Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another Bernina in The House

I seem to buy a new sewing machine every few years since I started quilting in late 1999.  When I started quilting, I had the original 830 Bernina  that I had sewed on for 30 years and it ran like a top, but was so heavy I couldn't lug it around. I had almost every extra foot for it and about 50 bobbins (seriously), the walking foot and the whole enchilada.  So, I bought a small Janome to use for classes which worked pretty good.

About a month later I could stand it no longer, so I traded in the 830 (I know, I know, and I knew it at the time, lol) and bought a Bernina 150.

That sufficed until I fell in love withe a Pfaff 2044 because of the integrated dual feed and sewed on it for a while, then traded that up for the 2056, which I upgraded to a 2058 last year.

Sold the Bernina 150 because I had stitched through my finger with it and it took me forever to get my finger out and I had to go get a tetanus shot and I was very leery of that machine after that.  There was nothing wrong with it, just me.

A couple of years ago I sold the little Janome to my hairdresser for her daughter so she would have a sewing machine to learn to quilt on.  She was 10 at the time and is really a good little seamstress.

Then I decided I should have kept the Janome so I bought another one to use for classes, lol.  I still have that one.

Four years ago I bought a BabyLock that only sews with a straight stitch and has a large interior space and a grace sewing frame so I could quilt my own quilts.  Changed my mind on that real quick but kept the machine and I still have that one too, only I have never used it.  One of these days I am going to use it with the Flynn frame that I have had for a few years.  Must be prepared for all possibilities you know.

Then I decided I wanted a small Bernina to use for piecing , satin stitching and blanket stitching.  So last year I bought a Bernina 220.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I got hungry for the larger Bernina because I wanted the controlled tension and that way I could have a Bernina in each of my sewing areas,  so I bought a 440.  I really, really llike this machine.  It is wonderful to sew on.

Now I am going to bid adieu to the Pfaff as I need to get rid of at least one of these machines, and it really is too good of a sewing machine to not be used.  Anybody interested?

6 comments:

ranette said...

I hope you love your 440 as much as I love mine Perry. How much do you want for the Pfaff? My younger daughter needs her own machine now...lol

Judy Laquidara said...

Glad you're loving that 440.

quiltmom said...

Perry,
I have a Babylock and I love it- I have quilted a number of big quilts on it without any trouble - goes like a hot damn and has a big enough space to quilt a king sized quilt.. Funny how we become attached to certain machines - a girl does need some toys too.
Good luck in selling your Pfaff- I have friends who love their Pfaff too.
Happy quilting,
Warmest regards,
Anna

Vicky said...

I love my 440, and hope you enjoy yours as much as I have.

Candace said...

Great way to treat yourself. I have a small Janome, a Juki, and my Bernina 1130, and even though I love them all, I'm partial to Bernina's. If I had one like yours I'd feel like I had upgraded to a cadillac. I hope that you have many many hours of fun sewing on it.

Evelyn said...

Hello - I'm thinking of buying a Bernina 220 and wonder if you could give your appreciation of it - I see you upgraded to a 440 - what was the difference like? Will I be disappointed with the 220? I believe it does not come with the feet I want.. 1/4 inch, walking foot and free machining or darning foot... does the 440 come with these or is it worth getting 220 and buying the extras?
I would really appreciate your view, Many thanks,

Evelyn