Why I Bought the BERNINA Q20!

 

 

BERNINA Q20, Lori Kennedy Sewing Room

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!

BERNINA Q20, Lori Kennedy Sewing Room

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.)

The table is a generous 36 x 45 inches and it easily expands to 36 x 77 for larger quilts–Yet way smaller than the frame of a long arm machine.  
BERNINA Q20, Lori Kennedy Sewing Room

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!

BERNINA Q20, Lori Kennedy Sewing Room

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!

HONEYMOON

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,

#FreezingColdMinnesotaWhoCares?

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

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How to Quilt a Guitar Motif

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today’s tutorial, How to Quilt a Guitar Motif, is one YOU requested. I am working on creating continuous line designs for motif requests from readers.  Please let me know if there is a motif YOU would like to see.  No promises, but I will try.

Today we are stitching a Guitar. In this pattern, we are striving for a hand-drawn look.  If your motifs aren’t perfect–(mine are not either!)–don’t worry!

If you stitch the essence of a guitar, everyone will read it as a guitar!

Let’s get strumming…

THE GUITAR MOTIF–A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a bean shape.
Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Near the center, stitch a clockwise circle.Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

 

Stitch around the “sound hole” twice, ending on the right side of the guitar.Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Close the base of the guitar and closely echo stitch the left side, stopping below the level of the sound hole.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a horizontal line and echo stitch back-to create the bridge of the guitar.  Then stitch a long vertical line with a rectangle on top.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy  

To create the strings, stitch several closely spaced lines from the head of the guitar (the rectangle) to the bridge.

Stop several stitches above the body of the guitar.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the body of the guitar.  Stitch a wide margin on one side to give the guitar dimension…and a narrow echo stitch on the other.  Closely echo stitch the neck and head of the guitar.
Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

To use the motif as a fill, echo stitch to any place along the guitar to begin another instrument.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

This motif is not a “quick and easy” motif-however, with a little doodling it is a great way to add personality to your quilt. A little goes a long way. You don’t need to fill an entire quilt with a guitar motif.  Use this motif to fill a central square or a corner block where it will get the most visibility.

What about YOU?

Are YOU musical?

Do YOU play the guitar or any other instrument?

Do YOU have a motif you would like to learn?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Tomorrow–BIG CHANGES in my Sewing Studio!!!

May YOUR stitches be musical,

Lori Yamaha

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

 

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Yes! You Can Machine Quilt on a Treadle Sewing Machine!

Good Morning, Quilters!

What is the BEST machine for free motion quilting?  My friend, Christa Watson has a few pointers —Six Features You’ll Want for FMQ at The Craftsy Blog...

But really…features like automatic needle down and feed dogs that lower are only “nice-to-haves”.

I always say, the BEST machine for free motion quilting, is the one YOU are using right now, because you are the most comfortable with all of the sounds and idiosyncracies of that machine. Vintage Sewing Machine

TREADLE QUILT ARTISTRY

I recently discovered an amazing quilter, Jamala,  from the Czech Republic who uses a treadle sewing machine for free motion quilting.  I saw her quilts on Instagram and asked her to look at the tutorials from The Inbox Jaunt.  Within a few days, she created several quilts using The Square Flower and other motifs using her treadle sewing machine!

See the quilts HERE

Watch her quilting on a treadle machine here

(I like the second video best…)


Jamala, Treadle QuiltingPhoto via Jamala

While you are there, be sure to say “Nazdar! (hello).    I know she will love to hear from all of us.

BTW–There is a “translate” option on the right sidebar–The translation is rather choppy, but the photos speak for themselves!

DON’T WAIT!

So…if you’ve been waiting to learn free motion quilting until you get that fabulous machine with all the bells and whistles…

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Happy Quilting!

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PS…All tutorials, images (unless specified) and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

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