Day 3: My Machine

Welcome to Day 3 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge! Today’s theme is: our machine. I have been a Bernina gal since I began this quilting adventure – I adore them ❤️!

My first electronic sewing machine was a 153QE Bernina…in the early days of iMacs, Bernina followed colorful suit and offered this machine in several colors. Of course I chose purple…and that machine was my best friend for a dozen years. As time passed, and I realized how much I loved the stitch regulator on my longarm machine, I began to research an upgrade. Since I had a longarm, I didn’t need a BIGGER machine, just a more functional one…and in 2015 I fell in love with the 570QE.

The story begins with a terrific Bernina dealer (I am fortunate to live close to Pins and Needles in Mt Kisco, NY – Lisa and Deb are the BEST) . Having a great dealer means having a terrific teacher, too…Lisa is tireless in her ongoing education for all of us, whether it’s a machine question or a what-in-the-world-does-this-foot-do question ;)!

In the autumn, a new arrival 😃. Oh, the excitement of unboxing! And then deciding that my machine really needed a bigger sewing table…

…which of course now holds much more than my Bernina ;). What I love about this machine:

1 – the Bernina BSR (stitch regulator) ❤️…given the miles of thread I put down in free-motion quilting

2- the light – so much brighter than older models

3- the larger touchscreen

I’m quite sure that I use about 5% of the brain capacity of this machine, and occasionally play with the decorative stitches (especially for small holiday gifts) to learn a bit more. It has become my third hand…I believe I could thread it with my eyes closed after nearly 6 million stitches!

The Bernina community is a large one and it was fun to see the REALLY giant model on the floor in Houston for the 125th anniversary…

…and alway wonderful to see the head of education, Jeanne Cook-Delpit, whether in Houston or in the studios of Quilting Arts TV:

Of course, I am now beginning to dream about my next Bernina 😉…

I can’t wait to read about everyone else’s favorite sewing machine…see you tomorrow!

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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