This past weekend I had a bit of time at home in my studio on my new Bernina. The more I use this fabulous toy the more I love it. For many, many years I have listened to Bernina owners talk about how much they love their machines and now I am understanding why! This isn't a glamor photo but rather a practical representation of my bobbin winding on 1500m!!!!
Who wouldn't love an enormous bobbin! This bobbin is so big that I sewed all day and didn't change it once! Winding it on is a treat and when it finally does run out, the machine tells me to stop! Never again will I sew and sew and sew as the pieces fall into never land behind my machine unsewn! How many times has that happened in the past????
Another feature that I am loving is the intuitive nature of the touch screen. I am on the go all the time and finding space to learn now things is hard. If I don't get it in one go...I move on generally. Not a fact I am proud of but rather the truth. I need to be able to achieve instantly. The touch screen is easy to understand and I have played with it enough to feel completely at ease trying buttons. I know nothing bad will happen!
In preparation for my Diamond Dollies class at AQC I had a play with some of the decorative stitches on the machine and found them to be lots more fun than expected. Even first attempts worked. This is a handy little reminder of what stitches do what. Preparing in advance for a project and having a play with the stitches on practice blocks made it easy to remember what stitches to use where. Eyes, trims and texture were added to the dolls to bring them to life!
AND....there are so many feature feet that I am finding instead of avoiding new things I try them!!! WHAT! Yes, I have avoided zippers for cushions until the Invisible Zipper foot!!! This handy foot makes sewing in a zip a short, non frustrating experience. Now you may think that sewing in a zip is easy but for me, it was a challenge.
So when I made this poof pillow with my Trail Blazing range I put a zip in it and now can easily give it a wash if needed...not that anything in my immaculate, super clean, wonderfully organized house with everything is in its perfect place can get dirty...ahem!
But most importantly, I am now joining the ranks and learning how to machine quilt my own quilts! It may not seem like a lot but the 10" x 5" on the Bernina 720 is just enough for me to manage the bulk of my quilts on my domestic machine. I love taking control of this aspect of my quilting experience. I am not great at it but I am learning and gaining experience and enjoying it!!!
The BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) means that my stitches are more regular from the start than they ever would be otherwise. That gave me confidence at the start. Of course I still need to baste the quilt properly, decide how to quilt it and actually relax into the process but that is all stuff I can do.
My Bernina is changing my life!!! It is making me more willing to try new things with confidence. We have recently loaded the machines onto our website. Take a look at the special prices...yeah, Mother's Day specials just a bit late because some mothers work full time and the rest so they fall behind...take a look here:
And if you are interested in having a look pop into the shop and we'll talk you through it. Hard sell? Maybe but I never sell anything I don't believe in so this one is easy! Sew and sew and sew on! k