I took my Bernina Artista 180 in for semi-annual cleaning recently - and to check out the noise in the right side of the machine. Did you know that a Bernina machine (maybe all of them do) can tell you how many stitches you have taken over the life of the machine? I did not know that.
When we picked her up, I asked to try it out before I took her home to see if the noise was gone and it wasn't - I asked to see the person who worked on the machine. The tech, an ederly man and husband of the store owner came out and said, "Oh the lady with the noisey machine - did you know you have over 9,000,000 stitches on your machine?" I sew alot, which is why I thought I bought a really good machine - it is only ten years old and the noise did not go away. He says the motor is wearing out, and for the price of a new motor, "I should really consider trading it in on a newer model." I would never have said that to someone, however, I am not the owner's relative either. Seems to me it is not a statement that represents the produce very well.
I retired in 2001, the year I bought my brand new, gotta have, Cadillac of a machine and thought for sure it would be the last one I would need - afterall, my Singer was with me for 24 years. I could kick myself for ever trading that one. I also soon found out that every little accessory you need for a Bernina costs a lot of money, even the bobbins are expensive.
I now wonder why did I ever buy an expensive machine? Aren't they suppose to last longer than ten years, it was a big investment? I might add, my car is the same one I have had for 23 years and have no intention of trading it in. New is not required to make me happy.
I have never bought a service policy on an any item I have purchased - I truly believe that if the product does not last, then I have no need to buy it again. Bernina - Are You Listening?
I think we live in a very greedy environment - things are no longer well made and the price keeps going up. I should not even get started on not being made in America. If I end up with another machine, I can guarantee it will not a Bernina. Do you have your own story - or opinion - I would love to hear it.
That's my journey - for this moment in time - hope yours is very happy. Judy C
Monday, October 24th
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