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The Bernina Newbie: No machine can do that. Right?

August 01, 2015

Hi there, Pinecones! It’s Keely, The Bernina Newbie here!

 

I’ve just had a MOMENT with my new Bernina 380, and I had to share! 

 

I was working on a dance backpack for my daughter (because the tap shoes have to GO somewhere or they’ll be tip tappity tapping at 6am every morning), and I was lucky enough to pattern test a little bag from Gingercake Patterns before its release. It’s absolutely perfect, and as I was stitching it up, I realized I had a bit of a pickle…

 

I was sewing the leather bottom (that I had quilted!) to the back over the straps and topstitch it. That meant that Bernina had to go over:

2 layers of leather (good leather – suede, but pretty thick and suitable for a backpack bottom)

2 layers of quilt batting

8 layers of quilting cotton

2 layers of fusible interfacing. 

 

6 of the cotton layers and the 2 layers of interfacing were also only the spots where the straps were – so not only do I need an even stitch over all of that, it was going to change in two places from A LOT of fabric and leather and batting to HOLY COW WHY SO MUCH fabric and batting. Without skipping, stopping, becoming uneven, or having a conniption fit and throwing in the towel. 

 

AND. I use leather a lot, but I hadn’t yet chosen which specialty foot I wanted to try first for my leather work (Bernina has SO MANY choices!), so I just had my standard foot and a prayer. 

 

I have to warn you – with little kids in the house, my sewing time is the middle of the night. I do NOT have the patience to deal with a machine tantrum at 1am. I just don’t.

 

So, ready for your mind to be blown as much as mine was? Check out the video and see how my Bernina 380 handled it all! 

 

 

 

(Pssst…here’s the finished backpack!)

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Want to come back to this video? Pin the image below to your Pinterest boards and always know right where it is!

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