Bernina 440 LOVE!

Okay, I’m officially in LOVE with this machine, from top to bottom and side to side. Oh, BTW, I just want to point out that I did NOT buy a sewing machine, no. This is a “sewing computer!” Really, it says so in the manual. Nowhere does is say “sewing machine” when referring to this “thing,” and since it has a USB port and something that looks suspiciously like a PS2 port, it’s obviously not just stuck on itself or being snobby. Maybe that’s why we already get along so well, since I’m admittedly somewhat of a confirmed techie girl. Anyway, to continue…

Bird designI’m officially in LOVE with this sewing computer. Right now, as I type this on my laptop computer, the machine sits here stitching away on a nice little bird embroidery design, and it’s the laptop computer that’s controlling the stitching. This embroidery unit that goes with the Bernina 440 works hand in hand with the Bernina Embroidery Software EditorLite on the laptop. I opened the embroidery file (which I just purchased online this morning!), changed the thread colors in the design to match what I had on hand here and wanted to use, and told the software to write to the sewing computer. Another program called the PC to EC (Personal Computer to Embroidery Computer) opens up automatically, and makes the link to the embroidery unit which is hooked to the Bernina 440.

At this point, you can move the design in the hoop, zoom in or out, change hoops, look at the threads you’ve selected to use, or start the embroidery. The program tells you everything you need to know about the process, like how long it will take to stitch out, how long each color takes to stitch, how many stitches overall and for each color, etc. It’s just plain idiot proof. If there is a problem with the sewing computer or the cable connections, it tells you about it and how to fix it. I wonder if it can arrange for take out for dinner, so that I can keep sewing???

Bird designWhen the computer is stitching, it will tell you the color it’s on, and how many stitches it’s done and how many left to do. The thread on the cones in the pictures goes down as it’s used on the sewing computer, and it says how many minutes are left to go for that color. How cool is that? Right now, it’s telling me (on the task bar on the laptop) that it has two more minutes of stitching to go on this green frame that it’s doing in this picture. The cross hair that’s on the hoop on the screen moves around as the needle does and shows the exact stitching location right then.

The EditorLite software will do other amazing things, like resizing, adding text, and I don’t even know what else yet. More than I’ll ever need to do, probably, though I can upgrade the software so that I could digitize my own designs if I ever wanted to. Oh please, there must be millions of designs out there on the internet, so I can imagine I’ll have enough designs to keep me busy for a decade or two without digitizing! As it is, every time I use the software I find some new cool thing, and say “Woah! This is sooo slick!”

Bird designHere’s the finished product. I’ve decided that the hardest part of the whole thing is figuring out what colors to use for the design. Obviously, a test stitch out of everything you want to do is a necessary evil. You may already be aware that I really HATE testing anything. I just want to do it and move on. However, I’d also hate to have to take all those 30,000 stitches out if it didn’t go well, so the test stitch out of the design is probably the lesser of the two evils. I’m adding these birds to the setting squares of a show quilt that I’m working on right now, so they do kind of have to be perfect! So, now I need more “stuff:” different hoops, more threads, other kinds of stabilizers, etc., etc., etc. Time to go shopping!

4 thoughts on “Bernina 440 LOVE!

  1. I’ve been a Bernin-nut for 4 years now. I owned one of the gold standard machines (the 1130; the 1230 and 1260 are also still coveted by quilters and heirloom sewers) for a couple of years and then moved up to a 170. Had my heart set on a 440 for a long time, but am thinking of a 630 now. There is absolutely nothing like a Bernina. Welcome to the fan club. And keep posting these love letters so folks like me will know what we’re missing.

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  2. Hi Jane Ann!
    Ah! So there is a descriptive term for people like me who find themselve unexpectedly addicted: Bernin-nut! I thought there had to be, I just didn’t know what it was. I’m busy stitching right now on another design, and it’s just so easy, and the quality is really superior. I’m sure there are more Bernina love letters in my future!

    So what does the 630 have that the 440 doesn’t do for you, Jane Ann? I’m curious…

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I got a 440QEE two weeks ago thanks to my mother-in-law. My local Bernina store is closing May 12 and I will take the machine classes before they leave from here in Pasadena, CA to Phoenix, AZ. I will miss their store.

    I love the 440 too. I have a 1090 from 1993 which I still love. There is nothing wrong with it. I gave it to my daughter.

    I think the table will be stronger than the 1090 metal table because of the construction with the honeycomb and the way it attaches. I have had to repair my old metal table twice which isn’t too bad considering all the sewing.

    Kelly
    Temple City, CA

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  4. Hi Kelly,

    Isn’t it great that these machines last forever?? Of course, that means that justifying an upgrade is sometimes sticky!

    How old is your daughter? My girls are 10 and 15, and are sewing and quilting a little here and there. I, too, kept my older Pfaff 1475 to give to one of my girls, and then I purchased a Pfaff 7550 used two years ago for my other daughter. Those older machines are really workhorses!

    On the table, I think you’re right about the honeycomb bit, but I was thinking about the area where it attaches to the machine on the far right. It looks kind of thin and weak there, and it makes creaky plasticky noises when you press on it when sewing or quilting. I do know what you mean about the older metal tables though; the store where I teach has some older Berninas (maybe the 1080 model?) and some of those tables are always broken.

    Enjoy your classes! I’ll bet they’re wonderful! I’m not doing them here; I’m not even sure they’re offered, but if they are, they’d be in German anyway!!

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