Bernina Activa Computerized Sewing Machines
The Bernina Activa series is great for beginners, basic yet with great features that can take you to more advanced levels.
The Activa 210 and 220 are the most basic, while the Activa 230 and 240 have additional features. All are quality Bernina computerized sewing machines .
The Activa series was designed for quilts, crafts, home decorations or making clothing, and you can get up to 256 different stitches (Activa 240 model).
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Features of the Bernina Activa Series
For entry level computerized sewing machines, these Bernina sewing machines have quite a few nice features. Here are some of the features that I think are outstanding:
- Variable stitch length and width – All you do is push buttons. With this feature you can smoothly taper your stitches – important for applique, cutwork and satin stitch embroidery.
- Temporary altered stitch memory – If you change your stitches during a sewing session, you can put the change into memory and then access the change during the same session. Exclusive to Bernina. A real time saver!
- Cool fluorescent light – Another Bernina exclusive. Good lighting for the entire sewing area, from 3 sides. Standard for the Activa 240, optional for the 210, 220 and 230.
- Automatic needle threader – a nice feature now seen in most high end sewing machines.
- Auto measure buttonholes – Standard, keyhole and straight stitch with an automatic length-measuring system.
- 4 shortcuts – Use a button for: needle stop up/down, half speed, pattern end, and mirror right/left.
- LCD screen
- Programmable buttonholes – Make the first buttonhole and repeat exactly what you want. This feature is available only on the 230 and 240 models.
As with most sewing machine series, the more high end the model in the Bernina Activa series, the more features you will get. All four in this series have nice features, although the 210 and 220 are more basic.
Reviews of the
Bernina Activa Models
Reviewers liked the excellent quality of the stitching, solid construction of the units, monogram alphabets, knee controlled pressure foot accessory that helps to keep hands available for the project.
While the Activa 220 is an entry level machine, some reviewers felt that it lacked features that they would eventually need. For one, it lacks a one step buttonhole feature. This was the single most common complaint of reviewers.
In addition, the Activa sewing machines are heavy, a consideration if you plan to take your machine to classes or when you travel.
Lastly, the Activa series sewing machines are on the expensive side. Reviewers who cited this as a negative suggested that you could get almost as much bang for your buck by purchasing a Singer 7442 — although most stuck by the quality of the Swiss made Bernina machines.
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