In this post I want to talk a little about the walking foot and then I wanted to update everyone on my feelings and experience with my Bernina 330.
Lately, I have been using my walking foot for pretty much every project. So I thought I would talk about it a little bit. Before going into the details I do want to mention that it’s not a standard foot that comes with the machine and it’s probably one of the most expensive feet for your machine but it’s definitely worth the money and I haven’t even quilted anything yet!
For those of you that don’t know what a walking foot is, it is a foot that allows both the top and bottom of the fabric to feed together. The actual foot part has two pieces that go up and down with the needle which allows the fabric to easily move. It’s really helpful if you are sewing multiple layers because then the fabric doesn’t shift like it does with a standard foot.
My walking foot came with three plates, one of which is pictured above. It is an edge plate which I tend to use all of the time when I am stitching along the edge. I just move my needle over and keep the edge of the fabric even with the center piece.
Now on to the Bernina 330…I still LOVE my machine! You can see my original post about it here. There really aren’t enough good things I can say about it. First of all, look at it…it’s sexy, sleek, modern…I am definitely not embarrassed to show it off.
It has plenty of stitch options…I have only probably used a handful of them anyway.
The screen shows me which stitch number I am using, where my needle is positioned, whether my needle is going to stop up or down, whether I turned on the feature that ends the stitch at the end of a pattern (not shown right now because the feature was off at the time of the picture), the width of the stitch, and which foot is the recommended foot for the stitch that I chose.
The LED light is bright and allows me to easily see what I am doing. The reverse stitch button is in a convenient place which allows me to still be able to control my project while locking in a stitch. The needle threader is really helpful, but I will be honest that it does take a few tries sometimes and takes some getting used to.
It has excellent stitch quality and rarely skips a stitch. It pulls the fabric through very straight so I don’t feel like I am fighting with the machine to get a straight stitch. It has had no problem sewing through thick layers.
Really, the only issue I have had is that the bobbin case has fallen out a few times. But before you get scared away, I am about 99% sure it was my fault. After oiling the bobbin case, you have to shut the holder, well, it doesn’t really make a clicking sound and I don’t think that I was getting it closed all of the way.
I now know that I have to be extra careful and haven’t had it fall out in months. Actually, I pulled out the latch a tad so that it has more room for the latch to actually attach. So either my experience with it has helped or this slight adjustment did the trick.
To sum it up, I would still recommend this machine to anyone that needs a sewing machine. If you don’t need anything extra this is the machine for you. I wouldn’t get sucked into all of the extra stitches and embroidery and this and that. I feel that if one machine does too much it’s going to do an ok job at everything, whereas if you have a machine that is more geared toward just one thing it’s going to do a great job at that one thing.
If you have any specific questions just let me know and I would be more than happy to help you out!
I have no affiliation and am not receiving any sort of compensation by Bernina or any one else for this post. All opinions are written solely by me to help out others interested in getting a new sewing machine.