Friday, March 22, 2013

Meet My Machine! Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of the MEET MY MACHINE blog hop!

Sew at Home Mummy
 
This blog hop is a great way to get a peek at what other stitchers are sewing with and read about what they love (or don't love) about their machines. This is my sewing machine story, and you can find links to visit all the other blogs in the hop right here.

AND THERE ARE PRIZES!!! Scroll all the way down to find how to enter a giveaway for a prize of goodies from me AND BERNINA!

Great, let's start at the beginning!

MY BERNINA STORY
So once upon a time when I was studying for my Fine Arts degree (a long, long time ago boys and girls), I was experimenting with sending all kinds of materials through my sewing machine, from delicate papers and lightweight plastics to heavy canvas and thick gauge vinyls. My poor little sewing machine (brand name being withheld to protect the innocent) could not keep up - half the time it was chewing up the delicate stuff, and the other half of the time it was choking on thicker materials and puking up giant thread-balls. Sometimes when I sewed for hours at a time the machine would get hot and just stop working! That's when I turned to BERNINA.

My first ever BERNINA, the 1080. The "sexy lady" is not original.

What this BERNINA allowed me to do was to focus completely on my creativity; it could sew through almost anything I threw at it without skipping a beat or a perfectly placed stitch. That's Swiss engineering! And you know what? After stitching up my artwork with the little 1080, I was able to graduate with my Fiber Arts degree and win a major award for my work!

On the front page of the SIU Egyptian in 1997, I look like I'm 15 years old!

*A little caveat - I also collect and sew with vintage machines, and I own something like 20ish sewing machines at the moment. You can see some of my vintage collection by clicking on any of the links in the "Sewing Machine Collection" section over in the sidebar. Although I do enjoy mixing it up and sewing vintage time to time, if I'm sewing something that counts or if I'm quilting, I always sew with my BERNINA.

I have sewn with several BERNINA machines since first purchasing my1080 (like the 440QE, and 350PE), and I am currently sewing with a 580.

I call this machine "The BOSS". No, not in a Springsteen kind of way, but in a kicking butt and taking names kid of way.

I've sewn with this machine for about a year now - and right away I was in love with how incredibly bright the on board sewing light is in this baby. Other favorite features are the high-res touchscreen, where everything you ever wanted to know and more is displayed:

Go ahead, touch me!

and the conveniently located thread cutter (the little scissors right next to the start/stop button and reverse button).

I'll cut you!

It sews beautifully, and since I started quilting I've been using this baby to do lots of quilting tasks from piecing to free-motion stitching and actual quilting. So, yes, my favorite accessories at the moment are all quilting related - the 1/4" Patchwork foot # 37, the Walking Foot #50, and the BERNINA Stitch Regulator.

Oh, BSR, you are so DREAMY!

What I love the most about the 580 is what I loved about my very first BERNINA; it is incredibly reliable, giving me the perfect results I expect no matter what I'm stitching. So, I can concentrate on my creativity instead of worrying about if my machine will keep up with me!

You may ask, if I was granted a magic wish and could have any one sewing machine in the world, what would it be? Probably the BERNINA 750 QE. Have you SEEN the hugemongus bobbin on the new 7 Series machines? It is AWESOME! I had a chance to sew on a 750 QE, and it is a truly amazing machine - incredibly fast and quiet. Yes, it is definitely my dream machine!

Now that you know about my machine, want to see where I sew? Here's a tour of my funky basement sewing space:


This space is definitely not perfect, there are lots of doors, posts, and open spaces to work around. The one long, uninterrupted wall is home to my mangle iron, cutting/storage table, and bookshelves.


I am big on books for reference, and since I started quilting a few years ago my quilting book collection has been growing. I don't quite have enough book space in this room because of the lack of solid wall space.

 
My main sewing desk is at the back corner of the room, this is where I do most of my stitching on the BERNINA 580.


A view in the other direction, two other vintage machines set up to sew, my ironing board set up in front of the industrial machine at the moment.


A small table and chairs at the other end of the room provide work space, but sometimes gets filled up pretty quickly with junk as I'm working.


