Saturday, August 29, 2009

A New Toy

Well it has been a busy week, and I have not been able to spend as much time on productive sewing as I would have liked. You see I have a new toy that has taken away much of my focus.

It is a good toy and a great distraction. I have waited quite a long time to take this home as it is not cheap. I also did not realize how difficult it is to transition from one sewing to machine to another. But it is a process I am willing to endure! Once I am more familiar with the ins and outs of this machine, I will be sure to post a full review on the Bernina Aurora 440QE. (Just as a side note, I managed to snap a needle with the new Bernina in the first half hour of playing with it, just as I wrecked the needle threader of my Janome when I first got that machine!).

I have made some time to piece together the Jaffa Cake fabrics selected earlier in the week using some lime green linen/cotton blend fabric as sashing, and I am busy quilting it this weekend. I am using the Janome though, as I am not confident enough yet to use the Bernina for straight line quilting.


I hope you all have a great weekend. Rain has been forecast for our weekend in Melbourne, it is much needed but not exactly forthcoming. Please do a little rain dance for us so that these clouds don't just pass us by!

41 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new toy...looking forward to your review.

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  2. I hope you adore yours as much as I do mine. It's a great machine. I enjoy stopping by your blog to see your beautiful quilts. You really have an eye for putting fabric together and I'm in awe of how much you accomplish! Very inspiring.

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  3. Oh wow...machine envy! You lucky duck....I'm so in love with my Bernina...I hope you love yours just as much! They are truly the best quilting machine known to woman.

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  4. You will love it, I have had mine a few years and it is my right arm.

    cheers
    christine

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  5. Yay for new toys! I hope you love it... I want to hear all about it because maybe someday I'll get to upgrade (yeah right, in like 20 years!) :-)

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  6. Congrats on the new sewing machine. Lovely!

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  7. Ohhhh exciting stuff Rita! Can't wait to see it up and running. Loving the colours in this new quilt ... as usual you do not disappoint!

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  8. That's so funny I broke a needle within half an hour of having mine too! It's a great machine....

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  9. Yay for new toys!
    Funny that you aren't confident on straight line quilting, that should be the safest.

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  10. Lucky lucky thing! I know what you mean about two machines...you get used to the littlest of details such as which way to lift the foot up lever! Have fun with it. We have rain in Adelaide today and as much as I hate using my dryer, the rain is very welcome.

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  11. Congratulations! I can't even begin to imagine the amazing work you will create with your new machine. I look forward to the review!

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  12. oh goodness...i am sooo jealous, in a good way of course. I tested out that machine and loved it. I dream about having it but the price is holding me back, I am so excited to see what you make with it and what you think of it. The quilt top looks so pretty. Those squares on the green are great

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  13. love the green sashing on the quilt...have fun experimenting with your new toy..lets hope the needle is all you break!

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  14. Oh you lucky girl Rita! HAve fun exploring your new machine!!

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  15. I'm sure you'll love your new Bernina. I have the same model and I think it's fantastic. Yippee for you!!

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  16. Oooh lucky you! I'm dying to get a new machine but that'll have to wait hehe Loving the Jaffa Cake quilt thus far :)

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  17. Have lots of fun with your new toy! You will love it!!!

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  18. Congratulations to you! You're going to love this machine!

    I just got a 430 about a month ago. It has made such a difference in my quilting! Well, actually, now I CAN quilt! Before I just made quilt tops and tried to quilt them and ripped out the quilting. I can't believe the difference a high quality machine makes.

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  19. The Bernina 440QE is my dream machine, something I am working towards. congrats on the new toy and the Jaffa quilt is looking really great!

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  20. Oooh that's my new machine too! I love it although I haven't used it a great deal yet. What I have done looks great though and it's so easy to use. Have fun using it!

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  21. Isn't getting new toys lots of fun! Enjoy getting to know your new sewing machine. :o)

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  22. Enjoy your lovely new machine, you will love it. At least you only broke a needle.

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  23. Only one?! Enjoy your new machine, but be prepared for a period of transition; it is taking me a while, and I didn't even change brands!

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  24. Congratulations on your new toy - I too have been blessed with the 440QE, I got mine as a birthday present from my dear mum 10 days ago and it is so wonderful. Your latest creation is gorgeous and I'm sure there will be much more from your new machine too. Regards, Christine

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  25. Congrats on your new machine! I am sure you will love it!! I have to ask, you use a lot of linen and cotton/linen blends. Where do you find them? By the way, we are getting lots of rain here this weekend due to tropical storm Danny. I would love to send some your way. Hope you get enough rain!

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  26. Congratulations! I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. It really is an adjustment moving from one machine to another, but after a while, you'll be totally smitten with it!

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  27. You'll definitely have to let us know if it is worth the price. My main drawback (besides the price) to plopping down so much cash is that the sewing space (to the right of the needle) looks rather small.

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  28. i'm also an inconditional fan of bernina aurora 440qe. i love mine, it's my first machine though and i'm still exploring (i've also broke a needle so far). it's so expensive that i'm afraid to break something else!!!
    to me, you are already such a wonderful artist, now that you have the best machine in the world i can't even imagine what will happen. what a team you'll make!!!

    have fun and keep sharing with us your experiences. thank you for that by the way... you're an inspiration!!!

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  30. i just got a new bernina too! so fun to play with...

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  31. I just got this same machine in May. I love it! It is hard to get used to a new machine, but this one really makes it SO much fun! :)

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  32. Ooh Rita, I wan't one of those!!!! How much fun will you be having working out how to work this new toy. I love the jaffa quilt, that green is just gorgeous. xo

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  33. Wow, I have the same machine. My husband bought it for my big b'day #50. I can't wait to hear all about your machine. All I have done is sew straight lines. I even got the embroidery module free when I got it. Haven't use that either. You make the most beautiful quilts so I am sure you will succeed with this new machine. Congrats and have fun
    Jo

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  34. I hope you love your new machine as much as I love mine! I got that same model just a year ago. I'm still learning things about it.'I hope you get rain...a good excuse to stay inside and sew. :D

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  35. Enjoy! I moved from a Janome to the Aurora about 5 months ago and I am lovin it, especially the BSR and top bobin winder.

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  36. congrats on the new toy... and nice selection with the green.. very different!

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  37. I love my 440QE too! Mind you, I've never broken so many needles - got to remember to change that patchwork foot before doing any other fancy stitches. The BSR is fab too.
    And the hand-quilting stitch is good as well.
    Alison

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  38. Congratulations for your Bernina, Rita!
    I have the Aurora 430 and I must say I LOVE it!!!
    You will see how great this new toy is and within a few days you will understand that you won't be able to live without it...
    Does that mean that you quilts will be even more beautifull than the one quilted with your previous machine!!!!!??? ;D

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  39. Rita, with that machine you are going to blow us all out of the water with your creations.
    Enjoy!!!

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  40. Congrats on your new toy! I just got a 430 this past may and my husband has been calling it my second husband! You will LOVE it!

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  41. i was also surprised with how difficult the transition was to my new sewing machine as well. glad to hear i'm not the only one! enjoy! :)

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