* To see the overview of this Master Craftsters campaign, click here
* To read more about the machine used in this project, explore BERNINA's website here
.Hello BERNINA 350PE!
Hi! My name is Robin, also known as rlynn
around the boards. I applied for the chance to be a Master Craftster, but I didn't really think I would get chosen so imagine my surprise when I found out that I would get my hands on a BERNINA sewing machine. Squee!
I was partially raised by my Grandma Betty, who was an original Jill of all trades. I grew up watching her make all sorts of things, mostly sewn goods. She lived through the depression era so she had a tendency to hold onto everything in the hopes of turning it into something new. Ha! And I wonder why I have a hard time throwing anything away. One of my favorite memories is sifting through her big box full of buttons. While I definitely picked up the craft bug from her, I didn't turn to sewing until I was 27 and pregnant with my daughter. My husband bought me a cheap little machine from a big box store and I sewed until I literally killed the thing. By then, I discovered my love of sewing, so, of course, I had to buy a new machine.
My favorite things to sew are quick projects that can be completed in one night. I'm notoriously impatient and I like seeing the finished product the same night that I start it. I'm also super busy with raising my glorious little Aria Jae, going to school full time to get my doctoral degree, and teaching an undergraduate class. Quick projects don't eat up a lot of time and they still feed my soul. And that is what sewing is for me... it's a time to rejuvenate. In a way it's my own form of meditation.
When I heard I had been selected to try out a BERNINA, I was actually a little nervous. I get attached to my sewing machines. I get so comfortable with them that trying out a new machine can sometimes be awkward. It's like going on a date after you've been with the same person for years. But I was also super excited; I've never used a machine of this caliber before.
The BERNINA 350PE came with an automatic buttonhole foot as well as a presser foot with four different snap on soles. I fell in love with snap on sole #20, which is an open embroidery foot. I liked having a clear view of the fabric and stitches.
She also came with bobbins, needles, and thread... (not pictured is the fun variegated thread and the fifth bobbin because they are currently being used)
If that wasn't enough, BERNINA also included a walking foot with three different soles.
And finally an assortment of accessories like oil, a brush, screwdrivers, and compensating plates (you ask what those are? Read about them in my Easy Dress project
Once I got over my nervousness, the BERNINA 350PE was incredibly easy to use. I'm in love with just about everything about her... the numerous decorative stitches, the strong motor, the gorgeous and EASY buttonholes... In fact, I've fallen so in love with the BERNINA 350PE that every time I mention having to send her back, I follow it up with a little sigh. I don't know that anybody is catching onto my hints!
Thank you Craftster and BERNINA for the wonderful opportunity to try out this delightful machine!