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!)
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
Sign up for our weekly email!
Do you love quilting, sewing, and all things Bernina? Join us! Hear about all the goodies first - sales, specials, news, and events!