So naturally, if I could change anything about the space it would be to have a bit more of everything. A bit more space, definitely more wall area for storage, and more windows for natural lighting.


But at least I do have a dedicated space to sew in, and for that I'm grateful!

Now, are you ready for a GIVEAWAY! Yes!


The prize is a goody bag from both BERNINA and me, and includes some awesome BERNINA branded stuff for your sewing room (acrylic cup, mini-ruler, neoprene laptop sleeve, and pretty fabric roll) plus a Moda boho 2" charm pack, a Free Spirit Essentials 6" charm pack, a pack of vintage craft buttons, your very own Miss Sews-it-all "Stitch or Die" needlebook, and felt tag. All of these goodies will arrive in a super sturdy white and red BERNINA canvas bag!

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED.

Just leave a comment right here on this blog post - and tell me what kind of machine YOU Sew with! This post will be left open for comments through the weekend, so you have until Sunday, March 24th (12:00 PM midnight Chicago time) to enter. Winner will be chosen at random from comments, and I will post the winner right here on Monday morning.

Only one comment per person, please! Additional comments by the same user will be deleted. So sorry, but I cannot ship outside of the US, so this contest is only open to residents of the United States of America. Please make sure you are NOT commenting as an anonymous user so that I can contact you if you are the winner.

125 comments:

linda said...

I have just bought 3 weeks ago a Elna 7300 Quilting Queen and i love it,love your sewing room wish i had some place other than the dining table :)))

ArtbyKC said...

Thank you for your post. Currently my most used machine is a Husqvarna Viking Designer I. I also have a Designer Diamond Deluxe and this year's goal is to learn how to really use it... This machine blog hop is so much fun. Thank you for opening up a world of new ideas....
arbykc@chartermi.net

Katherine :)

JoyceLM said...

I have a Bernina 440QE that I love. I am so envious of your sewing basement. I'm scattered all over the place, but we plan to add onto the house & I'll get my own sewing space. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win.

Exuberant Color said...

I am currently sewing on 3 older Pfaff machines most of the time. I had a Bernina 830 for 20 years and loved it. I also have Babylock machines. I'm like you, I have quite a collection of machines.

Sarah said...

I sew on a Bernina Virtuosa 160 which I have loved. But as of yesterday my dream machine is the same as yours! I'm so fickle!

Sewing Mom said...

Oh, I would love to win this fun bundle! I have a 1 year old Bernina 350PE!!! I love owning it...and I hope that in 10 years I can say the same thing. =)

Love your story and what an amazing space! Lucky you. Thank you for linking and sharing today...and thank you Bernina for a little treat. =)

Vicki H said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I sew with Elna which is also in the basement of our home.

Debbie said...

Oh crafters and their collections! I only have two machines right now. I "splurged" on a Bernina 440QE which is my stay-at-home machine, and I also have a little Janome that I take with me to classes and retreats. I'd love a 7 series but its not in the budget these days. I'm lucky to have a dedicated craft room, but my machine shares its home with scrapbooking tools and paints. Thanks for sharing!

Jill McCoy said...

I sew with a Pfaff Creative Vision, I have heard of, but have never seen a Bernina...will have to find a dealer and test drive one to see how those work with a stitch regulator!! I have own a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire just prior to my CV but then decided I wanted to be able to embroider as well and traded it in. Love your sewing area!!

Gretchen said...

I'm sewing with a Janome DC2011. It's ok. Was a nice upgrade from my 20 year old singer from high school. I recently borrowed a friends 1090qe Bernina. I'm so in love with this machine. Already called a dealer. Saving my money.

Jackie said...

My husband surprised me with a Bernina 780 for Christmas. I kept my 440 for classes. Bernina has been a good machine for me - I don't have a single complaint!

Love your sewing space - it's so large!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I sew with a vintage Singer 301. It only does a straight stich but it sews through anything!

smazoochie said...

