Pros:differential feed, swing out foot
Cons:unreliable stitch quality, poor rolled hem
The Bottom Line: I would not recommend the 2500DCE to anyone--especially inexperienced sewers. It will only frustrate you. I am so glad we did not spend full price on it!
I must admit that my husband bought my 2500DCE at a damaged freight auction so we did not pay much for it. It was new (never used) but damaged. Since there was no warranty we worked on it ourselves and got it to stitch pretty well. I was glad to have it as upgrade from my Bernina 203. I especially liked the differential feed which my older model didn't have.
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After a while, though, I found that it was hard to keep the stitch quality consistent. I have sewn for 40 years so I knew it wasn't a matter of inexperience. I especially was disappointed by the quality of the rolled hem. Having a built-in rolled hem doesn't mean much when the quality is so poor. Finally this summer I put it away and brought out my 203 again. It takes a while to set up the rolled hem, but the result is 10 times better.
I also found that I was breaking a lot more needles. I would be sewing along fine and suddenly for no apparent reason it would jam and break a needle. I would replace the needle, rethread the whole machine and things would be fine for a while longer, but then it would do it again. I took it to a dealer in my area and got it aligned and serviced. For a while that helped but then it would be acting up again. The dealer said not to judge Bernina's quality of machines by this model. They, too, were not impressed by the 2500 DCE.
I have decided to invest in an 1100DA to replace the 2500DCE, but I won't sell or give the 2500DCE to anyone else knowing how much trouble I've had with it. The dealer doesn't even want to take it as a trade-in.
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