The Latest Trend in Sewing Machines Is BIG!comments (6) February 26th, 2009
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.