I'm a Bernina Girl, too! I have a 1230 that I have loved since the moment I got her; my most researched & considered purchase in my life. We have been together for more than 20 years now. But I'm like you with a love of old machines. My faves are my Featherweights & my 'new' White machine. I love your space! And you are so cute in that newspaper clipping!

Janarama said...

I mainly sew with my Viking #1. It was a top of the line machine when I purchased it. To this day, I still love sewing with it.

sue said...

I sew on a Bernina 440QE and also have a Singer Featherweight that I use when I sew outside on the picnic table!

Eve Bennett said...

Currently working off my Bernina 170. But my 930 stays set up and I go thru spells when it's the favorite kid to work on!

NRGrim said...

What machine I use depends on what I am sewing. I have both the BERNINA 440QE and the 830LE and LOVE them both to pieces! I often multi-sew and have the 830 working on some embroidery while sewing on my 440. I just recently passed my first machine (an old Singer) onto a young girl interested in sewing...it may be an old machine, but it still sews a straight stitch and zig-zag...and I can teach her how to work with the basics so she can appreciate a nice machine when she gets one! Time to go create! Hugs to all! :-)

Donna said...

I sew most of the time with my wonderful Ruby - a 830LE. My travel machine is a 450. Love them both! They still take anything you can throw at them and just steam straight ahead to the finish! I love my Berninas!!!

cjnelson012 said...

I have used a lot of machines but my babylock beat them all my hubby bought it for me just before he died he told me to sew alot so i wouldn't miss him too much well I sew a lot but I still miss him. I have made a lot of quilts and have sewn all gowns for my daughters wedding and my babylock has done it all.

Grmol said...

I sew with a Singer 15-91 made in 1936. Having little experience with a fancy machine, I know I am missing out. I like your prize give away and hope I win to add to my stash of supplies to use. Just might need to try out a new Bernina. They sure have a lot of nice features.

Nancy Fugate said...

I am currently sewing with a Bernina 230PE and I love it. But, I am eagerly awaiting for my Bernina 750 to arrive....4 year interest free financing was the catch!! I can't wait to see what magical powers it has!

Marion Johnston said...

I sew mostly with my Bernina 830. Love it! I also have a 640 and a serger. Would love to have a room like yours to have all my stuff set up and ready to sew. Right now I use my dining room. But I can dream! I have so much to learn and am terrified I will break something, but I keep at it and I keep my dealers number close at hand.

Sylvia said...

Hello Erika! I sew on a Brother mostly, and piece on my Singer. Loved reading your BERNINA story.
Thanks for the chance to win too.
I've linked up my page to the blog hop too.
http://www.sylviasstitches.com/2013/03/how-i-sew-meet-my-machines.html
Have a great weekend!
Sylvia

Beesknees said...

Loved the tour of your sewing area. It's always fun to see how others set up their space. What do I sew with?
My primary machine is my Bernina 440QE, named "Elizabeth", and I am just now bonding with my new/old candy apple red 1936 Singer Featherweight, named "Lucy". She's positively dreamy and sews nicely, too.

Unknown said...

Since 1974 I've sewn on nothing but Berninas. I've purchased and returned or resold several other brands because, as they say, Nothing Sews Like a Bernina!

Susan Paxton said...

I have been sewing for years..My original machine is a Pfaff (Old and heavy) I also have a Singer Futura that is having trouble with the tension (ready for the sewing machine hospital) and my daughter bought me a Singer 4423 for mothers day last year. It sews great and I can do FMQ on it but is not a very heavy duty machine..Would love to have a Bernina sometime in the future but alas I am retired and single and can't afford a better machine. Would love the goodies you are giving away. I love to quilt and have only been doing it for a couple of years.

Brokecrafter said...

I have a Bernina Activa that I bought about 10 years ago. I absolutely love it.

Suzanne K said...

Cute giveaway :) I have a mechanical White and a lovely smart Bernina 430 with the embroidery module. I have two back to back sewing tables in my basement so I can have multiple projects going on simultaneously :) Mostly I quilt but I am starting to do clothes and home decor. Things that were difficult on the White are so much easier on the Bernina, I really like having them both available.

