My first stitches with my new Bernina 440QE have been made. The first thing I did when I unpacked the box was to figure out how to thread it and load the bobbin. I thought I was set so off I went. Something wasn't quite right and I managed to bend the needle and jam it.
I didn't take a picture of that.
I couldn't figure out how to get the needle out. I was just beyond myself at that point. And then I realized that Google was my friend. Google helped me figure it out and get going. As I needed to quilt my Go Green Shopper Bag I was working on, I went immediately to the BSR and hooked it up. I really like the BSR mode 1. So my first real sewing with my new machine was stippling with the BSR!
Next I had to sew on cotton belting for the bag handles. Even though I had several layers to sew through it was no problem with the patchwork foot. I was worried about this as I've never sewn through this many layers. No worries!
I trimmed everything up and this is where I'm at now. I have to sew the sides and bottom on which should be easy, it's one continuous piece. Then I'll have to cut and sew the binding on. I don't think I'll get that done before QuiltFest this weekend. I was going to use the bag to hold my quilting purchases before sending it on to my mom. With my schedule, I just don't think it is going to get done. One thing I hope to purchase is a good thimble. My fingers just can't handle sewing on binding without some protection. Any ideas on thimbles?I wanted to post an updated photo of the progress on my black lace shawl but it was too dark by the time I got home and had dinner. I've knit about 25,000 stitches on it and it's about 25 - 35% complete. Not a quick knit but fun!
I can't wait to get the thread for my next stitching project. Of course, I haven't finished my first project but I'm not that far from being finished. I'm almost afraid to go ahead and finish it off without something in the wings to start immediately. Once I get my stash built up a little bit, I shouldn't have that problem anymore! Won't that be fun?!