After much deliberation, I finally decided on my sew sewing machine. The Bernina 350 PE, and let’s just say…
I am in love with it.
All of these years I have been sewing off an on-line machine, unsure about making the investment in a dealer machine. But after using a Bernina for the first time at ALT Summit, I was hooked. I adored how this machine ran, the stitches were absolutely perfect. And suddenly I understood, I could see the difference in my normal sewing – and what this Bernina could do with it.
I was able to sit down and take a class at our local Bernina store, to really learn all of the ins and outs as to what this bad boy can do. At first I was totally kicking against it, I know how to sew – and an hour for a class is hard to come by for me. Oh my goodness, I am so thankful I took that time. What this woman showed me absolutely blew my mind – she taught me little techniques that I would have never known. She showed me sewing tips and tricks, on top of showing me every little thing my new machine can do.
I don’t know about you, but I am not a ‘read the manual’ kinda gal. I figure it out as I go – and google search everything else. I would’ve never known that this machine has 10 KNIT fabric stitches, and that is just what I can count off the top of my head!!! I learned 3 different ways to secure seams, using different stitches. And that I can sew with this machine not using my foot pedal at all. Ummm…it’s pretty awesome.
I’m making knit shirts like I never have before…
DO YOU SEE THAT NECKLINE?!!
That’s just a little something I was working on yesterday, which you’ll probably see next week. It was almost all done with one of their knit stitches, and that sweater knit fabric was super duper stretchy. I had no idea how it was going to turn out, it had disaster written all over it. Imagine my shock when it came out with this clean of a finish. And I didn’t even use my tissue paper method.
Ok, so maybe I am geeking out a little bit about my new machine. But I really do love it.
Vanessa of the Sewing Rabbit Team wrote a post a while back for those who have considered Dealer machines, with the pros and cons. Its a good read if you haven’t made the investment and are considering doing so.
So that’s what I am sewing on – the Bernina 350 PE. It was a natural step up in progression from my old entry level sewing machine. Something I knew I could learn with, without being overwhelmed. And I love it.