Jane said...

Like you I own multiple machines. I have 3 Singer treadles and my most prized antique is a hand crank
German machine my grandmother brought with her when she immigrated from Sweden. I currently own a Bernette serger, and Art Deco embroidery machine, a 1650, and a 440QE. I love them all, but do most of my work on the 440 QE.

Sherry Hoffman said...

I had a 440QE and traded to a 580E and absolutely love it!! I also own a 1020 that sews like a dream. i am definitely brand loyal. Thanks so much for sharing your photos.

Sue Wood said...

I am a very big Bernina fan - my first was the 830 Record. Now I own the 140QE, the 200E/730E and the 1100D serger. I am mooning over the 780E and the 830E, but that's another story. I sew in my basement as well, but do not have any natural light - wish I did! And of course, I could always use more space. Love what you have done with your space!

Bonnie T said...

I have 3 Berninas-a 1230, 700 and the 830. Also am privileged to have the quilting frames. I'm sureI qualify to be a Bernina snob! One of my last projects was embroidering my grandson's name on his baseball glove. It looked really great on the band of the glove. I enjoy quilting and home decor and am working on a Stack 'n Whack quilt for my grandaughter's graduation gift which must be finished by 2015! I love all things Bernina!

Gigi said...

I have a basic Janome 2212 and I love it! I do sometimes think about upgrading to bells and whistle machine like yours, but since I'm a beginner, I don't think I can justify upgrading at the moment.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Laura said...

I have had two Berninas. I started with a 135PE and got a 440 last fall. I love it! Thanks for sharing your space; I love your ruler wall. :)

Marti Slemmer said...

My favorite machine is my Bernina 830LE (AWESOME), but I also have a Singer Featherweight and a JCPenney. I traded my Bernina 440QE on the 830LE and wish I could have kept it for my collection
!

Jan Sennett said...

I sew with my Bernina 630. This is a great sewing machine. I dream of a Bernina with a larger harp someday.

My daughter sews with the my mother's hand me down 1080.

Meredith said...

Loved your post and your pretty sewing space! I actually sew with the Bernina 750QE and love love love it!

The Sunshine Grove said...

I sew on a Husqvarna Viking. Lately I've been hearing so many great things about Bernina, I might have to upgrade!

Karon said...

Love your blog! I have an 820 and 830 Bernina of which I use at the same time by embroidering and quilting simultaniously. I never thought that would happen but they both sew so well. I love my machines. Great sewing space you have. Mine is very small also in the basement.

jdt said...

I sew mostly on my Bernina 830 (new one, not the original) and finally I love it! I had a couple of years of nightmares with it, but now we are great friends. I also have a 730, and an old Elna Supra .. my first machine.

Love your sewing room ... thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I have a bernina 1530 and also a 440 QE Love them both, but the 1530 is starting to show its age. In the process of looking for another small machine to take to classes. tvbart@charter.net

Molly Bob said...

I own 3 Berninas. Two are my workhorses- both of them 1130s. The third is the Bernina 75th Anniversary edition. Love them all, but had I known that what was in store I would have postponed the 75th edition for the newer 780. I am widowed now, with limited finances, so I will be content with the 3 Bernina's I currently own.

Anonymous said...

I sew on a Bernina Activa 230pe. It's small but it will march through almost anything (including my finger when I got careless). Some day I'd like to get a bigger one but for now I'm happy.

Anonymous said...

I started with a 440 Bernina. Then updated to a 730. This machine is wonderful. One can always dream for the latest!

Linda said...

HELLO! I SEW ON A BERNINA 210 AND LOVE IT! PERFECT STITCHING FOR ALL MY SEWING NEEDS+MY PASSION QUILTING!
THANKS FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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Kathy MacKie said...

I have a Bernina 830!

Anonymous said...

Barbara Bennett

cre8mems@charter.net

From the anonymous comment above..... White, touch and sew, 930, 1130, 1630 and 830

Nikki M. said...

I LOVE my Bernina 430....i upgraded from the 230PE so I could get the stitch regulator for FMQ....its amazing!
When your machine works as a good as a Bernina, it gives you more time to be creative!

