Thursday, April 26, 2012
TNT Thursday - My Big New Thing!!!
So I have actually been trying my new thing for a while now but didn't want to post about it until I really got a feel for it. What is my new thing I have been trying?? I'll give you a hint . . .
Did you guess it?? Yup, I got a new sewing machine!!!! Well, new to me that is. Obviously they don't sell the Artista new anymore. My husband gave me this wonderful surprise for our anniversary. He knew I had been wanting to upgrade from my little Bernette but it still worked great so I couldn't justify just ditching it. So, being the great guy he is, he got rid of all the excuses I came up with and just set aside a nice allotment for me to choose a new machine.
So I choose and have been trying it out for a little bit and I love it!!!!!! I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!!!!! What do I love about it . . . .
So much faster than my old machine.
Has a perfect straight stitch
Sews a whole heck of a lot quieter than my old machine.
Has a larger bobbin so I can go a lot longer before changing my bobbin.
Makes a perfect tension FMQ stitch. (Seriously, I have done 3 quilts on it and it is a million times better)
Has lots of fun stitches to play with, still needing to explore all these options ;)
Can breeze through multiple layers, I so love this!!! No more pulling fabric through for me.
Now, I know some of you are going to ask Why this machine and why Bernina?? Well, first off . . . Why Bernina, well basically, I really didn't look at anything else. My Mom always used Bernina, my MIL always used Bernina, I guess Bernina is in my blood.
Why this machine. Well I was looking for a machine that had a larger harp space for when I am doing FMQ and was a bit more of a work horse. That was the main focus. The newer Bernina's with the larger harp space have all been upgraded to the BSR system (and I really wasn't looking to spend that much) so I immediately started looking at used machines that fit my 2 basic needs. Quickly it was down to an Artista or an Aurora. The Artista won out basically on price :)
And the cool thing about buying a used machine is all the extra little goodies that come with it. Like this awesome Sew Steady Table. This is one of those things that I wonder how I ever got on without it. It makes quilting so much easier. You just don't have to deal with near the tug and pull issues. I also love that I can line up pieces on the table and they stay lined up!
It also has the super nice Bernina Walking Foot. Now I had a walking foot on my old machine but this one puts it to shame. I love how heavy duty it is, and I love having the measuring bars that attach to it!!
Lastly, and this might be my ultimate favorite thing about it, which is probably silly, but true!! The 1/4" foot!!!! Oh my goodness, does this make piecing so much more accurate!!! You know before when you were trying to pay attention to a tiny line on your foot (I didn't even have one on my machine). Now I just feed my fabric through keeping it even with the edge of the foot!!! Heaven!!!! My seams have never been so perfect!! I love it!!!
And of course, there is lots more that I haven't had time to explore. I really liked that this machine came with the embroidery unit as well. When I have a few seconds I am going to sit down and figure that out. I already have a project I want to embroider. Guess that will be a future TNT :)
And just in case you are wondering, yes, she has a name. This is Abby the Artista ;)
So that is what I have been trying (for the last month or so :) What have you been up to :) Link on up!!!
Posted by Melissa Corry at 12:21 AM