8 Reasons Why I Absolutely Love the BERNINA 880 Sterling Edition
(and think you should have one)
Reason #1 | Look how big this thing is! … I know, for some you may say it is way too big but I have to disagree. When it comes to sewing machines, bigger is definitely better (unless you’re needing something to take to classes but that is an issue for another post ). Otherwise size does matter! If you’ve ever tried to quilt something larger than a crib size, you know what I’m talking about. The more space you have to maneuver between the needle an the throat of the sewing machine the better. And that’s just on the quilting side. Like to have embroidered pillows but don’t want to go through the fuss of multi-hooping? We’re talking over 15″ x 10″ big! Why not marry the two and try quilting in the hoop? Oh yeah .. it can be done and done with ease.
Reason #2 | Did someone say Jumbo Bobbin? … Yep, not your average ordinary bobbin. Oh no .. not for this machine. We’re talking 80% more thread than a regular BERNINA bobbin. I know, I know .. you LOVE to stop often and wind new bobbins << said no one ever! Running out of bobbin thread is inevitable but at least you’re not having to do it nearly as often with the jumbo bobbins.
Reason #3 | BERNINA Dual-Feed … I love you, dual-feed! It’s like having a mini walking foot permanently attached to my machine. I pull you down, snap you into the back of my presser foot, and off we go .. evenly pulling my fabric to the back with such ease. Don’t get me wrong .. I LOVE my big walking foot .. but there’s no zipper sole or straight stitch sole for the walking foot and you won’t believe how handy it is to have those feet with a little bit of extra pull especially when working with thick projects.
Reason #4 | The Perks … You can definitely jump down a series and go with a BERNINA 790, 770, or 740 and still get the jumbo bobbin and dual-feed but you’d miss out on the little perks that you grow very accustomed to very quickly. I’m talking about a FULLY automatic needle threader. Thread the machine, push a button, and the machine threads the needle for you just like that. So easy! No more turning your handwheel to make sure your needle is in the far top position. No more looping it around the threader finger and hoping it goes through the eye of the needle. You push a button and that’s it .. done! Another perk I love .. the multi-spool holder. Three spools of thread right there where I need them. I know .. you can add the big BERNINA multi-spool holder to other models and hold more thread. This is true .. but unless I’m doing a complex embroidery .. 3 spools is awesome and I don’t need the extra accessory hanging out on the back of my machine.
Reason #5 | Shape Designer … Typically a feature you would find only in embroidery software, the shape designer lets you take any embroidery file and spin it, turn it, multiply it, and turn it into something new. Make your own wreaths to go around monograms. Create whole new designs without having to get up from your sewing machine. This is one of those features that just makes the machine fun. Even if I don’t feel like working on a project, I will still sit in front of the machine and just play. You never know what may inspire you to grab that jumbo hoop and get embroidering!
Reason #6 | Stitch Designer … You can get as creative as you want with this machine .. seriously! I can start with a blank slate or an existing stitch and design whatever stitch I want. Poof .. new stitch just like that. Why .. because I can. Maybe I like the existing stitches but just wish it was slightly different or longer or funkier .. I can change that .. all on my machine.
Reason #7 | The Bonuses … You can absolutely get all of these features mentioned above without going all in with the Sterling Edition but it comes loaded with bonuses that take the machine to a whole new level. Yes, you can buy them separately for other machines including the 580 but you have to buy them .. with the Sterling Edition they come standard. We’re talking PaintWorks, CrystalWorks, PunchWorks .. all the “works”. Again .. the sky is the limit for how creative you can get with this machine. We’ve had so much fun using the PaintWorks and CrystalWorks tools. You can paint on fabric with your machine! What?! How cool is that! I am a terrible artist but give me the PaintWorks tool and a design and I can paint beautifully on fabric.
Reason #8 | Because you deserve it … This is the reason that trips some up. They love the machine but don’t think they deserve it. It’s just too much machine. I haven’t been sewing that long. I’m too old. I’m too young. It’s too complicated (which it’s not). My husband would kill me for spending that much (but at the same time he won’t hesitate to buy that new boat, new gun, new rod). No this is not a cheap machine .. there, I said it .. but it’s not ridiculous either (especially they way we have it priced). This is the machine that blows wide open the doors on your sewing creativity. You can sew what you want, when you want, and not have to think twice about your machine. We have seasoned sewers with the 880, young moms who just learned to sew, working professionals who sew when they can, stay at home grandma’s who keep the kids during the week, young women, not as young women, the demographic is so varied when it comes to 880 owners which is awesome! This is not too much machine for you. You will love the perks, love the bonuses, and know that you have a dealer who is going to show you how to use the machine to its fullest. There are classes and starting later this year .. 880 only classes.
So why now? Why the push for the 880 Sterling Edition .. because I know you will love it! Oh … and we just so happen to have our 880SE at a steal of a price. You can absolutely buy one new or you can purchase our demo model that we’ve been showing off in the shop. Now before you go .. ewww .. I don’t want a used machine! Yes it’s been used but it’s been used by us .. which means it’s been used correctly and been well maintained. It’s been clean, oil, and serviced and it runs like a dream! And it just so happens to come with a FULL warranty the same as a brand new machine BUT at a reduced cost because it’s “used”. The only drawback .. we only have one demo model and once it’s sold, it’s gone. We won’t be getting another Sterling Edition for a floor model. Sad but true .. we will miss her beauty when she goes to her forever home.
You want it but you can’t plop down all that cash right now. No worries .. there’s financing and not just our every day 48-months variety either. We can do 48-months interest-free any day but need payments just a bit less than that and don’t mind a little bit of interest as long as it is just a little bit? How about 60 months or even 72 months at 3.99% .. y’all think about your standard credit card interest. We’re talking WAY less. To break it down .. let’s just say hypothetically the machine costs $13,000 .. I’m not saying it does but then again I can’t really say on here what it does … but let’s just go with $13,000. We’re talking payments around $200 even with the interest factored in. Doable and you can always pay it off early without penalty.
I’ve been sewing on an 880 at home since Christmas and y’all … I don’t know what I’d do without it. So much fun. So easy to use. So many perks! You deserve it .. you really do!
Come try it out and find out for yourself just how amazing (and easy to use) this machine really is. You will love it .. or at least that’s what everyone who has one says.