I am not a quilter, although I have been know to assemble a quilt or two. I can not stop playing around with free motion quilting and embroidery with more and more frequency. I am in the process of falling in love with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator. I have used it so far on small projects, like the mini neon zip pouches, some potholders that will become the next mini classes, and other wee fabric and batting sandwiches.
Here is what I have learned so far:
- Free motion quilting is FUN! It is a whole new way of sewing, the fabric moves under the machine in a very relaxed and easy way that is so different from constructing other projects.
- It takes practice, even with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator. But practice is fun, and I have improved very quickly with the Stitch Regulator.
- I want to do more! Not yet a big quilt, but maybe a table runner or baby quilt… all the project possibilities are getting me excited.
- It is creative in a fluid-design sort of way. It is like thread in a pen. You can draw with it, doodle, squiggle, create images or just play.
- The most difficult part is often starting and stopping and keeping stitches even, and the Stitch Regulator helps with this a great deal. It speeds up and slows down to regulate the length of stitches as you move. The goal is to have them all the same length, and it comes pretty close with even just a little bit of practice.
- Before I actually attempt a quilt, I will have to learn how to quilt like Elizabeth or take her Freestyle Free Motion class.
What I am coming to find, is that I want to sew with solid color fabrics and embellish them all with stitches. I suppose the possibilities are endless, but I am really on the home decor tip with this. Pillows, table runners, pot holders, and quilts.
The BERNINA Stitch Regulator is available for classroom use during class and drop-in open sewing! What? For real? You don’t even have to own one of these tiny little computerized feet to get in on the fun. You may not be able to resist once you sit down with them though.
And fine print wise, you can use them on current Aurora machines, Artista’s, and 8Series. They are even included with the purchase of an Aurora 440QE and a 820QE. They are not possible to use on just any machine (and are a BERNINA exclusive feature) including the 3 series, the 1008, 210/215 or any Bernette.