I have gone through a few machines in the years past as many do. My first machine was a Babylock Quest Plus-very good started Quilter Machine. I used it for about 6 months until I knew I would stick with it. I moved up quickly after taking a 2-day Free Motion Class in Fargo, ND. The Blow’s Sew and Vac Instructor, Kerry was amazing and before I knew it somewhere between Day 1 and Day 2 I upgraded up to the Bernina 440 QE. I love it!!
It is a dream come true. it is so easy to use while handling a lot of layers, thicknesses, and different textured fabric. I have have been sewing on it for 3 years.
It has gone to retreats, to the lakes, on roadtrips, to my parents house, and to Guild Meetings.
I have a Bright Purple Rolling case w/ wheels so it can handle water, rain, mud, and snow.
The Bernina 440 QE has functions that are needed and functions that are nice.
It NEEDS to be able to sew a straight line and offer a wide variety of feet and stitches.
It is NICE to have the BSR. (Bernina Stitch Regulator) This makes it very easy to complete smaller projects on your own with free motion quilting.
What I have come to learn is that it is pricey but so worth it!
Some extra special mentions about your next machine purchase, the Bernina 440 QE
-BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) this means that it senses your movement of the fabric when you are free motion quilting and keeps all of your stitches the same size. BSR 1 is for stippling, with curvy and small designs w/ no change in direction and BSR 2 is for more intricate and detailed designs. This is the most appealing feature on the machine as a selling point.
-The snap-on clear protective extension table helps stability and durability with stitching quality and ease. It is key in precision pricing and positioning for chain piecing.
-The 2×3 Screen displays both vertical and horizontal detail about stitches length, width and needle position.
-Like a vehicle, it has reminder icons for oil changes and service. It lets you know, which is nice.
-The Accessory Case comes with the machine aka the “Barbie Doll” Case (which is what I call it) holds up to 10 feet, extra needles, oil, and stores 5 full bobbins so that you are always ready for a road trip. This makes sewing an easy grab and sew process instead of digging in a drawer, etc.
-Unique Wrap around light on needle area
-Bernina Quality and Customer Service
-Start/Stop button doesn’t coincide with the speed control function. (doesn’t affect sewing machine, just a little inconvenient.)
-Weight- a little heavy for toting around **rolling tote on wheels
-view on screen distracting when it is flashing (never noticed this before)
-Extra feet are a little pricey, but so worth it!
If you have any questions on making the purchase, please use the comments section below. You can also contact me at (701) 452-6100 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to shop with you, remember I am a quilter and a SHOPPER!