You Need a Sewing Machine!
I currently have two Brother sewing machines. I have a fancy Brother Quattro that I love, love, love for machine embroidery. But my go-to machine is my little Brother NX450Q. This little machine is one tough cookie and perfect for taking to class.
First, my disclaimer: I know there are diehard Bernina fans out there, and I don’t mean to offend anyone. This is my opinion and my experience. When I was deciding on a machine I found it very helpful to hear other peoples' experiences.
I had heard so much about Berninas, I really felt like I needed one, but could only afford a less expensive model. So I bought a Bernina 350PE which I had for 5 months and then traded it for a Bernina 530 to get a few more features. I had the 530 for a year.
My plan was to use the small Bernina for classes and such and keep the giant Quattro at home for embroidery and fancy sewing. After sewing on both for a while, I realized I really missed not having the auto threader and the thread cutter on the Bernina. I started researching and found I couldn’t justify the price of a Bernina that included those features; especially since I already had a top-of-the-line Brother.
For about one quarter of the price, I got a Brother NX450Q with the features I wanted.
Things I love about the Brother 450Q
This is a great beginner machine!
I did have the 2 machines side by side to test them out for a while. The Bernina 530 weighs 23 pounds and sews at 900 stitches/minute (the Brother sews at 850/minute). I wasn’t unhappy with it; I just wanted specific features that I could afford with the Brother 450Q.
The Bernina 530 went to a new home with a happy fellow quilter and I bought a Babylock Serger; which I had been wanting and was the only item missing from my sewing machine lineup! I love the serger and plan to post some serger tutorials in the future – it is the coolest thing! By the way, I didn’t mention all of my machines; but that’s for another time (or maybe not) ;)
Feel free to e-mail me with any sewing machine questions you may have. In the end, I think it really depends on what features you want and your priorities.
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!