bernina + possible light pendant

RIP Necchi.  I killed you long before your time was up.  I'm sorry you that you will now reside on the top shelf of a closet collecting dust.

I'm gladly welcoming my new baby into my home.   She has quite out performed her older sister, but I expected that.   She's a Bernina 550QE,  and I haven't come up with a name for her yet.  An arm and a leg  maybe?  Second mortgage?  I've been so focused the last few weeks on researching machines and sewing that I haven't done much around the home concerning projects.  Well, I have made progress on the dresser and desk, which I just finished up the last coat of finish today.

I think it is only natural to want to put aside any home projects and decorating in order to play with a new machine that performs so beautifully.  I plan on giving a full review of the machine after I have sewn on it for a few months.  The stitch quality really is great.  I did not know what I was missing until I tested out newer machines.  Don't laugh, but my old machine didn't produce consistent stitches.  I just learned how to work around it and learned that constant picking at seams was part of the process.  Matt didn't truly feel my pain until two weeks ago when he sewed his tent.  He told me he was amazed at how much I did accomplish on the Necchi.  haha.  I just got use to it, but now I feel spoiled.

Matt requested a new laptop sleeve, so I started making him one.  I've got a ways to go.

I have to return some things to HomeGoods and I'm sitting on the fence about this weird bowl/decorative object.  I really like its form, and I think it could make a killer pendant.  But it was $40!!  aack!  I'm thinking a nice coat of spray paint or even a fun dip dye.  It's a shiny gold color, which I am not opposed to gold, but I think it may be the wrong color of gold.  It also has these tiny "bubbles" that I would might sand off.

So here it is upright the way that any normal person would display this large bowl.

And if you flip it upside down, it turns into a cool opportunity to make it extraordinary.

It's also the perfect size for the kitchen, but I am on the fence about it.  I'm thinking of returning it only to extend the return date on my receipt.  I still have the two green rugs that I bought ages ago and have already returned twice and bought again.   I just can't seem to part with them, yet I have no place for them.   Do you ever do this?  What would you do with this bowl?  Use it as bowl or do something creative with it?



  1. I have to say usually I like your taste, and maybe it is better in person, but I am really not found of that object. And if something that cost $40 would require so much modification I say return it. Im sure there will be some on clearance . Very soon. And just keep the rugs, use them in the kitchen, you know you want to! The great thing about rugs is you can get them out, and put them away. Winters coming you will need them. LOL. Sorry Im rambling, Im overtired from Open House. and my feet hurt. ok good night.

  2. Anonymous8/24/2012

    I don't like the bowl. I do like your machine though...

  3. dip dye it and keep it!!

  4. Congratulations on your new sewing machine! It can be stressful finding the right one and the right price. You are going to have so much fun with it and no more picking out seems!

    I can't help you with the bowl. I agree with the Colleen. If it cost $40 it better be perfect and require no modification and put your rugs in the kitchen!!

  5. Now that you've had your machine for a couple of years do you have any advice for me? My 15-year-old pfaff will cost $500 to fix and they aren't making some replacement parts for it so I'll probably replace it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Nanette. Thanks for asking. I would recommend not buying a Bernina. I will tell you that my Bernina sews really well ... when working properly.y machine has been in the shop numerous times, and I have a current problem that my dealer can't seem to resolve. In retrospect, I think I would have been just as happy with a less pricey machine. Honestly, as a new quilter, I'm beginning to think that Bernina was really great in the old days but is starting to slack nowadays. I feel that it's the name is the only reason people are buying. They do not have a contact number, which makes it difficult when problems arise. I made some friends after purchasing my machine who are not pleased with their new Berninas. I'm not trying to bash Bernina because it sews really well when working. but I am not satisfied 100% with a $4000 machine that gives me headaches.

  7. Thanks for the input. I have been sewing since I was a little girl, clothes and now quilts. I've had a Bernina (70's vintage), Viking (80's) and Pfaff (around 2000). My objection to Bernina is that their feet are so different from everyone else's, and so expensive. Choosing a new machine is such a time-consuming process. Thanks for the heads-up on your experience.


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