Bernina So Far

I have sewn on the Bernina now for about 5 hours and I am very happy with its performance.  Overall, it is better than my Kenmore for piecing.  It stitches more evenly and straighter than the Kenmore.  Once the piece is started under the needle, I barely have to guide it; it seems to just go straight thru – no wobbling, no veering off course. Perfect.

The feed isn’t as smooth as the Kenmore’s.  Fabric sometimes wants to snag up just at the needle.  But, I am learning the machine, so it might be user error.

And there is the foot pedal issue. I can live with it for piecing and regular sewing, but I couldn’t quilt with it. I am happy with the machine as is; I could be happier, but I would need to spend money on it and I want to wait to see its performance over months.  If it is consistently good, I’ll but another foot pedal.

I wish I could quilt with the Bernina, because the stitch itself looks really good.  Someday, I will do a comparison with pictures to show you.

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Sewing Machine Update

Well, my technician called today about my bernina 830 record sewing machine.  There is an issue with the foot pedal – it is sometimes fast and sometimes slow, which I had noticed.  He said there isn’t much danger to the machine should the foot pedal die, because,  to replace the foot control on ebay is anywhere from $65 – $140. So, I’m gonna just sew with it as is and see how that goes.  He also said the feed dogs were not feeding perfectly straight, but it would cost about $90 just to break the machine down to the point where he could see the problem.  His advice, which I am taking, is to sew with it as is and if it gives no problems for the next year, when I take it in next for service, then fix the feed issue.

He seemed really knowledgeable and nice.  And it is only costing me 30 dollars for this maintenance check (they are usually $75).  I’m happy and I can pick up my machine tomorrow.  Yeah!

Daily Needle 12/4/09

On the last Wednesday of the month our local Value Village Thrift Stores have a half off everything sale.  It is usually very crowded at all 4 locations, but luck does happen.  September’s sale gave me the best find – an old Bernina 830 Record sewing machine.  Priced at $8.95, it was a true find, but I got it for $4.50!

When I got home with it, I cleaned and oiled it and could barely wait to see if it works.  YES! The stitches are much prettier than my Kenmore’s.  The belt needs adjustment, so I finally took it to a professional today.  He’s to call tomorrow.  I haven’t used it much, but I have used it and what a nice machine.  Reminds me of a volvo 240. It’s 50 lbs. of portability. Lugging that thing was hard, because a clasp on the carrying case is broken.

The day I got it I checked ebay for accessories, as mine only had one presser foot.  An auction ending the next day for a set of 7 feet in the original bernina accessory box was happening.  Got into a little bidding war, and the stress made me nuts, but i got it for 95 bucks.

So, for a total of about 130 dollars, I have a second machine I can dedicate to piecing and have my Kenmore (i have about 100 dollars invested in the Kenmore as well.) dedicated to free motion quilting.  This took about a year and a half to do.

Eventually, I will have my sewing machine page reflect all the machines I have.  I have a total of 6, 5 of which work.  Some are packed away and the non-working one is in my garage.  I am happy to have a reliable quilting machine and a second machine for piecing.

Sewing Machines

Here are my 2 main sewing machines. I have more, but that will eventually go on my sewing machine page
I learned how to make a table in this and i am learning how to adjust the sizing. It isn’t pagemaker, but it was easier than i thought it would be to create this