

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 8:31PM
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