Unboxing the L 460, the start of a new BERNINA adventure

It's time for a new BERNINA adventure: with the BERNINA L 460!

Hi, my name is Irene. Perhaps you have discovered my articles on quilting here on the BERNINA blog. I have logged many miles quilting on my BERNINA 770 QE and Q 16 quilting machine.

Over the next few months, I'm embarking on something different, new, and I'm super excited about it – a new adventure with the BERNINA L 460!

BERNINA L 460

The BERNINA L 460 overlocker offers up to 1,500 stitches per minute and guarantees beautiful and flexible stitches. The BERNINA L 460 is the perfect serger/overlocker for the creative knitwear seamstress.

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A serger, do you really need one?

Since the birth of my son five years ago, I have occasionally sewn children's clothes: pants for babies, a t-shirt, a dress for our daughter. I find such projects incredibly enjoyable. I used to sew the knit seams with a stretch stitch on my BERNINA 770 QE. It worked well and I often asked myself, “Do you really need a serger?” That was until I was able to borrow the serger from my friends.

Experienced clothing designers might laugh, but WOW, what a difference such a machine makes compared to a regular sewing machine! A serger sews with its two needles and four threads so quickly that the stretch stitch of the B 770 QE cannot compete.

Occasionally creating a small project on the B 770 QE was a good thing. But now that I'm sewing clothes more often and wanting to work on projects for myself, a serger is really fantastic.

Welcome to the L460 studio!

A little adjustment

Besides the speed of sewing, a serger also cuts excess fabric, something I'm not used to as a quilter. When quilting, you carefully measure a 1/4″ seam allowance around all pieces, and you have almost no excess fabric in your seams after sewing.

This is a completely different approach. It’s obvious that I have a lot to learn and practice when it comes to sewing clothes. Fortunately, I find learning new things and exploring them very exciting. I can't wait to get to know this machine better and create beautiful projects with it.

Ruffles and a rolled hem, such a charming detail!

To learn new things

You can learn new things on your own. With YouTube videos and blog posts, you can go a long way. There is so much information available online! But attending a workshop or taking classes has its own charm. Besides being great fun, you receive direct feedback on how well you do something and get help with any problems you have.

I have already participated in a serger workshop with my new L 460 at Modevak Ester Costa School. Such a workshop is suitable for any type of overlocker. You get to know your machine, you practice many different stitches and if you take good notes you will have a handy reference to take home.

Practice with samples with different overlocker settings. Incredibly educational to experience your new machine this way.

And recently, I started taking sewing classes with a friend every few weeks. It's all about having a good time, but it's also an opportunity to work on a project at a relaxed pace and ask any questions I have. I highly recommend checking to see if there are any sewing classes or groups in your area. Many BERNINA dealers also offer regular workshops.

Plans with the L 460

For now, I'd like to create a few projects to get to know my new machine better and get used to the process of sewing clothes on a serger. I have some shirts to make for little Ella, with ruffles and rolled hems. I'm also working on a knit dress for myself.

I'm really looking forward to learning more about pattern adjustments to make clothes fit even better. I already have a cute sweater in mind that I would like to recreate.

So I have lots of projects to look forward to. I take you on my overlocking adventures here on the blog. A new adventure with the BERNINA L 460 – I can’t wait!

See you soon!
Irene

PS Watch the unboxing video here where I unboxed the box, did the first tests and tried some machine settings to get a super cool stitch!


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