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« on: October 28, 2007 01:52:41 AM »

I figured you quilters would know.  Tell me, so that I may calculate the years of slavery and favors I must endure to own something as magical as this:


« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007 10:00:13 AM »

That's a Bernina. I couln't tell what model; they are spendy but sooo nice to sew on! The foot looks like a stitch regulator. That fits with the Bernina arista 690, 640, and 730. (I looked in my catalogue) hope this is helpful. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007 10:51:18 AM »

That was cool. but why is she sewing paper onto fabric?  is this some new fabulous trend I'm missing out on? or was it just to have something easy to show video of?

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007 12:40:54 PM »

Juliasews: Thanks for pointing me in the right direction... I'm looking at their website now.

Mooshie, I'm guessing the paper was being sewn on to create an art-type quilt? I've sewn paper before and it was fun.

« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2007 10:59:02 AM »

My pleasure! Cheesy I am now seriously coveting that stich regulator, or a walking foot. Glad christmas is coming...
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2007 05:57:18 PM »

but how is she able to sew sideways and in a circle? Im really interested!
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2007 06:23:42 AM »

she probably put her feed dogs down, now the fabric isn't being pulled through, so she has to feed the fabric by hand...in any direction. The stitch regulator keeps her stitches even.
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2007 12:36:54 PM »

are the feed dogs the part of my machine that pulls the fabric through? can my simple kenmore do this?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007 03:02:37 PM »

Most machines will let you drop your feed dogs.  If not, you can cover the feed dogs -- even with an index card -- and then you'll be able to do free motion stitching. 
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007 04:32:14 PM »

While she may be using a top of the line machine with a stitch regulator, what she is doing is called free motion embroidery and it can be done with any machine.  You drop your feed dogs (or cover them), put on your darning or free motion foot, put your fabric under the needle, and put the pedal to the metal. 

Faster is better than slower, and it takes some practice to get really good at it.  Having some sort of stabilizer under your fabric also helps.  There are a lot of tips for making free motion embroidery work.  Do a google search for more information on this very fun way of embellishing your projects.
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2007 04:38:14 PM »

That's the Bernina BSR foot - it's incredible.  After I tried it in person, I bought a machine that can use the BSR foot.  Three current Bernina models can use the foot - I have the 440. 

The cool thing about this foot is that as you move your fabric, the foot automatically senses how quickly you're moving it, and adjusts how quickly it stitches.  It makes free motion quilting SOOOOO much easier!  I don't think I do a good job of explaining it, so check out the Bernina website for more info. 
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2007 10:22:48 AM »

I have an old Bernina that I just got last week from my mother in law, I'm not sure if its good for quilting or not.

I have several Vikings and they can all do free motion quilting quite well.  I even quilted a king sized quilt on one of them.   I did this one about 12 years ago.


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