The Latest Trend in Sewing Machines Is BIG!

comments (6) February 26th, 2009     

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MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
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I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of this Artisans’group—composed of sewing and quilting teachers, journalists, pattern designers, and other fiber artists—for the past several years. It’s an intense couple of days as we learn about the company’s latest innovations. But, it’s a lot of fun to get together with so many creative, like-minded souls who share the love of sewing.

This year we were introduced to the new line of Bernina 8 Series machines. The trend in machines nowadays is big—and big this one is! It’s absolutely state of the art with a bed that’s 12 inches from the right of the needle—most machines are about 7 to 8 inches. This alone makes the machine exciting. Think of how much more quilt, or drapery, or bedspread, or coat you can feed through that arm. But the size of the machine is just tip of the iceberg. It’s so cool I wish I had one sitting in my workroom right now. But, there’s a waiting list at the moment —and, a great machine like this comes with a price tag to match. So it may be on my wish list for awhile.

You might be able to win one of these machines, or one of 30 other Bernina models, just by visiting a Bernina dealer. It’s worth the visit just to see the size of this thing. Other machine companies have followed the same extended-arm trend and, whether you’re in the market for a top-of-the-line machine or the starter model, you owe it to yourself to shop around and try them all out. I’ve been a Bernina girl for more than 30 years now and I love the solid dependability their machines have to offer. But even if you don't see a new sewing machine in your future, Bernina's there for you—the next generation of sewers—with projects, ideas, and tutorials that will fit into your crafting life.

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Comments (6)

cavalierking writes: Well, I am commenting again on this remarkable machine. I just purchased the new needle punch attachment. OMG. My fabrics will never be the same. Needle punching can change your embellishment techniques dramatically. You can add: yarns of all kinds, fabric on fabric, threads, ribbons, roving of all kinds, and well, I could go on. I just needle punched some silk onto some jeans and then I put an embroidery design on top of that! Here we go.....Sew Fun,
Shelley and my Hum-B
Posted: 5:10 pm on December 2nd
Patsewz writes: There was TV commercial of a lady in a red Cadilac who asked..."When you turn your car on, does it do the same for you?" Well, the Bernina 830 certainly turned me on when I first laid eyes on it...and continues to do so each and every time I use it! I own 4 Bernias but this one is so far above the others. The size of the bobbin, the speed, the number of stitches and the versitility is simply amazing. If you are a true sewer, you deserve this machine.

And NO, I don't work for Bernina either!
Posted: 1:18 am on April 13th
cavalierking writes: I have this machine and I cannot beleive the things it can do!! You can use the built-in stitch designs to make a "set" of stitches to fill a piece of fabric as a background or as THE design of the fabric itself. Keep in mind the fabric can be as large as, well whatever you need. The machine will remember these stitches for later use. You can, also, go from the regular stitch sreen to the embroidery screen and combine stitches that can be saved as an embroidery design! If this sounds confusing, then it should! It's too remarkable to explain. WOW, what a COMPLETE sewing machine this truely is. I especially love the huge space under the "arm" of the machine that includes 7 additional lights! No shadows around the stitching area. I can go on, but best you see this remarkable machine yourself.
Posted: 2:41 am on March 7th
emma1234 writes: only in my dreams
Posted: 6:28 pm on March 2nd
JenniferStern writes: Wow...that puppy gives my Pfaff Creative Vision a run for it's hoops and stitches! Awesome!
Posted: 1:21 pm on February 27th
TheArtfulDogger writes: I'm a Bernina fan too! I have a Bernina Activa 230 and a Bernina Serger. Once you buy a Bernina, there's no going back! They're such well-built, solid machines. It's like driving a Porsche--it performs so smoothly!

Their machines are definitely expensive, so think of buying one as an investment. Luckily, Bernina has a really good purchase plan. You can usually sign up for a no-money down, pay-in-12 months deal. This is what I did for both of my machines. Just be sure to pay it all off before the 12 months is over, or a really high interest rate will kick in.

If you're serious about sewing, consider a Bernina. And, no, I don't work for them!
Posted: 12:01 am on February 27th
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