Cherie said...

I have a Pfaff 2027. I love it. Your sewing space is great.

CarolB said...

Have had a 440QEE for 4 years now. Have sewn since I was a little girl but this is my first Bernina. LOVE IT! Would love to upgrade to the 580 for a few extra features someday.

Just Gamma said...

I'm saving for a Bernina - would rather have a new sewing machine than a new car!

Maggie Potter said...

I won a bernina bernette 46, it will be my first bernina.

mmpott@ftcweb.net

Debbie said...

I sew on a Brother SE-350. It will sew anything I throw at it. It's been a great machine. I wish my budget could handle an upgrade though. I want something that sews faster.

The give away is so cute, I sure hope I win.

Love you craft space. It is very happy looking.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your award. I was sewing on a basic machine for many years and recently purchased my first Bernina - a 635LE. I love it. I've been simple quilting until I purchased this machine. Now I am learning free motion quilting, making embroidered cards, embroidered bags, hand bags, etc. I am loving this machine. Each project I work on, the stitching is beautiful. You are right, the stitching doesn't skip. I think a smaller Bernina would be great for everyday sewing and a serger would be nice to have.
Thank you for opportunity to be apart of the giveaway.

Chrystal @ chsweethonesty@yahoo.com

BT said...

Hi! I have 3 bernina s and an old singer. My girls are using the extras and I sew on a 730QE I purchased about 8 years ago. I love my Bernina's and love sharing them with family.!!

Wendy L said...

A Bernina! And I love her, she's amazing.

Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Jan Baker said...

I sew or should say quilt on a Janome Memory Craft. I am happier with every new thing I learn about it. 3bakergirsgo@gmail.com

Brooke Boon said...

My dad bought me a Pfaff Amibition 1.0 for Christmas last year. It was a major upgrade from the little Brother that I ran into the ground when I started quilting.

brookeali(at)hotmail.com

Annie said...

I had my Bernina 330 for must over a year. I've taken up quilt-making, and my friend and I sew almost every day. The only thing I would change is to have a bigger throat area for FMQ!

sntbosch said...

I sew on an oldish singer. I would love to upgrade to a bernina.

sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

mkhughes said...

I am sewing on my first Bernina, the B550. I really like it. I am contemplating the 750, and may jump on that one of these days.

Barb and Sharon said...

I sew on my first ever computerized machine, a Husqvarna Lily 540. I started on my Mum's Singer 401 then got my Nana's Singer Featherweight.
Barb@Witsend

Kirsten said...

I'm also a Bernina fan - currently enjoying my Bernina 830 Record and my Bernina 801 - both vintage machines. I just added an HQ Sweet Sixteen to mix everything up.

Cheers, K

ezeoftybach said...

I have a floor model Bernette 12 I bought just after taking my first sewing class 8 months ago. I've been having a blast making all sorts of crafty things and start my first quilting class next week. After that I will probably purchase a 3 Series Bernina. I wish I had discovered sewing years ago.

timpson said...

I sew on an old Singer for making quilts and a Riccar for free motion quilting and regular sewing. I need a new sewing machine for sure! I have three that need work, in addition to an old 1948 Singer I recently purchased for $200 that needs rewiring. Yes! I need a new one so I don't jump from machine-to-machine! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I recently purchases a Bernina 640. I do some embroidery, but spend most of my crafting time piecing quilts.

Jean said...

I sew on a 440 qe which is my third Bernina. I have several Featherweights and two Singer 301's. I would love the big throat on the new 700 series! My first Bernina was a Nova that I got in about 1979.

SheilaN8 said...

I'm sewing in a second hand Necchi.... It's ok. But I am in the market for a new machine!

This blog hop has been awesome!!

Sheilabonnett@gmail.com

linynp said...

Oh just love your collection! I too am a Bernina girl. They make sewing and quilting pure enjoyment! I have a 630 as my main & embroidery and 1008 (LOVE the mechanical!) and 215 for classes.

doreen said...

