At the last quilt retreat my older sewing machine was giving me some trouble. It’s been having issues for a while and I keep struggling along. My friend Cathy told me I really needed a new machine and that thought started to percolate. A while later I told Mike about my machine issues and he responded “get a new one”. Now what quilter would let that suggestion go unfulfilled??? So I called Wendy at Sew Much More in Waukesha and that afternoon we had a new member of the family! Wendy recommended the Bernina 770 Quilters Edition, and that’s what Cathy had recommended also. My friends know me well 😊.
I’d like to say it dropped into my Tracey’s Table and I was ready to sew, but that wasn’t what happened. The machine was less than 1/4″ too wide to fit into the well on my table. My dear husband was able to enlarge the opening to fit and I was so grateful (even though it delayed my using the machine for 2 days). It was worth the wait.
Since I’d finished my most recent challenge quilt, I was between projects. But I really wanted to sew! So I pulled a stack of scrappy blocks out of my UFO bin (click here for the post about these blocks) and laid them out on the floor. Last week we had Barb Eckmeier do a Zoom lecture on Sashings and Cornerstones at Patched Lives quilt guild, which inspired me to do more than just sew the blocks to one another. I chose my sashing fabrics, cut some strips and squares,
and I was finally sewing.
I’m loving this new machine. It hums along quietly and the lighting is excellent. It has an 11″ opening, a built in “walking foot” (even feed), and the extra large bobbins are icing on the cake.
All this and my specialty feet from my old Bernina actually fit this new one. Hooray! I especially love the simplicity of the face panel.
The basics are all there without having to go into the computer screen: stitch width and length knobs, needle position, needle up/needle down, etc., all there and easy to find. I am getting used to the computer options – and I’m looking forward to my first class!
And did I mention it has a stitch regulator? I didn’t think I wanted it, and I’m not very good at it, but I’m keeping an open mind. I’ll let you know how that goes 😄.
My machine is calling, so it’s time to go and sew. See you next week!