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Friday, 18 December 2009

Bernina Maiden Voyage

I've been a bit behind on my blogging as I have been occupied finishing a quilt for an imminent deadline. This is the first project I have stitched with the new Bernina and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with the machine. The 440QE is an absolute pleasure upon which to sew, and I am thrilled to pieces with how it performs. The power it has is unbelievable - this machine knows how to sew. I can't show you the quilt just yet, as it will be featured in the spring issue of Quilter's Connection magazine but will post pictures as soon as editor Heather MacArthur gives the go -ahead to do so. I have been comfortably free-motion quilting for many years and admit that the BSR (the Bernina Stitch Regulator) at first struck me as a nice extra I would never use. However, The Bernina Lady said "try it" so I did...and I am hooked. The stitches are perfect. I have a tendency to get really focused on what I am doing to the exclusion of everything else around me, and often a quiet visitor to my room will startle me into a scream and a jump. Normally, that requires a bit of ripping for that section, but not this time. The BSR is startle-proof.
Do I have regrets with this machine? Just one: I should have done this YEARS ago. It's brought a joy and excitement back to my stitching that I haven't felt for some time. I love it!


  1. Oh Karen... I am so envious..I am so glad to hear you love your machine. It really inspires me to think seriously of getting one in the near future. I can't wait to see your quilt!
    Merry Christmas...

  2. Glad you are liking your new machine. Looking forward to seeing the new quilt in the magazine. Lucy

  3. I purchased my first Bernina in April of this year for my 60th birthday -- a 440QE -- Love it!

  4. I tried the Bernina a few weeks ago when the Bernina lady was here. It is nice. I have a friend who is interested and gave it a test drive. She too was taken with the BSR.

    I'm anxious to see what you're making for the magazine. Will it include a picture and a pattern.

  5. Hi, Gail: Yes, there will be a pattern for the quilt included in the magazine. Lynn B is busy checking the instructions now!

  6. Glad to hear you're liking the Bernina 440. I've had mine now for 5 1/2 years. I've also just subscribe to the new's great to have something that is Canadian.
    Jeanne is a great help when trying new things with your 440. Looking forward to seeing your quilt in the Spring edition. Miss P.