My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.

 

The New Arrival

Look who came home with me this week!

I call him Bernie

Since I seem to have renewed my interest in sewing, I’ve been thinking about getting a modern machine. So on Thursday I bought this lovely Bernina B475 QE.

I did a bunch of research before choosing a machine. Some of the standouts of this machine:

  • Totally automatic button holes
  • A GIANT bobbin that holds 70% more thread that regular bobbins
  • Knee control that raises and lowers the presser foot

I spent a couple of days playing with it and yesterday made my first project:

Butterick 6024

It’s a simple pattern and everything went very smoothly! I’m looking forward to many more sewing projects with Bernie.

Pre-Bernie last week I completed these projects:

Butterick 5741
Folkwear 117
McCalls 5912

And Loki worked on his camouflage skills.

You can’t see me

Comments

  1. Is this like the kid that shows up at the door with a dog or cat and says
    “Look what followed me home!”?

    I’m sure you will both enjoy it and use it well.

    Mine is much older, pre-electronic displays, and I know I’d love the larger bobbin capacity, but I can’t find an excuse to replace mine. And I do love the knee lift.

  2. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    I have an old mechanical Bernina i love. My favourite though
    Was my 830 Bernina. The moving company cruched it moving from Panama to Alaska….not an easy feat as it was solid metal. I like mechanical. You new machine is beautiful though!! Loki you are well hidden there!! Sweet boy!!

  3. I have a Bernina mechanical machine acquired after the Brother Quilter’s Choice decided to have a fit. I love mechanical, no computers involved and still has 20 decorative stitches and automatic buttonhole. Enjoy your new toy!

  4. Wendy–when they say “Nothing sews like a Bernina–Nothing”. Ain’t it the truth. I love mine, a B790 Plus and am still learning some of its features.

  5. Wow. Congratulations! You seem to excel at all the things!!!

  6. Sharen Warren says:

    You’ve inspired me to organize my sewing room and oil my machine. I’ve enjoyed sewing many of my own clothes since I was 10, mostly because I love textiles and being able make something somewhat unique. I have a couple of great smock patterns too. I hope you enjoy your Bernina for many years.

  7. mary.osborne says:

    Ooohhhhhhh aaaahhhhhhh……… I want one of those! Enjoy!

  8. Linda Yancy says:

    I’m drooling over Bernie…he looks “well built”!! I’m really enjoying all of your sewn creations. I would love to wear them. Sending Loki’s pic to my sister who is a cat person. She’ll love his camouflage.

  9. Linda Yancy says:

    Hey Wendy, you haven’t posted for 3 weeks. Is everything okay? Or have you just been so enamored with Bernie that you haven’t had time to show us what you’ve created? Let us know how you’re doing.