Sergery–Understanding Differential Feed

Differential Feed. You may have seen this term in your serger manual or printed on the face of your machine and wondered what it means. It’s one of the many features that distinguishes a sewing machine from a serger. First off, a serger has two individual sets of feed dogs unlike a sewing machine. They’re … Continued

Meredith shares some Love and Knowledge

This morning over at Colette Patterns, Meredith offers great tips on buying a sewing machine. She is certainly one to know, as she has sewn on many, sees loads come into the shop, and teaches our Machine Owner classes at MD (those are the ones you get for free when you buy a new machine … Continued

Sergery–Common Stitches

Sergers are very misunderstood machines. They seem so intimidating–all that thread, all those needles and loopers! They can be easy and fun to use, versatile, and can take your work from looking home sewn to professional. Sure, threading them may be *slightly* more complex than your standard sewing machine but they are by far easier … Continued

More and more machines…

…keep arriving. And as it turns out, it’s a little something for everyone. Take a spin on the new top-of-the-line bernette for BERNINA, the bernette 25. Pretty. Saddle on up to the newest entry level BERNINA, the 215. Prettier. The clouds in the heavens part to reveal sunlight directly aimed at this beauty, the BERNINA … Continued

Stitching, Decoratively.

There’s a lot of conversations around here about the use of decorative stitches.  Purpose and whatnot. And really the consensus is, use them anytime! They are great for enhancing and embellishing–as an extra touch on a skirt or dress or even on home dec or craft projects. A great place to look at decorative stitches … Continued

New Bernettes are in!!

I’ve actually been really interested in seeing the newly redesigned Bernette line for BERNINA.  These affordably priced, quality machines have had quite the face-lift.  I think they look SLICK. White and black minimialist design with light-up stitch selection–they’re like TRON! First in are the mechanical models, with features like the recessed handwheel, flip top lid, … Continued

Look…no hands!

Did you know you can raise and lower the presser foot on most BERNINAs without using your hands? Did you know you can raise and lower the needle with using your hands either? I know!!! As Elaine from Seinfeld would say, “Shut up!” This first feature is similar to industrial machines. Starting standard with the … Continued

A family of buttonholes

I was playing around the other day on our classroom BERNINA Aurora 440QEs and had a minor revelation. I knew there were buttonhole options but it had never registered how many buttonholes were accessible with the push of a button. The 430 has 6 while the 440QE boasts 7! And that doesn’t even include the … Continued


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