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!