Good Morning, Quilters!
A few months ago, I splurged on a BERNINA Q20 sewing machine!!!
For years I have debated whether or not I wanted a long arm sewing machine. On one hand, I do a lot of quilting and it is really challenging to wrestle a quilt in the harp space of a domestic sewing machine. On the other hand, long arm machines take up a lot of space and are an investment. Furthermore, I like to quilt at the end of the day when my feet are tired. I want to sit, relax and quilt-and I think most long arm quilters stand while they quilt. (Okay…don’t even say it…I know I have a lazy streak!)
Then I had an opportunity to try BERNINA’s Q20 sit down long arm quilt machine–and it was LOVE at first stitch!
FOUR MAIN REASONS I CHOSE THE BERNINA Q20
Sit-Down. Large Throat Space. Reasonable Price. Compact Size.
The BERNINA Q20 is a sit-down long arm sewing machine with a 20 inch throat space.
The Q20 is a fraction of the price of a long arm machine on rails. (Especially when you consider the beautiful Koala table is included.)
MORE TO LOVE
As you know, I am a BERNINA girl. I have been sewing on BERNINAs for more than 30 years. I have confidence in the brand and in their workmanship. BERNINAs create gorgeous stitches and this machine is no exception. Adjusting the tension is a breeze.
Because the Q20 only does one thing…(no embroidery, etc.) is does it very well. The screen and button layout is intuitive and easy. It has a built in stitch regulator…(I have never used a BSR–so I don’t know if I will use the built-in version) and the bobbin is HUGE!!!
I love that I can use the BERNINA feet from my B770!
And, if I ever change my mind: The Q20 can be set up for use on a frame!
THE DOWNSIDE to the BERNINA Q20 Sit Down
This machine is not on a frame. I still have to baste my quilts like before and move the quilt under the needle. (Though I can still change my mind and put this machine on a frame.)
I miss the automatic bobbin thread cutter feature available on my B770QE. I’m sure there was a mechanical reason the engineers left this out–but I do miss it!
I’m definitely in the honeymoon phase…getting to know the ins and outs of the BERNINA Q20. I have to learn how to use the programmable foot pedal and the various BSR modes, but I am delighted so far!
What about YOU?
Do YOU have a new love in YOUR sewing room?
Have YOU ever considered a long arm sewing machine?
Did YOU decide to BUY or WAIT?
We’d LOVE to hear!
I’m off on my honeymoon,
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