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When you need $700 worth of repairs on your Bernina embroidery machine, is it time to get a new machine?

In the middle of my sister’s Halloween costume making frenzy, her beloved Bernina Artista 630 sewing and embroidery machine crapped out on her.  Every time she would turn on her machine, the screen just started flashing like crazy and she couldn’t do anything.

The first time it happened, her 9-year-old son was able to do something and the machine went back to operating normally. (He did some move like the Fonz on Happy Days). But once it happened for the second time and her son was not able to repeat his “fix”, she decided to seek a professional opinion.  So she took it to her local Bernina dealer who reported that the machine’s mother board was dead and the repair cost would be $700!!!  Hearing this news prompted her to ask the question – is the 10-year-old machine really worth fixing?

To help her make a decision on this matter – I posed the question to my embroidery Facebook friends who pretty much unanimously answered, “yes.”  And now i understand why.  First of all – a quick Google search revealed that a new Bernina 630 embroidery machine would cost about $2200 dollars.  Also my embroidery peeps pointed out – by fixing your existing machine – you don’t have to spend the time learning another machine. Once the machine is back from the shop – you can get right back to work.  Also – consider the investments you have made in accessories that work on your specific machine.  Are you willing to part with those too if you get a new different kind of machine? And furthermore – isn’t fixing what you have the greener choice?

Very good points, indeed.  I passed along these bits of advice to my sister, and she listened to all the advice and sent her machine to the shop. Hopefully she will be back in business soon –  I might be more ready than she is to get her machine back.  I’m getting tired of sharing my embroidery machine.

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What do the numbers mean when referring to the embroidery hoop size?

This is kind of an embarrassing thing to admit, but until today, I had no idea what the numbers stood for when referring to the size of the different embroidery hoops. I mean I just never gave it that much thought. And guess what, I am not the only one.

Someone posed this exact question on one of my Facebook embroidery groups today. And 10 people promptly responded back: “it’s millimeters.” duh!

Well, of course, now that I think about it, my Bernina embroidery machine was made in Switzerland. Of course everything would be measured in the metric system!

Some of the ladies in my embroidery group were even so helpful to respond to the aforementioned question with the conversion factor from metric to the English measuring system. All you have to do to understand your hoop size in terms of inches is to divide the stated hoop size by 25. This makes sense. A very seemingly common hoop size in my embroidery software is 100×100 translates into a 4″ x 4″ hoop.

Ok. Now you can all comment back with a collective “duh!” But maybe for some I’ve cleared up a little something that you have never understood. To those friends, you’re welcome!