Adding a New BERNINA 790 PLUS to the Fleet

Learning Adventure Begins

As a member of the 2022 Class of BERNINA Ambassadors, I welcomed the B 790 PLUS into my BERNINA family. It joined a B 770 QE and a vintage Patchwork 140 already in my studio. Years as an art quilt creator, teacher, and pattern designer had never included embroidery. The embroidery module will allow me to continue my goal to be a lifelong learner.

January brought the opportunity to attend the Ambassador Retreat at the BERNINA Creative Center in Aurora, Illinois. I had the opportunity to work with the B 790 PLUS as well as sergers and longarm machines at this event. The BERNINA team welcomed our ambassador class with information, demonstrations, and learning opportunities as they welcomed us to the family.

My new BERNINA 790 Plus and I at the Creative Center near Chicago.

My local BERNINA dealer, CS Sewing, in Traverse City, Michigan received the shipment with my new machine as I returned from the Creative Center. Despite the gloomy January weather my day was bright when I arrived at CS Sewing for a tutorial and to pick up my new machine.


Exterior photo of CS Sewing in Traverse City Michigan as I arrive to pick up my new BERNINA
Exterior of CS Sewing in Traverse City on a cold, cloudy January day.
Interior of CS Sewing in Traverse City
CS Sewing in Traverse City

The B 790 PLUS is a perfect fit in my Koala Sewing Cabinet. The array of included accessories is extensive and useful. 

BERNINA 790 Plus pictured in my home studio with all included accessories.
BERNINA 790 PLUS with all included accessories are unboxed in my home studio.

Youngest Generation Joins BERNINA Learning

A weekend with grandma and papa always includes time in the studio. Both grand littles were eager to create on the new machine.

Granddaughter preparing for her first sewing project on my new BERNINA 790 Plus

Granddaughter, age 8, cut and stitched 100 hearts on her shirt for the upcoming 100th day of school parade.

Free arm allows hearts to be stitched on shirt without stretching or pulling.

The shirt slid right over the free arm for easy stitching on front and back. The hearts are bar tacked to shirt so they can be removed later. She’s already planning how she might use them in another project.

Eight year old grandson can safely sew on machine with speed lever set on slow stitches.

Grandson, age 8, stitched a blanket for Lego figures with the speed set on slow. Projects are already in the plans for his next visit.

Opening New Opportunities

With grandkids safely out of the action, it’s time to unbox the embroidery unit. The embroidery module was packaged in a completely different box separate from the machine.

The embroidery unit is ready to be unboxed as the machine is ready.

Despite embroidery being a totally new technique to me, I’m excited to dive right in. 

Opening the box with the embroidery unit for the B 790 Plus

So many ‘new to me’ items are housed in the top layer of the embroidery unit box. But wait there’s more….

The embroidery unit is safely packed in the bottom layer of the shipping box.

The second layer in the box contains the unit that makes the magic. Always up for the challenge, it’s time to create something!

Sample packages of embroidery thread, embroidery needles, and a variety of stabilizers to get started with embroidery.

BERNINA just never disappoints as they have included everything needed to get started right away. A sample package of embroidery thread, embroidery needles and a variety package of stabilizers. The embroidery module comes with three sizes of hoops to fit an array of projects.

The owner’s manual easy-to-follow directions have me up and running in no time. My name is stitched out in this whimsical font with the provided blue thread. I think I’ve got this.

Always eager to try something new, I switched out the stabilizer and popped a coiled rope coaster in the hoop. 



Embroidered coiled rope coasters, Embroidery with lettering and designs

I have already learned so much after working with two small items. Selecting a design, modifying size and orientation then stitching it out with color changes are new skills I’m practicing already. I feel confident knowing when use OEDS StabilStick Tear-Away vs OESD AquaMesh Wash-AwayStabilizer. The next learning curve is downloading the sweet embroidery design found online on my BERNINA B 790 Plus.

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