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Bernina cut n’ sew

daylight | Posted in General Discussion on

I lhave a Bernina 1230 and was wondering if anyone out there had the Cut n’ Sew attachment  that is available, and if so, would they recommend it?  I do have a serger but I hate the frustration of threading it and was thinking that the cut n’ sew attachment might allow me to enclose seams efficiently.


  1. rrp | | #1

    I have a Bernina 830, and bought a cut n' sew for it about 20 years ago. Used it about 4 times.  Did not like it at all. Perhaps there are others who've had better luck with it than I did, but I found it cumbersome, noisy, and I did not like the finish.  It only did straight edges  -- no curves. IMHO it is a very poor substitute for a serger. It was pretty expensive at the time too.

    1. smr | | #2

      I have a Bernina 1031 and have always been interested in this particular foot...I am so glad the discussion has been opened.


    2. fatari | | #13

      Glad to hear that someone else owns an 830. I've had mine for 18 years and to this day I've never even looked to replace it. For me, there is no other machine that is as reliable as this model. I placed the machine in storage for 7 years, just couldn't bear to get rid of it ,eventhough I wasn't sure if I'd ever get to re-unite with it seeing as I've  moved from the US to Indonesia. When that machine showed up at my doorstep here in Jakarta, I couldn't have been happier.

      I bought a 'fake' serger foot also many years ago, but it was just too clunky for me to want to use it more than a few times. I just threw it away (maybe because I didn't want anyone else to go through a delima about it's functionality). I bought a serger that proved to be my 'best friend' in the sewing room, next to my iron or pins.

      Thanks for the chat.


  2. walking07 | | #3

    I also have the 1230 and did at one time have the "cut and sew" foot. Probably only used once or twice wasn't worth the price I paid for it.

    1. daylight | | #4

      Thanks so much for the input.  I do love this forum.  I guess I am going to have to learn to properly thread and unjam my serger because all the feedback I've received on the cut n'sew attachment for my Bernina 1230 has been negative.  The clincher came today when I called the local Bernina dealer who actually discouraged me from buying one. 

      1. mem | | #5

        I feel an absolute fool telling you this but I do so wondering whether you also have committed this folly and whether this why you dislike your serger.I actually didn't realize that to change colour on my serger I just joined in the new colour and ran it through to the needles .I used to gnash my teeth and re thread it each time !!!! The dealer never explained tis to me and it was only when I complained to friend that I realized all the unnecessary stress i had put myself through!!!!

        1. daylight | | #6

          You're not a fool for asking and I appreciate the concern.  My love/hate relationship with my serger (a Janome 534D) centers mostly around tension settings, thread breaking, jam-ups, etc.  I spend more time fiddling with it than serging so I always approach it with trepidation.  To be honest I shouldn't have ordered it off e-bay because I was clueless when it arrived - the manual is written in ancient Greek with graphics that make no sense.  I actually let it sit for a year before I went to my local dealer and paid for an hour long lesson in threading.  So I did pick up the tip about changing colors which helped a lot.  But if the thread breaks and it gets jammed I am really lost. At some point I will probably junk this one and spring for one that is dummy proof!.

          1. sueb | | #7

            Whenever I am having trouble with my serger breaking threads I unthread and re-thread. It works everytime. I used to try to just rethread the one that was breaking or giving me trouble and always ended up frustrated and annoyed. It takes less time to just unthread the whole thing and rethread from scratch, at least for me. Also, here's a tip that I picked up somewhere along the way. Always thread your serger from left to right. Meaning thread the needle threads first and then the loopers. Works like a charm. I rarely have a problem with thread breaks or jams. And never ever use the cheapy thread in your serger or you'll end up with broken threads and more aggravation than good seams. The other thing you need is really really good light and a good pair of tweezers. I'd never get my machine threaded without them.

          2. SewTruTerry | | #9

            "Also, here's a tip that I picked up somewhere along the way. Always thread your serger from left to right. Meaning thread the needle threads first and then the loopers. Works like a charm."

            I read your reply and had to add that to thread from left to right may work for your serger but will not work for all sergers.  I know that Viking sergers can not be threaded like that and work.  Also my Singer serger has to have the loopers threaded before the needles or it will jam as well.

          3. FitnessNut | | #10

            Same here. My Bernette must have the loopers threaded before the needles. And the upper looper must be threaded before the lower or it will not form a stitch.As always, your machine's specifics are contained in the manual. Use it.

          4. sueb | | #11

            My serger is a viking and I always thread left to right.

          5. estelle | | #12

            my serger is a Janome and I have to also thread it from left to right or the thread will break everytime.   If any thread do break I found it faster and easier to rethread it completely and then I move right along. 

          6. mem | | #8

            I dont think they exist!!!!!!!!

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