It’s been a very hectic month, but I’m home from visiting my sister and my nieces.
Let me formally introduce you to my newest acquisition. This is Bertie, she loves loves loves her new home with Frank and I. We love her to. She’s got a nice resting spot, her very own little space on the table behind my pc desk.
It’s been a long time coming and I didn’t buy the top of the line machine, I just wanted a good basic, machine with some options to piece, applique and yes, finally quilt on. I also own a Bernina 1230, but because the parts are scattered between Salt Lake City, and San Diego, I chose to just buy a new machine which I ended up getting a fabulous deal on at my Bernina dealer Nuttall’s in Salt Lake City. Good dealers are hard to find, we all know it, but in Nuttall’s, I know I have a good dealer. They’ve been in business for many years, at least thirty years or so, and I’m sure longer than that. I’ve shopped their for years when I lived in Salt Lake City, and their hasn’t been a visit home that I haven’t dropped in to the shop. While I’d never purchased a machine from them before, it was pretty easy to decide to do so, since I’ve always received great service at this shop. I’ve had machines repaired at their shop with no issues and yes, they have cleaned my 1230 for me without ever asking if they were my dealer.
Most of you who have followed me know that I wasn’t fond of my Viking Designer 1, and when I put the embroidery unit on a month ago only to realize that the calibration was off, I realized I’d had it with this machine, it’s just one thing after another and no local source to really fix the problems. At least here in Sicily, their is a Bernina dealer and they aren’t to far away should I need to stop in.
The one thing I can say about my 1230 and I absolutely love my 1230, and have no intention at the moment of saying goodbye, is that owning it made me a better seamstress, quilter, and overall sewist. I had owned an old Singer prior to that from the 60’s, the type with the cams. It did it’s job, but you could tell that the stitches it created weren’t properly done. The first time I stitched on my 1230, I knew I’d made a good choice.
This is the reason that when I decided a few months ago to buy a new sewing machine for quilting, that the only machine brand I was going to trust was Bernina. So, while I will have to replace some feet because the newer models don’t take the feet of the older ones, I do not mind so much. I will keep my 1230 for those other sewing things I did, but don’t do at the moment and stick strictly to quilting with this machine, thus I’ll save a bit of money buying feet. I did purchase the quilting kit since it seems to contain most of the needed items, but it doesn’t have the open toe foot, so of course that was one of my first purchases along with some extra bobbins.
I caught up with all my email today, and will now concentrate on working on the summer BOM I hope to introduce, and a little project I can’t talk about at the moment, and then of course I am working on my row for the EQ Seasons RAL coming in September. This is a big deal for me since I’m hosting this as my first quilt along, so I am hopeful I have learned from the other hops and such I’ve done what is needed to host one of these events.
I can’t wait for you all to see some of the rows that are being created for the Row Along, it’s going to be magical. Really.. :0)
So, I’ll cya all soon, Hugs!!