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Old 09-06-2011, 07:37 AM
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Bernina Activa 220 Sewing Machine

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

I purchased the Swiss made Bernina Activa 220 sewing machine within the last year and am pleased with its performance thus far. The Bernina is supposedly known for its good reputation pertaining to quality and construction and I have found this to be true. The stitch quality is excellent and the construction is solid. This model offers over 100 different stitch types which were a huge selling factor for me in the first place. I paid $1,100 retail for this machine and truly believe that you get what you pay for in terms of quality, features, and longevity. I am quite pleased with this machine.
The machine offers a great tension control as well as versatility when dealing with heavier and stiffer fabric. The machine is solid and somewhat heavy due to the quality construction. It is easy to use even for the novice sewer like me. There is also an automatic needle threader and the up down needle function is also automatic. There is also an easy automatic buttonhole maker that can be done in one step. The optional knee lifter is another great feature of this machine.
The only cons of the machine are the expense because it is over $1,000. If cost is a concern, Singer offers a similar machine that is half the price but is much simpler in terms of features and quality. Also, there is a manual tension adjustment that I believe could be improved on. I would prefer that that the tension adjustment be digital or automatic as opposed to manual.
Overall, I am quite pleased with this sewing machine. The Bernina brand has such a good reputation that I am sure I will be using this machine for years to come. I have a friend who has been using the same Bernina sewing machine for ten plus years and I expect to do the same with this machine.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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