I finished my first quilt on my new Bernina Q 24 and have entered it in QuiltCon 2017! This is actually my first quilt submitted to a show. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be juried in. Drunkard’s Bullseye WOW! is an enlarged version (58×58″) of one of the blocks I designed on EQ7 for the Modern Quilts Unlimited/Michael Miller Fabrics “Everything Old is New Again” (#OldisNewMQU) block and quilt challenge.
I have to say that I really LOVE this new machine. Even though it was new to me, it made things so much easier. I did do some practice pieces prior to loading the quilt top. I tried a variety of thread combinations and played with the top tension….Oh, yeah! You can digitally adjust the top tension! No turning a tension dial and hoping it is approximately where you want it. Did I say, I LOVE my Suzi Q? (BTW, you are supposed to name your machine, so I dubbed mine Suzi Q because the tag that came with the machine said she was made by a woman in Switzerland named Suzi.) There are so many things I love about this machine….I love the digital display showing the different programs, plus I can set a specific program for the thread and tension that I am using, along with specifying SPI and BSR. While I was working, I could easily go from manual (doing small circles), to BSR 2 for doing ruler work, and then BSR 1 stitch regulated mode and automatically it would bring up the speed I had been using. This may not make all that much sense to you, but compared to my A-1, the Bernina Q24 is like Lamborghini and my A-1 was a VW Beetle.
I also loved that I can sew from right to left and from left to right and from botton right to top left and no thread breakage! And I was using Superior’s So Fine thread.
I’m not sure what I love the most, but I love that the stitch regulator is truly a stitch regulator! There are sensors on the foot plate on either side of the needle that determine how fast the fabric is moving and it adjusts the speed so that the length of the stitches stay consitent and are truly accurate. The quality and consistency of the stitches in BSR 1 and BSR2 is absolutely amazing.
Another thing I love is that threading the machine is done at the front and there is a great built-in bobbin winder at the front. You can easily exchange hopping feet. They just pop on. You use regular sewing machine needles which is nice…no special order. Oh, and the lighting is great. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but I will keep you updated on my progress with Suzi Q.
Next week we install the computer…another adventure and learning curve begin!