Well, i started sewing on my mom's brother sewing machine, which by the way, I have adopted!!! my first machine i bought was a bernina 330, which is a fantastic little machine. I then splurged on a bernina 1300mdc serger, which i have been learning all about. keep up the blog!!

Angie Perez said...

I love your sewing space, alot of great ideas.

Elaine Randall said...

My go to mahine is. Vintage Singer 15-91, piecing, FMQ, ans straight line quilting. I use a much more recent Brother for ZZ and use a Singer 329k and a Kenmore 158 for backup

Ellen said...

I have always loved Bernina and convinced my father in law to get one for my mother in law - when she died I inherited the machine. But I sew with a Brother Innovis 4000 mostly now. Since I am doing a lot of machine embroidery, but you can find me using both machines at the same time. Since embroidery machines can run without you sitting right there.

dar1210 said...

i have a bernina 1130 that is around 30 nyrs old and it sews like a charm...i want a bernina 7 series quilting machine...i love the enlarged bed for quilting...your sewing area is to be envied ty for posting it gave me some ideas...happy sewing..darlene

Tammie B said...

I got a pfaff for Christmas. It's great!

Sharmond said...

I sew with Pfaff 2046. It is serving me well. I would like more space for fmq, so that would be what I would look for if ever I buy another machine.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Oh, Erika. < sighs > me likey. me likey LOTS.

(do you mind emailing me with the price tag on the one you're sewing on now?)

Thank you SO much for your right up - absolutely FAB! And I love the award pic of you - I had to read it twice - I was like, what the heck? that couldn't be Erika! That girl looks like she's from the 50s! hahaha.

Thank you for offering up such a wonderful giveaway, and thanks to Bernina for sponsoring a bit too!!

REALLY appreciate it :)

(p.s. - my mother took pity on me and actually sent her soon to be 33yr old daughter bday money in a card, lol, so now I feel better about splurging on a 15-91! ha ha ha)

Nancy N. said...

I sew with the Bernina 440 and I love it. Love the BSR!!!!!

Patty said...

I have an old Sears Kenmore that I use for patching hubby's work clothes and a Janome 6500 for my patchwork. But this year for my birthday my hubby is getting me a Bernina, (even tho he doesn't know it yet)!!!! I really want to try my hand at FMQ with the BSR.

Derri Williams said...

I have a Bernina 230PE which was my first sewing machine and then purchased a 730 for embroidery. I absolutely love my Berninas but am envious of the new larger bobbins on the machines now.

Anonymous said...

I sew on a Janome 6500 but have a Berninia 440 which I'm learning to use. Want to use it more as the 6500 is getting tired and the Bernina is a really good machine and the stitch regulator is wonderful. You giveaway sounds so nice and I'd love to be the lucky one to win it.

Sharon said...

I bought my first Bernina from my harness maker! I drive horses, and when I got into the sport, I needed a harness. Boy, was I surprised when my harness maker told me he was now selling Bernina sewing machines and sold his harness business. He was determined to convert me from a Pfaff fan, to a Bernina fan. I won't give up my Pfaff, but my husband just bought me a Bernina 780, which I thoroughly enjoy. Earl finally convinced me with this machine!

Marlene said...

I love my Bernina 830. It is sooo much machine. Thanks for a chance to win. Marlene

Tamie said...

I sew on a Viking Platinum 750. I do love it.

Anonymous said...

I love and envy your sewing space! I am crammed in a small bedroom with a small herd of vintage sewing machines. I currently sew on a Kenmore 1050 that comes with the floral embossed case. Though its 3/4 size it really plows through almost anything I put to it.

JoAnn said...

I am jealous of your sewing space. It's really awesome. I am learning to use a Viking Ruby. Sew on and on...

Ginger S said...

I've had a Bernina 930 for 28 years and love it. It has done everything I have ever asked it to do.

Jennifer Lowe said...

I currently sew with a Kenmore that I inherited from my mother, but I also own a Singer.

Pank said...

Love your stuff I did explore down n saw your cute bunnies. I sew with the brother duetta and I love it. It is a very talented machine.

