Bernina, a sewing machine manufacturer, has been developing high-quality machines since 1932. Compare features of the Bernina Artista 630 and 440QE Aurora sewing machines to determine which best suits your needs before purchase. The Artista is a computerised machine designed to be functional for all types of sewing and the Aurora was designed especially for quilting and embroidery enthusiasts.
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The Artista has a touch screen as well as multifunction buttons for adjusting stitch length and width and scaling, positioning and rotating embroidery designs. Adjustments display on the screen as they are made. The Artista also comes with the exclusive Bernina Free-Hand System that allows you to release the thread tension while lowering the presser foot and feed dogs without removing your hands from the project. The Aurora has multiple buttons available for selecting designs, thread and pressure foot tensions and stitch patterns. The buttons are numbered with pictures of the designs for simplicity. The Aurora does not come with the Free-Hand System.
The Artista has a speed-control slide button allowing you to adjust the speed for various types of fabric and skill levels. The Aurora has a speed regulator that allows the same adjustments to sewing speed. However, the speed adjustment can also be used for winding bobbins on this machine. Both machines feature start and stop buttons enabling sewing without using the foot control pedal.
The Aurora comes with a needle thread threader and a distinctive stitch symbol is displayed on the screen for whichever stitch you have selected. For example, a running stitch displays a little man running icon. The Artista displays a stitch animation on the screen detailing the actions of the needle. You can follow along as each stitch pattern is made. Both machines come with a stitch regulator attachment to ensure that the stitch length and width remain the same, even if the speed of sewing varies.
The Aurora has an accessories box that attaches to the back of the machine and has an extension table. Offered with the machine is an embroidery module with software. The embroidery software enables you to customise designs on your computer before using the machine to sew them. During sewing the software displays progress on the design so you can follow along.
The Artista has a fluorescent light to increase visibility and reduce shadows in the sewing area and comes with a USB interface and a USB memory stick. There is also a built-in design library, featuring 80 designs and five fonts, enabling you to customise your embroidery project before sewing.
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