One question I’m frequently asked is what machine do I use for quilting. Often “long arm” preceeds machine. I use a Bernina 1080 that I purchased brand new in 1995 shortly after moving here to New York. I’ve quilted quilts as large as an over sized queen and will be quilting a slighly oversized King later this summer. When I started machine quilting I focused on smaller pieces until I started understanding what works and what doesn’t, at least for me.
Then one morning I watched Paula Reid on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson. Paula uses her Bernina to quilt rather large quilts…she fluffs and stuffs. I considered purchasing her DVD however, after watching the show I had the basic concept so just went to quilting the larger quilts I love to make so much. Thanks Paula!
I would very much like the new 830…or at least the 820 however, I know how my machine sounds and feels and works and I’m quite happy with the results. I’ve hesitated getting a new machine for a long time partly due to the bells and whistles . . .not quite sure I’m needing them wanting sure, needing no.
I would also have a difficult time giving up my 1080’s. I have two of them. I’d give up the antique & vintage Singers before giving up the 1080’s.