Donna Ferragut said...

After sewing on a TV tray, a fold up card table, a bedroom corner, my dining room table, my lap,in a closet, and on a temporary floor in the attic, I am SO happy to retire, move AND actually have my own sewing room, space, studio, call it anything you wish, the operative word is MINE! I loved all my old Berninas, but recently rewarded myself with thenQueen Bee of Berninas...then 820 , and I adore her!

Anonymous said...

Love your sewing space. I just got a Bernina 780 --a dream machine!! Thanks fro sharing.Wanda

pat said...

My first Bernina was a 730 I purchased in 1970.
2006 I purchased a activa 230.
I allso have a Bernette surger.
Love the Bernina sewing machines..

Cecilia said...

I have a Bernina 440QE which I love. I also have a Bernina 330 which I use mostly for cllasses and retreats. I had a smaller machine of another brand but it wasn't the same quality as my Bernina. I enjoyed reading your post and seeing your sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win some nice Bernina goodies.

Jane said...

This has been a great bloghop. I currently have a very basic Singer and am looking to upgrade. Definitely gonna consider a Bernina!

Sandie said...

Husband just upgraded my Bernina 1230 to the 830LE for my daughter's wedding this past Nov. I missed the lighter wgt machine and just bought the Bernina 350SE. Love that I can now swap feet between both machines.

Love your "sexy lady" on the 1080 but looks like the 580 is missing her.
~Sandie in Louisburg, NC

Carol Jones said...

I sew on a Pfaff Sensation, I love the IDT feature!

Cindy said...

I sew on a Bernina 830E, Brother Duetta 4500, Brother PC8500D, Kenmore Ultra portable, to name a few. I was looking at the 580 at a quilt show, I would love to have it, so I could have a smaller Bernina to travel with. I just won a Baby Lock EclipseDX serger, which I am picking up today. I have a small 12 X 8 room for sewing, I used to have a 20 X 16 attic space, and I really miss it. Thank-you for sharing

Lynn said...

I'm sewing with a 30 year old off model Singer--it was originally a made-for-school model with a broken foot that can't be replaced. I'd love a new machine!

shelleyjwilliams said...

I have a Bernina 830LE and I love it, and my class machine is a 380. Bernina all the way!

Fran said...

I love your sewing area! I sew on a Janome MC6600p, it's a great macine for quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sharon said...

Hi I am amazed at your sewing studio it is wonderful...I have a very much smaller one but it is mine and that is what is important. I sew on 2 machines. I love my Janome Memory craft 6500 and I have a brother that has a wonderful stitch also. But I get so use to my Janome because it has an automatic thread cutter, knee lift, all kinds of stitches and feet that it spoils me from my other machines. I also have a 1935 Singer that has a locked case and all even a beautiful straight stitch and a white #1122 that stitches wonderfully. My dream has always been to have a Bernina but for right now I am a happy camper.

Anonymous said...

I just got a Bernina and love it! Thanks for sharing.
Doreen
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Tiffany Ray said...

I also have a bernina, a 550qe. AND i love it:) I have enjoyed reading about everybody's machines and have been surprised with how few berninas have been on this blog hop. Thanks for this giveway!

Daphne said...

I have the Bernina 580 which I have named Hubert. He looks like a Hubert. My first sewing machine is the Singer 9410 that my father bought for me. I also have a Morse sewing machine which is little but very heavy. I love them all.

Shepody Mountain Crafter said...

I really enjoy your post. Your creating space is so inviting. I have a Janome 8000 and a Janome 4120. Keep smiling and Keep creating. Thanks for sharing plus the give away.

Sue Boyd said...

My husband bought me an 830LE for our anniversary last August. Our last child moved out of our home and I sunk into an empty nest depression. I miss having them at home. I miss being a Mom. He did such a sweet thing by turning our sons room into an awesome sewing room, totally redone so it wouldn't be just an empty time capsule of our past. It was a diificult time in my life, but his incredible efforts did get me excited about life again. The only problem is that I don't know how to sew and that machine is so amazing and I'm scared of it. I'm trying to get over my fear by reading blogs and looking at other's work and projects and trying to convince myself that I can do this. I do not sew and this is scarey and exciting both at the same time!

