You all know I have three boys. For the last 9 months, I’ve been thinking about getting a new sewing machine and after much research and labor, I finally got my girl! Here she is at age 1 week.
It’s been so much fun trying to learn to use this new machine. It can do SO much! How could I have sewn without you for so long, little girl? The whirr of this machine is hypnotic – and the whirr is really important to me. It is a Bernina 440 Quilter’s Edition that can be added on to for embroidery capability in the future if I want to fork over even more $$$ which at this point, I really don’t. The really fun capability of this machine is a stitch regulator that “senses” the fabric and will sew when I move the fabric. You drop the feed dogs, and start moving the fabric around under the needle, and it just SEWS with perfectly spaced stitches. So much fun – I didn’t dare try free motion quilting before, but now I can’t wait to get better at it.
Of course my first project had to be a quilted purse that I’ve seen here and here. I think I need to work on the shape a bit, but I like the way it turned out. It’s nice and sturdy from the batting and quilting and although I had a hard time coming up with different fabrics that go together, these really looked better once they were quilted together.
My old machine would have coughed and choked on the quilting and thick seams, but Bernie sewed through with ease. In addition to the 160 stitches it can sew (my old machine did 28), it can sew small letters.
Welcome to the family, little girl.
AND welcome to the family my new little nephew – born yesterday to my sister Jojo at Stardust Shoes. See their sweet pictures here.