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    Bernina 440QE BSR Machine Quilting - Help I'm new!

    I'm just starting practicing with my BSR and sometime the stitches are longer than others. I thought the BSR was supposed to regulate the length of the stitch? Unless I misunderstood the sales pitch you could vary the speed (which I'm doing because I'm learning) and the machine would regulate the stitch length. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    The BSR helps to regulate your stitches but it is not foolproof. It prevents me from getting the micro stitches which was my main problem. Are you using BSR #1 or #2 ? I can't get the hang of sewing without a foot pedal. I believe the machine has about a 3 second delay before it starts to sew which can result in a larger beginning stitch. On a whole, my stitches are pretty regular.
    Is the red light on when you begin to sew? If the red light is not on, then the BSR is not working. Does your dealer offer free lessons? I still go to my Bernina club once a month to learn new things.

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    I spent ages practising my FMQ with bernina to begin with some stitches are larger and you sometimes get eyelashes on curves. I can now adays just go and am always pleased. It seems to be that once you latch on to how you have no problems any where.
    Just keep trying it does work very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The BSR helps to regulate your stitches but it is not foolproof. It prevents me from getting the micro stitches which was my main problem. Are you using BSR #1 or #2 ? I can't get the hang of sewing without a foot pedal. I believe the machine has about a 3 second delay before it starts to sew which can result in a larger beginning stitch. On a whole, my stitches are pretty regular.
    Is the red light on when you begin to sew? If the red light is not on, then the BSR is not working. Does your dealer offer free lessons? I still go to my Bernina club once a month to learn new things.
    This happens with both BSR 1 and 2. I've noticed that there seems to be a delay. Didn't know if it was the machine or me. Red light is on. I'm asking my dealer they haven't gotten back yet. I think it is only included as a 10 min part of the total machine class. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    I spent ages practising my FMQ with bernina to begin with some stitches are larger and you sometimes get eyelashes on curves. I can now adays just go and am always pleased. It seems to be that once you latch on to how you have no problems any where.
    Just keep trying it does work very well.
    "ages" that helps me. I know I just need more time. Thanks. I'm impatient!

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    There is a learning curve for the BSR. At first I didn't like it at all but once I learned to control it (myself) and realized I had to pay attention to every movement of my hands (LOL), it worked great. Keep at it.....you'll learn to love it!
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    sometimes your BSR foot will need to be adjusted - if it appears that it is skipping stitches or the stitches are very far apart you may want to have your dealer take a look and adjust it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Podunk Princess View Post
    There is a learning curve for the BSR. At first I didn't like it at all but once I learned to control it (myself) and realized I had to pay attention to every movement of my hands (LOL), it worked great. Keep at it.....you'll learn to love it!
    Just have to tell you. I just tried it, 5 years after taking the "class" and I took the thing off put it back in the box and said to myself, live and learn. If it's too good to be true, it probably is! I've gotten lots of encouragement so I'm back at it. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsyquilter View Post
    sometimes your BSR foot will need to be adjusted - if it appears that it is skipping stitches or the stitches are very far apart you may want to have your dealer take a look and adjust it.
    I don't know if a long stitch is actually caused by skipping a stitch but my feeling is that the stitches are far apart. Any way of knowing if it has to go into the shop? They just looked it all over a month or so ago, but, I didn't know enough to bring my BSR with the machine. They didn't ask either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reb View Post
    I don't know if a long stitch is actually caused by skipping a stitch but my feeling is that the stitches are far apart. Any way of knowing if it has to go into the shop? They just looked it all over a month or so ago, but, I didn't know enough to bring my BSR with the machine. They didn't ask either.
    As you are new to the technique I would say you are moving the fabric to fast to slow. I do find it is better to go faster than slow.
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    If you hold down the 1 or 2 when selecting your BSR mode it will turn on the warning beep that lets you know when you're moving the quilt too quickly for it to keep up. I found out that I had to slow down a bit!

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    Slow down, practice and then practice some more.

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    I also have the Bernina 440 with BSR, and I can say it works best when I move the quilt at a steady speed. Like Goldilocks: not too slow, not too fast! Charity quilts make good practice pieces.

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