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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!