Tammy said...

I have been a Bernina Junkie all my life! My parents gave me my first 801 sport when I was 12 years old! I sewed like crazy on that until 13 years ago when I got the Artista 180. I love that machine too, and would love to upgrade, but why? A Bernina never dies!

Madeleine Trainor said...

I need a mangle in my sewing room too!

Carol said...

Currently enjoying a Bernina 780 but still have a 730. Throw lost of different projects at both. A lot of quilts, clothing, embroidery and craft stuff. The latest stuff I've been working with is laminated pet food bags, making tote, grocery,and other type bags out of them. Would anyone be interested in a rain coat? Beautiful sewing room that was shown. Granted every hard core sewer could always use more/bigger digs, but work with what you got. Spend more time sewing and less time organizing. Focus on what you got, not what you think you need!

Janet said...

I sew on a Bernina 230 that I bought about four years ago to replace my $100 Singer. The Singer, although reliable, was loud and clunky and could not FMQ at all. I love the Bernina! My only wish is for a larger throat space and more embroidery stitches. But I can live without them too. Thanks for a chance at your spectacular giveaway! I'd love to have some Bernina stuff to put around my sewing room.

CrazyCatLady said...

I have a Bernina 200E/730 which I bought pre-enjoyed when I retired a couple years ago. It's a beast -- I love it! Thanks for the chance to win. You're so fortunate to have a dedicated sewing room :)

Andrea said...

I have a Brother CS6000. I have been drooling over Berninas.

Ann Fisher said...

I sew with a Bernina 820, a Bernina 1080 and a Singer serger.

Kate Brown said...

I love that your machine has a stitch regulator. How well does that work? I sew on a Juki 400 which I love :) Thanks for all the info on your machine, it looks awesome.

CitricSugar said...

Thanks for sharing! I personally sew with a Janome 4120QDC and I love it but when the time comes to upgrade, i'll have to check out these machines with the giant bobbins...

Anonymous said...

I too sew with a Bernina. I have a Bernina 820 & a 153QE...both of which I love! I have a couple of older Vikings and a Singer (my husband uses the Viking 1100, it's a workhorse). I'm in a basement, but it's a walk-out so there is plenty of light from the windows and patio door. Could always use more though!

Cheryl said...

I got my first Bernina last year after using a Singer Golden Touch & Sew for 40 years! My 580 is such fun to use and I am discovering new things each time I use it. I love doing embroidery and just wish I had more time to sew! With four grandchildren I am never at a loss for ideas or things to sew.

Dr. D said...

After many years of reading about the Bernina and after being introduced to the Bernina 830Le at my dealer's promotion, I bit the bullet and bought it. I had sewn and still have a Babylock Ellisimo but I had ventured onto the Bernina website with all the online classes and projects and I was sold. I'm still learning to use my Bernina but it has been a fun learning curve.
Doris Alvarez

Susan Stanton said...

I just got a new Bernina 780 two weeks ago! Also have a 1030, so it was time for an upgrade. Love Bernina sewing machines.

JaneMN said...

I'm sewing on a new Viking Ruby Deluxe. We're still getting to know each other ... it's a lot more high tech than my last machine.

Kathy Myers said...

I have a "few" berninas. I started n an 130 and do most sewing on 430 and embroidery on 200. You are right about a Bernina being a work horse.

Mary Harwood said...

I have 2 Berninas. A 1090 and a 170. They have NEVER been in the shop for anything other than their yearly check-ups. I would love to upgrade, but it's hard to justify when they still sew just as they did when they were brand new. Thank you for the opportunity to win some goodies!!

Stephanie said...

I have a Janome 6600 and I love it. I haven't had any problems that were not operator error!

Ptcquilter said...

I am also a Bernina girl. I have mechanical Bernina, a 180 and a 440. I am thinking about the 580 you have. Thank you for sharing,