Fiber Art Tool Talk: The Bernina 7 Series

Recently a coworker and I were talking about fiber art tools. (Yes, we do that.) I had just tried out a new gadget and likened it to using a hand mixer rather than a heavy-duty stand mixer. Both have their uses, but if you want high-end performance, the more powerful tool will get you where you need to go.

A bigger bobbin means you
don't have to stop and
reload as often.

Sewing machines are like that. I learned to sew on my grandmother's treadle machine and I know people who still use one. It's slow, but it will get the job done. I'd call a treadle machine the wooden spoon of sewing.

For many years, I had a hand mixer style sewing machine. The electric machine was perfect for stitching up basic Halloween costumes and simple home dec projects. It chugged along noisily and balked at any kind of creative stitchery. I spent more time rethreading the needle and fixing the bobbin than stitching. Lots of wasted time!

When that machine gasped its last, I was fortunate to get a hand-me-down machine from a friend. This machine has more power and more stitches, and I'm very grateful for it. But, I long for the day when I can move up to the deluxe stand mixer type of machine.

BERNINA 7 Series

Something like the BERNINA 7 Series 9 Hook would do the trick. According to the folks at BERNINA, the 7 Series machines allow you to sew longer and faster with fewer interruptions. The B 9 Hook (patent pending) features a novel, centrally placed driver that allows it to run steady and quiet.

The B 9 Hook also sews high-precision stitches up to 9 mm in width with speeds up to 1,000 stitches a minute. And the bobbin has 80 percent more thread capacity than BERNINA's standard bobbins.

Keeping with the baking metaphor, I'd say the BERNINA 7 Series takes the cake.

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