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Tiny Protoquilt

Here’s a small project that uses the amazing Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR).  It’s a tiny protoquilt:  something a little bigger than a coaster, much, much smaller than a regular quilt, and even smaller than my original protoquilt. This would be a great first project for trying out the BSR, or something small and fun for the experienced […]

Posted by robyn on March 18th, 2015 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 5 Comments »

Bernina 440QE: Cleaning and Oiling Your Machine

A step-by-step guide to cleaning your Bernina sewing machine. Includes way too many photos and makes it look harder than it really is – but it’s really quite easy and you should learn how to do it. Take my word for it!

Posted by robyn on December 31st, 2011 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 87 Comments »

Craft Room Makeover – Part 2 – The prep stage

This picture shows about how the craft room makeover is going so far. Moving everything out of the room sucked, and now it’s laying all about the house in piles.  The prep stage had some chaos, some unexpected snafus, and a whole heck of a lot of SCRAPING.  I am pleased to say that the […]

Posted by robyn on April 21st, 2009 under crafts, sewing machines | 2 Comments »

Bernina 440 QE: Button Hole Tutorial

Buttonholes seem to be one of the most scoured and studied aspects of a sewing machine when seasoned pros decide to get a new machine. Is the stitch quality good?  Are they easy to make?  Are they consistent?  If you sew clothes, its these types of finishing touches that make all the difference.  Many have […]

Posted by robyn on January 5th, 2009 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 113 Comments »

Bernina Aurora 440 QE: Free-motion Quilting – Part 2 of 2 – The BSR!

See Part 1 of this series here: Bernina Aurora 440 QE: Free-motion Quilting – Part 1 of 2:  Free-motion quilting basics without the BSR. So yeah, I know… it’s taken me forEVER to finally post about the one part of the Bernina 440 QE that is probably the biggest selling point for this machine; the […]

Posted by robyn on August 15th, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 143 Comments »

Bernina Aurora 440 QE: Free-motion Quilting – Part 1 of 2

Update:  For part two of this series, go here: Bernina Aurora 440 QE:  Free-motion Quilting – Part 2 of 2 – The BSR! I’ve been sewing for a bunch of years, but have always admired from afar the meandering amoeba-like quilting stitch that some people use on top of their quilts.  It sounds and looks […]

Posted by robyn on August 3rd, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 22 Comments »

Bernina Aurora 440 QE: Walking Foot

OK, so for you non-sewers out there reading this blog, it may sound absolutely insane that I wanted to initially start out this post with: “Dear walking foot, where have you been all my life?”  Yes, probably for those who don’t think sewing is cool (which, really, you should reconsider), this sounds pretty lame.  But […]

Posted by robyn on July 23rd, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 66 Comments »

Bernina Aurora 440 QE: Playing with stitches

So I’ve been playing around with the different stitches on the machine.  Can you tell? One of the very first things I decided to do was sew a sample of each of the 180 stitches it is capable of.  Boy, that got old fast.  But I got most of the way through until I ran […]

Posted by robyn on July 4th, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 21 Comments »

Bernina Aurora 440 QE: What’s in the box?

The box.  Brown, cardboard, heavy. The first thing you see when you pop it open:  Instruction manuals, brochures, the knee lifter, a DVD (that I still haven’t watched) and various other warranty info and such. Oh-so-cute little Bernina all tucked away in there!  On all sides are various accessories: at the top of the pic […]

Posted by robyn on June 22nd, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines | 37 Comments »

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! […]

Posted by robyn on June 20th, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines | 14 Comments »

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