And if I could I’d have this Beauty. . .
I would. I want the space from needle center to the inside of the harp, the larger bobbin, the automatic feed dog drop and the BSR (not that I particularly need one, this is solely about want).
For now though I’m content with this Beauty! My Bernina 1080, which I’ve bonded with but she still has no name.
I’ve written about her before here . We’ve quilted well over the years and truth be told if I ever get the 820 I’ll keep the 1080 for piecing and smaller projects. I love listening to how she sounds and finding that good medium speed for freemotion machine quilting.
I also love teaching Beginner Freemotion Machine Quilting on a domestic. I love watching the students relax into the process, start breathing and just quilting. Just a reminder that Machine Quilters Expo begins Wednesday April 11th and I’m teaching 3 classes and will be in the Bernina Booth one day but I digress.
Every once in a while I look at the search terms that have led inquiring quilters to my blog. Several terms have been used quite frequently, “Bernina”, “Bernina 1080”, “freemotion quilting on a Bernina” and the one that prompted this blog post “is a Bernina 1080 worth buying”. And I’m going to answer here and with why.
I purchased my Bernina 1080 in 1995, so we’ve been stitching together for a very long time. She’s been to the spa (tech for cleaning) almost yearly since I got her. I’ve been a bit more vigilant since working at a Bernina dealership that’s for sure in part because my boss asks me.
So why do I like Berninas in general and more specifically the 1080?
1) this is a workhorse of a machine. I can quilt through quilt top, 2 layers of batting and quilt back with no problem. When the sales girl showed me that this machine could stitch through 8 layers of leather I think that’s when I was sold. I did wait about 2 1/2 years once between spa treatments (tuneup & cleaning) and she still ran well.
2) the multi-step foot pedal allows me to reach a good medium speed on the machine while quilting and stay there without fiddling about while stitching. With the heel of the foot pedal I can tap it once and drop the needle into what ever I’m working on; tap it again and the needle comes up. This makes bringing the bobbin thread up so I can stitch then bury the thread is so much easier.
3) It’s heavy. I know that no matter if I’m going very slow or full tilt this machine is Not going anywhere. No machine creep here.
4) Changing the needle and presser feet is very easy. (Did you know that over-tightening the needle can cause “tension” problems?)
5) Dropping the feed dogs is simple, even on the newer machines. On the 820 & 830 once the BSR is plugged in the feed dogs drop out of the way. PS There are quilters who like to leave the feed dogs up, I’ve stitched both ways. If you like to leave the dogs up, go ahead.
6) There are feet for every purpose! No, I don’t have them all however I have what I need and that includes the patchwork (quarter inch) and free hand quilting (embroidery) foot.
If you happen to want to purchase a Bernina 1080 I’d say go for it as long as it’s in good condition and has recently been to the spa for a tuneup and cleaning.
The quilt I’m showing here is “Serendipity the 3rd Time Around” The silk is lime green/chartreuse and the thread is all Superior, mostly silk, some polyester and some cotton.
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