Tuesday, July 24, 2007

bernina 830


While hitting the thrifts yesterday, I came upon this Bernina 830 from the mid 1970s for $25.00. It is missing the cord (about $30.00 to replace) , but does have a pedal (which retails for $179.00; I was glad that was there!) I tested it with the wheel, sewing my own shirt hem with two of the bobbins with thread and the stitch was perfect, so I figured I would gamble on the motor and buy it for Eve.
It cleaned up beautifully. The paint is chipped in a few places, but my 1530 is too after 15 years of use. There are 11 feet, which also fit my 1530; all in all a very good deal. And Eve likes it because it is retro looking!

10 comments:

Gyspy Quilter said...

Wow Lynn, what a deal. The machines with case are going for around 500.00 on ebay lately. Good for you!

Jan said...

That's what I call *hitting the jackpot*!

Karen said...

Oh, that looks so lovely. All those feet! What a find.

mereth said...

Our mum bought an 807(I think) in 1973 for Keryn and I to use, and it was a well-used second hand machine then. I still have it and wouldn't part with it for quids. It sews beautifully and has only needed servicing; I hate to think of how many clothes and quilts it's churned out in it's lifetime. You won't regret buying an old Bernina, but I don't like the computerised ones at all.

Elaine Adair said...

Great find!

Chookyblue said...

Wow what a bargain.........

mommi said...

I have one with all the original parts and feet....cool find... wow, $500 on ebay...woo hoo....hey good for you.

Anonymous said...

Lynn, you are indeed a winner. I just bought the 830 on Ebay for $600. There were two other 830's on Ebay which sold for almost $700.00. "Wow" Although mine was in excellent condition and came with every imaginable I would have settled for a lot less accessories for $25.00. :-) That's amazing because this is the most sought after machine this side of the Mississippi River! Like Jan said, you hit the Jackpot!

Joan D said...

Hi Lynn
My aunt (a nice Dutch lady!)bouught my first "big" machine the very one you have way back when it was new. I still have it even after buying another fancier one. The guy who sold it to me said "never trade it in, it's the workhorse" so took his advice. It's the one I fall back on when the fancy one gives me trouble.

Anonymous said...

Hello ,i have a Bernina 830 and really can't put it to any use. if anyone could tell me what I should ask for it that would be great. I have the original instructions and all add _ ons . any help would be greatly appreciated.