Bernina 640, Day 1

January 17, 2011

I unpacked my new Bernina 640 today.  I’m doing a quilt project for Quilters Newsletter and it needs to go in the mail tomorrow.  The quilting needed to be done so as soon as I had the machine plugged in I threw on the free-motion foot and dove in.  There’s so much to learn about this machine, but so far I love how smooth it is — my quilting is already improved.

And here’s a really cool thing: I was quilting along, then realized I had forgotten to drop the feed dogs.  What seemed strange is that I hadn’t felt them running — I had been easily moving the fabric.  When I lifted up the quilt to take a look at the feed dogs underneath, they were down. Apparently, the machine recognizes the free-motion quilting foot when you put it on and automatically drops the feed dogs!  How cool is THAT?!

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3 Responses to “Bernina 640, Day 1”

  1. Teri Says:

    Hope you’re still enjoying your machine. How are you doing with the BSR?

  2. Holly Watson Says:

    It’s now the end of June, just read your blog updates. How’s the free motion quilting coming along? I started leaving my feed dogs up when free motion quilting, it just lifts the fabric up a little. With stitch length 0 and width 0 it doesn’t move it any direction. I’ve read that Leah Day is doing the same, and have also read it in someone else book, not sure where.


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