New 350 Special Edition

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New 350 Special Edition

Postby sewfancy » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:25 am

Is anyone considering buying one of these machines? I'm very tempted but am trying very hard not to give in. I have a perfectly good Activa 230PE, but am drawn to the 350 Special Edition with the dragonfly design. Bernina really knows how to make me want to buy a new machine. :clap:
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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby Senior Bag Lady » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:00 am

I saw the flowered 350 and it was beautiful! I prefer that to the dragonfly but choice is good.
A few years ago I bought the special edition 230 called the White Pearl. Something unique about owning a special edition machine.

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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby sewfancy » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:37 am

I haven't seen either one in person, but the flowered 350SE is certainly more colorful than the dragonfly one. The White Pearl is very pretty!
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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby Maia B » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:30 am

I'm also a sucker for special edition machines, but I keep telling myself that I've got a Centennial Singer Featherweight and a Bernina 630 Platinum Quilter's Edition with a feather quilting motif on the front.

I saw the pink 350 SE in person, very pretty, but I didn't like the exaggerated silhouette on the left. The dragonfly looks very sophisticated in pics, but I didn't see it in person.

If you need enabling, the lighting is probably much better and the 3 series all have start-stop buttons and the speed slider, iirc.

If you need restraint, the upgrades compared to your 230 are probably minor, and Bernina will surely have many more tempting special editions in the future.

I'll wait for one with Japanese floral motifs, or cockatoos, or...

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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby kmouse » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:00 am

I have seen the 350 and it is really pretty. Maia is correct about the feature differences. Stitches are mostly the same but I think the start/stop button, the speed slide and table are really very nice features that many people like.
OK, I mean me. ;) It also sews like a little she-beast.
Beauty and substance rolled into one. :thumbup:

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PS Yesterday I took my 830 in for her one year checkup. Since I am working on a quilt top, I got out my 450 to work on while the 830 was in the clinic. The 450 seemed so TEENY! Cute little 9mm bobbins, etc. how did I ever handle larger projects? After stitching just a short time, I fell in love with her all over again. The 450 is quiet and smooth, has great stitch quality and still sews up a storm.

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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby sewfancy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:07 pm

I would love to have a 630 with the feather motif -- love it!
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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby Doris W. in TN » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:50 am

sewfancy wrote: I have a perfectly good Activa 230PE, but am drawn to the 350 Special Edition with the dragonfly design.


LOL I had a perfectly good Janome Jem Platinum 760. Once the 3-series machines came out, I HAD to have one, even though it weighs 6 lbs more than the Jem. I knew they were the awesomely great Activas in a new shell, but it was all about aesthetics and curb appeal. I just HAD to have one!

So, I sold the Jem and got a 350PE. And I love the way it looks, and I love the way it sews. :mrgreen:
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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby sewfancy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:38 pm

When I was into Janomes (pre-Bernina) I had a 760 for a short while. It just doesn't compare to a Bernina 350.
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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby Doris W. in TN » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:03 am

sewfancy wrote: I had a 760 for a short while. It just doesn't compare to a Bernina 350.


I know what you mean. It made beautiful buttonholes, but there were times I wanted a different needle position for more than just the straight stitch, and it refused (absolutely refused!) to sew on bra fabrics in an ASG chapter workshop, in spite of every needle we tried.. That sort of did it for me.
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Re: New 350 Special Edition

Postby sewfancy » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:36 pm

Well, I caved and ordered the dragonfly 350SE. It should be here sometime next week. :D
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