A big hello to all fellow Bernina Lovers! My name is Rhonda Noy, aka ‘The Sewing Gypsy’ and this is my very first post for the Bernina Blog. I am blessed to have been asked to be a Bernina Ambassador whilst I travel around Australia with my ‘Fish Whisperer’ partner Joe. I am sewing, embroidering and tutoring outdoors, dropping into any Bernina Dealers along the way, visiting local sewing/patchwork groups, Australian Sewing Guild groups and spreading the ‘Bernina Love’ wherever and whenever I can! I aim to introduce all those fellow travellers to what possibilities … and fun you can have on the road with your sewing machine/s! I have a new Bernina B570QEE, (yes embroidery module as well!), ‘Bridget’
… and a fabulous workhorse of an overlocker, an 800DL. I am delighted to be able to share my passion (and a few little projects) from time to time, for all things Bernina … through this Blog. I’ve been sewing since I was a child – my whole family are ‘make and do…ers’ ! Earliest memories of sewing are from when I was around 5, sewing on my Grandmother’s treadle machine … progressing a few years later to my mother’s well loved and used machine (even made my own school uniforms when I was 11 – I love dressmaking!) – and then, at 18 years of age my parents gave me MY OWN sewing machine – a Top-of-the-Range beauty! Well used and loved for quite a few years (including making my wedding dress), then it was passed onto a cousin … and then some 5 years later, after joining a local sewing machine store (selling 9 different brands of machines/overlockers … and office equipment … ) as a part-time employee, I upgraded to a computerised machine … and … after passing her onto a family member … I bought my first ever Bernina … ‘Betty’, my beloved 1230 – which I still own!
She is ‘holidaying’ with my friend Martyn Smith, whilst I travel … for some 15+ months or so. Now, several other machines later (Virtuosa 153QE, 160, Artista 180, Aurora 440QEE, and ‘Big Red’ my 830LE along with about 5 different overlockers!)
… and many, many hours of pleasure, here I am ‘living the dream’ of freelance education and travelling Australia, Kimberley Kamper in tow … ahhh … the Simple Life!
My home base is on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, but at present we are staying on a huge working cattle station some 30kms out of Mount Isa in Western Queensland. It is around 500 square miles in the old scale … yes, that big! We planned on a two night stay before heading up to Lawn Hill National Park … but with a muster planned (with helicopters!), the planned 2 nighter is now 9 nights … so far! I’ve had a day or so to do some sewing – here’s a few photos of my outdoor setup –
there’s so much happening from day to day – including 2 visits to Mt Isa Patchwork Group to visit my friend Bev Wilmot. I’ve also done a one-on-one lesson with my friend Margaret Bishop, who owns a local patchwork/sewing machine store, introducing her to the fabulous Pattern Drafter System, which I also teach. Marg has hers ordered and on its way! Fitting was easy – all her measurements to start with – more on this in future posts – LOVE my Pattern Drafter!!
I’ve got a little project started … here’s a teaser photo …
and I will get it posted as soon as it is finished. I have bought a fabulous Bernina Embroidery Collection USB, that has recently been released in Australia, and have used it on the project. Love all the designs on it!!
I look forward to keeping in touch through the blog, and if you’d like to see more of our travelling photos and stories, you can find me at www.thesewinggypsy.wordpress.com
Hi, how many problem did you had with the 830? Ours is a nightmare…