Lookit What I Got!!!

After much searching over a series of months, models, and dealers, I have finally made a sewing machine decision. And after a love-at-first-use test drive, I brought it home today:

When unpacked, this glorious box looks even more glorious:

I never thought it would happen. I have a new sewing machine! It’s a Bernina 440QE! It is lovely and beautiful and sturdy and smooth. I am officially in love.

Stay tuned for a few posts on my search experience, as well as more info on the machine itself. I hope to do a lot of mini feature reviews so that others can benefit from some info out on the Interwebs that I was unable to find throughout my search. Yippee!

Posted by robyn on June 20th, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines

14 Responses to “Lookit What I Got!!!”

  1. Kristine Says:

    CONGRATS! You must be super excited 🙂 Graduation present for yourself? Mine was my birthday present to myself haha…

    Kristines last blog post..Healthy Machine = Time for a Giveaway!

  2. robyn Says:


    Yes! That’s exactly right – a graduation present 🙂 I love it so far!

  3. breezily Says:

    Ooooh! Gorgeous!

    breezilys last blog post..The end of the beginning

  4. Dori Says:

    In Hebrew I would say (should have said earlier tonight!) “teed-chad-shee,” which stems from the term for renewal and newness, but means “congratulations on your purchase.”

  5. robyn Says:


    Thanks, Dori!

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  7. Melodie Says:

    Lost my 440qe instruction manual and can’t thread the darn thing. Do you have instructions you can share?

  8. Ruth Bosveld Says:

    I have been keen to buy this machine for a long time and have been very encouraged by your blog, which I have shown my husband from time to time. We have now put one on layby (Australian term – not sure if you use it in the US). I am very happy. Looking forward to collecting when we have paid it off.

  9. Janet Says:

    I am upgrading from my 1977 Bernina 830 to this machine TOMORROW! I had the full demo yesterday and have been slobbering all over the website and your blog since then…can’t wait for the Bernina dealer to open tomorrow morning at 9:00! Since taking up quilting, I have more use for the quilting features than ever before and I’m convinced that I’ll be making another lifetime purchase, just like the original 830. I’m not getting rid of my 830, though…just putting it out to pasture for awhile — maybe handing it down to a deserving granddaughter in time. Thanks for this excellent blog, which confirms my decision to move up the ladder a bit in the Bernina line. My 830 was top of the line in 1977, but new technology and new interests have let me reconsider what’s currently available. Thanks, also, to Bernina for continuing to make a quality product. I’ve always been happy with Bernina. Sewed an awful lot of my girls’ clothing on my old 830. Now I can sew more for fun…with my quilts and such.

  10. Judi2 Says:

    I bought mine over a year ago when I got into quilting. Had a teacher and now that I have moved I am on my own to learn all I can about the machine and what I can do. I found your blog and I will be visiting a lot. Thanks for the how to oil lesson…that was great. Enjoy your machine

  11. Stephanie Tarver Says:

    I have one like this also. I do love her and how good she sews. Thanks for the tutee…

  12. Connie Gaston Says:

    You sold me on the Bernina 440QE, but they no longer sell them so I got the Bernina 450. Hopefully they are close to the same thing so I can continue to use your blog.

  13. robyn Says:

    Hi Connie, Thanks for reading, and I hope you love your Bernina 450!! -Robyn

  14. Linda Bond Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I learned more than I learned at the dealer where I bought my machine. I learned to clean it right and how to use my BSR. I had no idea it had 2 modes. i have owned the machine for several years. i hope to learn to use the embroidery thing my husband encouraged me to buy,but have never tried.
    I am very pleased to have found this site and hope you continue to post on it.

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