It wasn't at all crowded today, which made it pleasant to look at quilts and the booths. But it was so cold in that building. It was hot inside there yesterday, so I almost didn't wear a sweater. I'm glad I grabbed one as I was walking out the door.
Yesterday afternoon while I was stretched out unkinking my back, I started pondering whether I wanted to go back and look at the Berninas today. I finally decided why not. So I went straight there first thing.
I have a Bernina 440 at home and a small Bernina 135 that I haul around to sewing groups. I've really enjoyed both of these machines. The 440 is about six years old, and the 135 is a little older than that; I bought it reconditioned. The thing that bothers me most about the 135 is no knee lift and it doesn't have the Bernina foot pedal that can raise and lower the needle. I love the 440 but I really fight trying to quilt something on it because of the small throat.
Bernina has some hunking big machines. I wasn't interested in the embroidery stuff. So I looked at the 750 QE. It has a newer version of the Bernina stitch regulator (BSR), new dual feed feature, an onscreen help section, the new bobbin hook, and other upgrades. The bobbin is larger and holds two or three times more thread. I played around with it for about an hour and then decided to just do it! There will be a learning curve and some things to get used to on it, but I think I will like it. And I'll now have a 10" throat instead of 7.5". It doesn't sound like much more, but, wow, it's a lot! It's on its way from Europe, so I have time to get a new insert for my Horn table.
Here's the link to the 750 QE. This picture shows the embroidery thing hooked up to it and I didn't get that.
There was such a mark-down at the show that I decided to also look at an upgrade to my smaller machine.
I know, I know! Don't say it!
Anyway, I played with all three in the 300 series, and decided on the 350 PE. There will be hardly any learning curve on this one. The one above it in the series had way more bells and whistles than I need for a haul-around machine. The 350 does have a knee lift, and although the foot pedal doesn't have the needle up/down feature, the pedal off of the 750 is interchangeable with it. So I can just take that one along with me if I feel the need, or order another one for this machine. Again, they gave me a great discount on this machine because I ordered it at the show. It's on back order, too, and should arrive at about the same time as the 750.
Here's the link to the 350 PE.
And while I was at the show, I went over to the Ezi Table booth and ordered an insert for the 350. Frankly, I'm surprised I remembered to do that!! I'm just too smart for my own good! ;)
Now, with that out of the way, I decided to go around the booths once more. Didn't want to leave anything at the show that I couldn't live without! I went to Primitive Gatherings' booth and it was pleasantly uncrowded. I picked up a couple of patterns for friends. That's it!
I leisurely strolled around the rest of the booths and I'm real happy that nothing else came home with me. But there was one more thing I was thinking about last night, so I headed over to the Bohin booth.
Bohin makes those wonderful needles that I use a for needle turn applique. I didn't need any needles, but I did pick up a needle threader. However, the main reason I wanted to go back over there was this:
These are Nogent scissors that I've been lusting over for quite a while. I've never seen them in person but had only heard about how wonderful they are. Yesterday I saw a small glass box with scissors in them and I wondered .........
Yes, they were Nogents. They had six pairs of them. Each one is made by hand and no two are exactly alike. They're stamped and numbered. They're made by an elderly French craftsman. The two gentlemen in the Bohin booth were both French, and he knew a little of the story but not all of it. I gave him my business card and he promised to send me more information.
When I got home, I Googled the Nogent scissors, and here's a link with a little bit of information about who makes them. They come with a handmade wooden case designed to fit each pair of scissors. I really can't believe I have a pair of these now. They're so beautiful, so sharp, and feel wonderful in my hand. Truly heirloom quality.
Sorry this is such a long post. I don't talk much about acquisitions -- well, except for fabric -- but I'm so pleased with my purchases today. These are my last sewing machine purchases ever, and the scissors ... well, what can I say.
You know, I often lament that there are not more quilt shows around here to attend, but I guess for me that's a good thing!!