Saturday, January 9, 2010

My new Bernina 820

Ever since the Bushfire Quilt project, when Apples let me use her quilting frame I have been looking for a machine with more throat space. I figured I was in the market for a long arm. For years I quilted without too much drama on my regular Berninas. I didn't know any different. Well, the Bernina 830 came out and it cost a fortune (for me anyway) so I looked at it, but not seriously due mostly to the price and how intimidating it looked, and I have no interest in machine embroidery. Well, I kept reading on blogs about another Bernina, the 820. It does not do the embroidering, which is fine with me! I went down to the Bernina shop in Kansas City and I tried it out. Well, I really didn't try it out, I sat beside it and watched the sales lady try it out. But As I was sitting there, I thought to myself, this machine is quite a multitasker, it is a "mid-arm" that sews as well as quilts. Brilliant. SO I got home and called them about 7 different times to see what sort of deal they were going to work with me. I also emailed Jacquie who has one and she was very helpful. Finally I decided to trade in my lovely little 640E for the 820. It made the cost so very much more affordable! I am all for a deal. We drove down to Kansas City this afternoon and picked her up. I love her already. I feel like we have really bonded and really all I have done is figured out how to thread her. But that in and of itself was one hell of a task. I can't wait to quilt a quilt on her! I am looking at that Hope Valley fabric over on the shelf and I really want to just go for it!

Well, have a lovely weekend everyone. I will be sewing!

xo,
Tia

11 comments:

LauraJ said...

Congratulations!! May you two ladies have many many years long lasting years of friendship, love and shared cups of coffee and creativity!

the Campfollower said...

Oh Thank you so much! I sure hope we do too! She is a dream boat.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

CONGRATS! I got one in October (I agree with it being difficult to thread that 1st time) Gets easier I promise. Soon you will be doing it without thought! I sew EVERY DAY now that I have mine, she is my BBF, LOL

Can't wait to see what you create with her. Have fun :)

Ann said...

Oh yeah!
That looks like a lovely machine, and I too have heard much praise about the 820.

Cannot wait to see the creativity that will emerge from your cooperation :D

Patchwork Architect said...

I am so happy that you decided to get this machine. You are the PERFECT person to have one! I know that you will love it, and Hope Valley, what a great way to start off. Best wishes from all of us at Bernina in KC and let us know whatever questions you have.

Anonymous said...

Have fun, there is nothing better than a BERNIE!! Gail Norback

omashee aka Barb said...

Tia, you lucky duckie! I'm soooo green with envy! Have heard high praises for the 820. Wishing you many years of loving companionship.

the Campfollower said...

Thanks so much ladies! I am loving her so much. My husband is even intrigued (maybe just curious what makes a sewing machine cost so much money). But I am thrilled and that sure makes a happy home!

OnitaSPedrosa said...

goodjob!........................................

carole ann said...

Good for you, she looks lovely and one day I hope to own one as well.
Happy sewing........

Ann said...

Hi Tia,

You have now had the Bernina for about a year and I would love to read more about your experience with it, as I am very close to buying one myself. But.. it IS a huge amount of money, and I need to be told that I make the right decision *grins*.

Best regards from Denmark!

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