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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 | 83 Comments »

Tutorial: iPod Touch Cover!

Hello my music-listening, smart-device-toting sewing friends!  Some of you may recall my little green iPod cover (that, incidentally, never got its own blog post, but has made some special (or stealthy) guest appearances in some posts about other bags (like here and here!)).  Not only have you observant readers spotted it in a few places, […]

Posted by robyn on January 13th, 2010 under crafts, sewing, tutorials | 29 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 | 109 Comments »

Update: Bernina 440 QE machine cover

Thank you all for your great suggestions on what to do with that AB green lotus fabric.  You have given me much inspiration for the next time that I venture to take it out of my stash!  I believe it may be destined for either a throw/lumbar pillow, or for a quilt of some kind. […]

Posted by robyn on December 31st, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, tutorials | 13 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 | 142 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 | 20 Comments »

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