I have so many fun, free and exciting things to cram into this one post about the NEW BERNINA 570 QE, it’s going to be really hard for me to stay on track. Since I want to be sure you don’t miss anything because of my excessive rambling, I have written a detailed outline that I will strictly adhere to...
JK, I’m totally going to deviate. I’m deviating right now and I’m only three sentences in! Or is it four...?
Before I lose you, as part of the brand new BERNINA 5 Series celebration, I designed a FREE quilt pattern just for you! Click here for the instant to download! Scroll to the bottom of this post for more photos of this joyful spring quilt!
Why I Switched to BERNINA
My more observant friends who have seen my early video tutorials, will most likely notice a couple things.
- I have zero videography skills and take on a soothing yoga teacher voice when speaking at the camera.
- I am not sewing on a BERNINA.
Originally when I learned to sew at the age of 15, I learned on a BERNINA. However, when it came time to purchase my own machine, expenses and availability steered me in the direction of Janome.
At this point you are scrolling back up to the title and confirming that yes, this post is about BERNINA. I am leaving no part of the background story out because I want to be transparent about my sewing machine experience. As a sewing blogger and quilting enthusiast, it’s important to me that you know my opinions come from a place of sincerity.
Back to the timeline – in early 2017 I was contacted by BERNINA with a simple question, “Would you be interested in trying out a BERNINA sewing machine?” By nature I’m very loyal, so my knee jerk reaction was to say, “No way. Janome for life.”
I had been sewing on a Janome for 15 years. I wasn’t going to convert sewing machine religions without many reasons and lots of time on a BERNINA machine.
And that’s what they gave me – time on a BERNINA 770 Quilters Edition. I live an hour away from BERNINA USA headquarters, so the following Saturday afternoon I drove to the BERNINA Creative Center and had my first sewing machine lesson. After a couple hours of fiddling around with the various attachments, stitches and feet, I packed up the machine and went home – still feeling suspicious of this sewing stranger in my trunk.
Guys, I’m going to be honest. My first week with the machine wasn’t pretty. I wanted this machine to act like my old machine. I didn’t understand the front-loading bobbin and the self-winding bobbin feature scared me. The machine speed was soooo much faster than I was used to! I thought I was going to start a fire in my little apartment!
Once I changed my mindset, and opened myself up to using the machine as it’s supposed to be used, my thinking completely changed. And oh my how I fell in love! I realized that with the dual feed, I could actually sew that fast AND have consistent, even stitches. I also realized that because of the jumbo bobbin size, I could sew for hours without having to replace my bobbin at all!
And let me just tell you about the foot hover. I’m obsessed with my foot hovering. When the machine is set in the needle-down position, every time you pause sewing, your foot automatically lifts slightly and hovers over the fabric. Do you know what that means?? It means that when I’m pivoting I never have to use my hands to lift up the foot. I can just stop sewing, foot hovers, I pivot, and then BAM! Back to sewing! You can even adjust the height of the hover based on how thick your sewing project is.
I could keep listing off all of the amazing features, but I want to continue on with the story before this gets overwhelmingly long and you stop reading.
Just Call Me Swiss Miss Suzy
After weeks of honeymooning with my BERNINA, I got another call from BERNINA HQ. Now that I was a Big Time BERNINA Believer, they had a second question for me, "Would you be a part of a campaign for a new sewing machine made specifically for quilters? Oh, and by the way, we would fly you to Switzerland to film the campaign video."
Yes! A few months later a suitcase full of quilts traveled with me to Steckborn, Switzerland – home to BERNINA International Headquarters.
I was nervous and sweaty and bumbled through a lot of the filming, but you know the best thing about the Swiss? They are the kindest people you’ll ever meet and their love language is chocolate. So even if you are a sweaty American, they will still hug you and tell you sweet things about your hair while feeding you the best milk chocolate of your life!
This is what I look like with a tummy full of Swiss chocolate.
I also veeeery quickly became accustomed to getting my hair and makeup done every morning. Patrick became my safety blanket and when I was really struggling behind the camera, I'd call for him to reapply my lipgloss and brush my hair. LIKE A FREAKING DIVA.
Another thing I realized on this trip is that if given the opportunity, I would become a total and complete prima donna nightmare. It's inside me. There's no denying it. I'm waaaay too happy in this photo...
The filming crew was patient, funny and fabulously talented.
Also incredibly professional. Part of the crew decided to steal my cell phone and...
But enough behind the scenes. You need to see the end result! Check out what we made!
Short and Sweet BERNINA 570 QE Video
Long and Detailed BERNINA 570 QE Video
Read more about the amazing features of the BERNINA 570 QE here!
A Bit of Swiss Traveling
I want you to know that I know how annoying it is to look at someone else's vacation pictures. So, now that we're on the same page, here's a few vacation pictures!!
I flew into Zurich alone and was immediately whisked away to Steckborn for filming. After filming, however, I wanted to see some of the country before heading home to Chicago. It was my first time traveling internationally by myself and it took me a few hours to get my bearings...and confidence.
Midway into day one in Zurich, I called my husband and told him I was lost, confused and didn't know what to do with myself. Instead of letting me whine for 30 minutes, like I was all geared up to do, here's what he said, "You're a strong, smart woman. Go to a bank and get some francs. Do a Google search for the top 10 things to see, then pull up a map and go see them. You can do this and you don't need anybody's help."
And he was right! I just needed to believe it. Gosh I love him.
Which was almost completely empty except for me and this girl. Which was crazy because it was a huuuge and fantastic museum! I probably could have streaked screaming through the halls and only the camera footage would have seen it.
But guys, the dead girl in the museum was not the weirdest thing I saw in Zurich! All throughout the city you would see troops of armed guards walking around in camo with big guns strapped to their backs. This wasn't too surprising because I had just been to Paris and seen the same thing.
Here's where there was a VAST difference. The Swiss guards obviously had no intention of guarding. I saw a troop walking down a street eating ice cream cones. ALL OF THEM had machine guns AND ice cream cones. This guy was with his troop drinking beer. WITH A GUN.
And I'm pretty sure he saw me snap this photo. I had to melt into the crowd and make a run for it right after. I hope he never sees this blog post...
After walking alone, eating alone and stalking armed guards alone, I was so excited when my fellow BERNINA Babe, Andie, met up with me for a quick weekend getaway to St. Moritz. I quickly learned that not only is BERNINA a sewing machine company, it is also a train and a mountain. 😉 I saw both!
Below we are chilling on the Bernina Express.
This is what happens when you're the only ones not skiing and so you ride the gondola back down the mountain alone....
I'll save you from more travel photos so we can finally get to the...
FREE Liberty & Flowers Quilt Pattern
As part of the brand new BERNINA 5 Series celebration, I designed a FREE quilt pattern just for you! Click here for the instant to download! You can find the fabulous floral fabric that inspired this quilt here!