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Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton

Roger

Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« on: January 07, 2018, 17:40:20 PM »
‘‘Tis the season of the poorly spelt sewing machine...

This one looks interesting:

Bernini Sewing Machine https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F332503929068
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 17:58:47 PM »
‘‘Tis the season of the poorly spelt sewing machine...

This one looks interesting:

Bernini Sewing Machine https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F332503929068

That red box looks like it could possibly have a Bernina branded walking foot inside it.
If it is indeed a walking foot, by the size of the box it is likely one with a 5.5 mm sole.
The machine pictured would require a 4 mm walking foot, but they are rare, and some people do use the wider ones on the older machines although the sole plates really are a bit too wide for the feed dogs.

As an aside, I spotted this Bernina ebay listing last night.... when I read the seller's description I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!  :S
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bernina-sewing-machine/232622115206?hash=item36295bc986:g:B0oAAOSwPAxaIxan
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

Roger

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 18:24:42 PM »
I don’t know much about the finer points of Bernina feet, but it looked like a decent machine with some interesting things.

But I have to agree the description just made me facepalm....
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 18:31:40 PM »
I don’t know much about the finer points of Bernina feet, but it looked like a decent machine with some interesting things.

A Bernina branded walking foot is well worth having and they do not come cheap  :)

But I have to agree the description just made me facepalm....

Indeed!  :fish:
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

Roger

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 19:57:00 PM »
A Bernina branded walking foot is well worth having and they do not come cheap  :)

I didn’t know that, thank you for sharing... there’s something to keep an eye open for. ;) not that I’m allowed anymore sewing doodads....
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Ohsewsimple

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 13:22:34 PM »
Ahh yes a Bernini.  We have lots of people call them that.  Another popular make seems to be
Jaroam. (Janome)  :D :D

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 23:16:05 PM »
This sold for £75.79. I've seen some Bernina walking feet go for more than that. There was a fabric piece left between the feed dogs and the presser foot, which is usually a sign of a cared-for machine. 
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

Roger

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 23:21:56 PM »
I was a little surprised it went for so much, but it did look well loved.
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina minimatic? Gosport/Soton
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 08:03:43 AM »
I was a little surprised it went for so much, but it did look well loved.

Yes, with a walking foot it had likely belonged to a quilter. But with no pics of stitch samples then who knew if the machine was running or not? Not that a pic of the stitches necessarily means that the machine is working, as I have seen Berninas for sale on ebay, and the seller, who had a few Berninas up for sale at the time, had used the same stitch sample for each machine. They had photo'd 5.5mm wide ornamental stitches with a machine that only went up to 4mm which was a bit of a giveaway.

There was a flurry of bidding towards the end of the auction, so I daresay the prospective purchaser had spotted the walking foot tucked away in the case. I couldn't see any green accessory drawers though. I hope it goes to a good home. 8)
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.