Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Changing of the Guard

Well, I didn't wanna do it but I had to.My sewing needs changed and I knew it was time for my machine to change too.

The old guard
My Pfaff 7550 has been quite the workhorse for the past 19 years.
And you don't EVEN want to know how many specialty feet I collected over those 19

She still has a lot of life left in her too,  but I needed a little more....more..... "je ne sais quoi". 
She just wasn't right for how I sew now. *sighhhhhh*
What could I get that was as good as my Pfaff at a price that didn't kill the hubs? 
"Previously loved" was probably what my budget could handle for the features and brand I wanted and I wanted a lot..te he
Sooooooooo I grabbed my trusty Trek project bag and filled it with things I sew and off to the sewing machine store I went.

As you can see, I took fleece and a couple of different quilt squares and some canvas 

                      Do you see this? 13......that's right....thirteen layers of canvas

I tried a Pfaff 4.0, it made a "I'm challenged" sound when trying to jump that big ol' canvas hump. Tried a Janome, same sad sound. I even tried a couple of new Berninas...the 540 and the 6=something.....same sad sound. The 600/700 series....scary amounts of features...scary price tags....too automatic....ffrreeaaakky

Well, I went back to the very first machine I had them pull off the shelf....A Bernina Aurora 400QE. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I know she's a couple of years old already, barely a toddler in the life of a high end machine. She didn't make the noise.....she took all 13 layers without any trouble at all; from 2 layers to 13...poof! It was magic! 

                                                         It was l-o-v-e! 

She also comes with a walking foot, knee lift and the famous BSR..Bernina Stitch Regulator  
Better Free-motion I come!
The soft sided carry bag, lifter and extension table

Tomorrow is the big day.....sewing, sewing and more sewing...........
I can hardly wait to get acquainted with my new-to-me baby!!


  1. How exciting for you!!! Can't believe the size of the beast, epic!!!

    1. That's it! She will be forever known as "The Beast"

  2. So happy for you and your new Baby! Boldly Sew my friend!!!

  3. Congratulations on your new baby. I can't wait to see all your new creations the two of you come up with!

  4. I am so happy for you! The layers test is what sold me on my Bernina too. I tested on 8 layers of denim and it was like cutting butter with a hot knife.

  5. You are so gonna love that machine. I have one and I must say the stitch regulator is awesome. It still takes a bit of practice, but I feel it definitely helps my free motion quilting to be a bit better. I love mine and I know you will love yours too. Have fun!

    1. she is a little bit loud...not any more so than the pfaff, but louder than I thought. so far, I am really liking her.