Why buy a Bernina long arm?
TEN FEATURES OF THE BERNINA Q24 LONGARM QUILTING MACHINE IN AN OVERVIEW
BERNINA Brand Ambassador John Kubiniec tested the BERNINA Q24 Longarm Quilting Machine and shares his favourite ten features.
There are many great features on this machine and I would like to share with you my top ten that make set it apart from all the others.
1. These machines use regular needles
This longarm uses conventional sewing machine needles that have a flat shank. No more need to determine if your needle is in straight—simply insert the needle, tighten it, thread the machine and off you go. This feature also helps to make an easy transition from a domestic machine to the longarm—no need to learn a new set of needle numbering. In addition something this longarm can do that others can’t—it can use double needles! Yes that’s right—just imagine all the fun you can have.
2. Uses BERNINA Feet
The longarm uses the same locking mechanism for feet that the domestic machines have. This means that any hopping foot you use for quilting on your domestic machine can be used on this machine. In addition a new 96 foot has been developed for ruler work.
3. Threads easily
The threading path on this machine makes threading a breeze. Threading and changing thread is so easy. And because it loves all kinds of thread, you naturally want to use all sorts of thread. The ease of threading makes it easy to switch back and forth. (Add an extra thread stand on top of the machine and keep all your favourites for a particular quilt right at your fingertips.) A horizontal side spool is also available.
4. Adjustable and programmable handles
The handles adjust up and down, in and out, and they twist and turn. It is easy to change handle position to improve ergonomics and also improve sight lines. In addition there are four programmable buttons so that you can customize the handles. Programmable functions include: needle up/down, foot up/down, speed up/slow down, on/off, and tie off.
For people that own BERNINA 8 Series and newer BERNINA 7 Series machines the interface (screen functions) will look very familiar—making this a very easy transition. Also included are helpful instructions and videos that answer many common questions about threading, maintenance, bobbin winding, etc.
6. Digital Tension
One amazing feature of this machine is the Digital Tension—from 0 to 10 in .25 increments. The default setting should be fine for most threads but you can easily adjust the top tension as needed on the screen.
7. Onboard bobbin winder
A bobbin winder is located conveniently at the front of the machine. Easily wind bobbins while you are right at the machine. It uses the larger M size bobbins giving you plenty of bobbin thread.
8. Sturdy Frame
The frame is and sturdy ensuring that the machine can move with ease and without any wobbles. The poles that hold the quilt backing and top are solid and won’t bow or bend and the pole that holds the quilt top easily lifts so that you can adjust the batting between the quilt layers. A great storage shelf is available as an addon as well. In addition there are great storage trays that hook onto the frame to store your various tools, and there will be a hydraulic lift available to make adjusting the height of the frame a breeze.