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Bernina 180E 30 Dec 2016 15:05 #138965

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The 180e is excellent but check and see how much wear the machine has endured over the years.

I have a 165e. My Bernina service rep updated it to the latest software the machine supports.

I have Artlink 7 and transfer embroidery designs directly to my machine via the serial port using a Keyspan USA-19HS USB to RS-232 adapter works great.

I use the new Wilcom Hatch software for all my digitizing.
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02 May 2010 16:17 #45324

FYI, the Deco 340 does not come with any embroidery software BUT she could purchase Explorations software (about $300) at the basic level and have 40 different lettering fonts, editing capability and then send the designs to the usb stick, which automatically converts the design to the .exp format that deco uses.

For less than $1,500 she could have a great embroidery machine AND software that she can upgrade as she wants/needs, PLUS instruction on machine and software from an authorized dealer.
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30 Apr 2010 17:59 #45221

Thank you all for your information, especially kmouse. She was interested in the machine mainly for the embroidery software so I think she will go a different route. Thanks again everyone!!

gabber :)
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30 Apr 2010 08:30 #45203

The 180 sewing machine is a wonderful machine. Lots of yummy buttonholes, beautiful stitches and editing feature plus 9mm stitch width. It would make a wonderful first sewing machine.

The embroidery with V3 will be problematic. V3 and V4 softwares will not run on newer pcs (Vista and V7...don't know if you can use it on an XP computer)..so using the software may be a problem. Bernina USA also has discontinued support for this older software. IT IS POSSIBLE to download the new V6 Artlink program from the Bernina website and use that to transfer a design BUT you will need to have some sort of "box" to transfer the design to a blank Bernina Personal Design card to place in the embroidery module OR have a converter hub to be able to connect the machine-to-pc-cord that has a 9 pin plug. I can't really remember anymore but that has been a problem for some 180 users and I am not computer "connector gizmo savvy".

The 180 has a nice stitch and you can add lettering and do basic editing of designs but it is cumbersome, slow and not very accurate. It drove me to software pretty quickly in order to play with and personalize designs.

If you want to go this route, try going to a Bernina dealership and looking at their used machines. Machine guide classes are usually free with the purchase of the machines and will go a long way to help her learn about her capabilites. You can always purchase classes from the dealership but they will be costly if you don't buy the machine from them.

I would pick a 180 for just the sewing machine but if she already has a sewing machine and wants to start embroidery, I would go for a new Deco machine (embroidery only) over a used 180 anytime. The newer technology (usb stick) and easy editing will make embroidery fun rather than confusing and frustrating.

Hope this helps.
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29 Apr 2010 05:21 #45179

I still love my 170E. That is the one I take when I travel. The 180E has more decorative stitches and a wider stitch width than the 170E. I think it is a machine she will be very happy with.
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28 Apr 2010 07:01 #45143

If you google Bernina 180e you will get a list of different places. I went to the Epinions.com site and there are user reviews that you can read. Hope this helps. Nan
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28 Apr 2010 06:05 #45139

Try posting your query in the Bernina section if you don't get the answer you need. Sorry, I am not familiar with this machine. :)
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Bernina 180E 27 Apr 2010 21:46 #45137

Does anyone have information on Bernina 180 E? My sister found one for sale with an embroidery module with version 3 software. Is this a good machine. The ad says that embroidery software can not be updated but I don't think that is a problem since this would be a starter machine. 8)
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