Hello Friends, please forgive me for neglecting you! :( I had some work that came in last week that hadn’t been part of my scheduled workload. I had to fit all that in with what already was going on in my schedule, plus extra Christmas related activities. As it stands, I will be working right up till Christmas Eve.
We visited Arlington Cemetery over the weekend to see the wreaths 70,000 volunteers had placed at each headstone in the cemetery two weekends ago. We missed the opportunity of helping out this year, but plan on going next year. It is one place that moves me with deep emotions whenever I go. Yet, going there during Christmas time also made the Christmas sentiments real for me.
I had told you a couple of weeks ago that I am playing catch up – and will be for the rest of the year (and more than like first part of the new year!). I had shared with you a few months ago a certain sewing machine made its entrance into my world of quilting – the Bernina B770QE machine… you may read more about the machine here.
Since I quilt and make quilts for a living, one main thing I look for in a machine is that I need it to be a reliable work-horse! Because of what I do at this point in my life is quite limited to just quilting (even though I should dearly like to do many fancy things with the machine), so far, I have only used it for quilting! So, this review is for the immediate applications I have used with the machine SO FAR…
#1. Reliability and Durability — YES, so far it meets my “work-horse” requirement! It hasn’t given me any problem, just like my older Artista 640, and it just seems to keep working and keeping on working!
#2. Larger bobbin — LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Since I often do dense quilting on my quilts, not having to constantly worry if my bobbin is going to run out saves my sanity.
#3. Smooth Stitching — LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! The stitching is really smooth due to the built-in hook system! I definitely like how much smoother my stitching is, and that of course directly affects the stitch quality of my quilting stitches.
#4. Automatic Lowering of Feet — URM, WELL… this part took some getting used to. I could probably do without this feature because I still use my other two Artista 640’s. So, it’s like having to re-adjust between the machines each time I switch machines. But I think the problem is me, and not the machine.
#5. Dual Feed — LOVE! Now, I do love the dual feed feature that allows even feeding of fabrics that helps with precise piecing.
#6. Extra Throat/Harp Space – ABSOLUTELY LOVE! This was the ONE reason that spawned the thought about upgrading from my existing machine. So, if you quilt your own quilts, and not just piece, I would definitely consider the 770QE. With my Artista 640 machine, I am able to quilt 70″ x 70″ quilt very comfortably. I have even quilted a couple of 90″ x 90″ quilt, although that became quite challenging trying to maneuver the quilt sandwich under the small throat space. I haven’t quilted a quilt that large with the 770QE yet, but I imagine the size wouldn’t be posing a challenge as much as it would with the Artista 640.
[The only recommendation I have for Bernina is to perhaps start developing a time saving feature where the machine sews and cooks meals at the same time! I think that will really grow the quilting community!]
Now, each machine that I have own normally takes me about 6 months to bond with it. So, I am still learning about, and bonding with my machine. I will be sharing more as I learn more about my machine.
ALL THAT TO SAY – this is a solid machine! I like that it’s not this super fancy thing that has all the really nice features, but aren’t too applicable to me. It does what I want it to do without any problems, and it is very user friendly. I highly recommend you checking it out. Bernina dealers always have great deals/offers during this time of year for their machines. There are a few days left before the year ends — do make a trip to your local dealers and just see if you might like the machine as much as I do? [Disclaimer: I never, ever, recommend purchasing a machine based on anyone’s recommendation because it is such a big investment on your part. Plus you will be the one using the machine. Make sure you sew on it first before you make your decision. And ALWAYS ask questions!!!]
Thank you for stopping by. I hope this preliminary review at least helps some of you in thinking in the direction if you have been wondering about the option of purchasing a 770QE for yourself! Of course, I welcome your feedback if you have a 770QE yourself, or if you want to share about your experience visiting your local Bernina dealer this Christmas season.
HUGS to you all!