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pipeeta | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

looking for a new machine? I’m deciding between the Bernina avtiva 220 or230pe, the Husqvarna emeral 183 or sapphire 830 OR…the Pfaff 2038.

I like the bernina just fine, the dealer is very lovely and close…good support. The machine sews ok, the manual is a little tricky for me to follow but their buttonholes are gorgeous.
the Husqvarna and Pfaff dealers and both the same and a little further away but not too bad.
Overall I think I like the Pfaff a little better because it feels like a tank when it sews and the steam is so straight. Sews very well on knits and thin fabrics. The Husqvarna has some very cute decorative stitches and I like saphire hands free features.

What else should I take into consideration when choosing a machine?

edited to fix the # on one of the machines….:)

Edited 12/10/2007 11:07 pm ET by pipeeta


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    You might want to check the ease of threading and changing the bobbin, the foot, and the needle, and whether or not it will stop with the needle up or down, if that's important to you.

    You should also probably check the height and orientation to see if your posture will be comfortable for long stints of sewing, and check the light and visibility of your work. You don't want to be leaning or squinting as you sew.

    Generally, you should pick the one that feels the best when you're sewing on samples of the type of fabrics you usually use. Let us know which one you choose and how you like it!

  2. Pattiann42 | | #2

    You did not mention what kind of sewing you will be doing?   Some accessories might be helpful, such as a even-feed foot (aka, walking foot).  If it is not included with or built-in on the models you are looking at.  Check the prices for additional accessories. Some brands, such as Bernina cannot use generic accessories.

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      CostumerVal | | #3

      I got the 230pe, mostly because it was hundreds less than the base model Pfaff.  I am very impressed with the amount of specialty feet that Bernina offers.  However, I did get a low shank adapter and have just as many generic feet as I do Bernina's.  All of them work just fine.  I am also using a Singer class 15 bobbin holder and bobbins for decorative work.  Also works flawlessly.  Both machine's are work horses, and both have very good reviews.  Good luck.

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