boxes that contained a new generation of sewing, embroidery and crafting!
I have been a Bernina fan for many years, but the very first Bernina I purchased was from my friend, Trisha Smith (Treasures by Trisha Patterns). Trisha was in my local SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) group in Nashville, and she also worked at a Bernina Dealer where I purchased my first Bernina, which actually happened to be Trisha's personal machine!
At the time this was the top of the line Bernina. The 1630 featured 9mm stitch width, over 400 stitch patterns, monograms, 5 alphabets, and enabled sewing in 16 directions. To this very day, I wished I would have kept this machine - it was a work-horse! One of these days I am going to get me another 1630 to have as a back-up sewing machine.
My next machine was a Bernina Bernette Deco 600 embroidery-only machine that I added to my 1630.
This was a fun little machine, and at the time embroidery machines were just hitting the market and becoming popular for home sewers. I didn't keep this machine too long, as it really limited me. The disadvantage is that it was embroidery only. I was also limited to a 4x4 hoop. I did purchase a re-positional hoop, however I was ready to move up as more and more machines were progressing with technology. I sold my Deco machine and purchased a brand new Bernina Artista 180E.
The 180E was awesome! It had 3 different sized hoops and gazillions of stitches! With the purchase of this machine, I also purchased the Designer Software and began learning how to digitize my own designs. The 180 was perfect for both sewing and embroidery and I used it for many years before I added an additional machine, the Bernina Artista 200.
A few years ago I passed my 180 down to my daughter, who was just getting into sewing and embroidery. It's been a great machine for her and she's having fun doing embroidery and sewing.
The Bernina Artista 200E was even more awesome than the 180E! The screen was bigger and in color! Another great feature is that I could use a USB stick to transfer designs to the machine. I think I have owned this machine for around 7 or 8 years - just about every board has been replaced in it and it basically runs like a 730 machine, but I was getting the itch for a new machine. Since I like to keep up with technology, it was just time to move up again in the Bernina line. I am "sew" excited about my new Bernina 780...it truly is a new generation!
I passed my 200 down to my daughter, who is thrilled to get a "new" and "updated" machine. I then traded in the 180 to purchase the 780.
I am totally blown away at all this new machine can do!
It's soooooo BIG! It's a MONSTER of a machine, and I'm in love with it! I need some serious time alone with it..it's the best therapy ever and I can't wait to share on my blog all fun new things it can do...sewing, embroidery, crafting...a new generation!