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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina BSR (Stitch Regulator) for FMQ ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bernina BSR (Stitch Regulator) for FMQ
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Date: 8/21/11 12:36 PM

Trying to decide if I go Bernina if I need the BSR.

I have never done FMQ but I am getting interested in trying it and perhaps thread painting.

The value of the BSR where I live is about $1,000 if you don't buy it with the machine. With the machine purchase it is roughly about $400.

Is the BSR something that once you have it you keep using it - or do you eventually just get the hang of it and don't use it anymore? I tried to search for reviews on the BSR and could not find any.

Are there other Stitch Regulators coming on the market that are as good - or better - and not as expensive?

Thanks so much for any feedback.
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Date: 8/21/11 12:38 PM

If other stitch regulators come out, they will be for other machines, not bernina.

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Date: 8/21/11 12:45 PM

There are stitch regulators for frame-mounted machines, but not for other domestic machines, afaik. I'm just beginning to *try* FMQ, and I suck less with the BSR. I hope iSewQuiltart comments on this for you. I do see the BSRs for sale on SewItsForSale for $400-500, so if you wanted to add it later, you don't necessarily have to pay the price for new. At that point, you could hopefully borrow one to see if it's enough of a help to be worth the expense.

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Date: 8/21/11 1:13 PM

Try searching the boards for Fabric Mover which could be used for Husvarna and Pfaff machines. There was also something called the fab-u-motion.

But when they came out, these were pretty expensive--on par with the BSR. They didn't sell all that well, and were heavily discounted.

The BSR is patented, so that prevents other manufacturers from bringing similar products to market.

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Date: 8/21/11 3:19 PM

I love the BSR. It operates in two modes, so you can choose which you like better - letting you move the fabric which engages it, or using the presser foot.
I highly recommend it - and yes, you can put a shout out on sewitsforsale, and you might get some bites, or just be patient.
Though I prefer using the NON foot pedal mode, I find that I tended to make it go too fast, and my machine and table would shake. So, I found I needed to use the foot pedal, and just go at a slower consistent speed, which apparently I am better at with my feet than with my hands.

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Date: 8/21/11 4:06 PM

No way I can get free motion without the BSR - I got it free with the purchase with my machine at the time but I totally endorse getting it. They do show up on ebay at times for less.

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Date: 8/21/11 4:21 PM

I was already experienced at FMQ so I felt like the BSR came between my and what I was doing. It was jerky where I was smooth and it had a different sound. Apparently I depended on the sound as a cue that my speed and my hands were in sync and the BSR took that away. I am a little faster also. You need to try it but in any case you need practice. It doesn't just happen.
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Date: 8/21/11 6:01 PM

I have the BSR. It was part of the package when I purchased my Artista 630. I am not an experienced quilter and never made a project using FMQ before my BSR. For me, it has allowed me to make a project with nice results given my sewing skills. I do not quilt often, but I am glad I have it.

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Date: 8/21/11 6:24 PM

Hey - I do lots of free motion work and feel like I learned pretty fast once I let myself fail a few times.

I only started sewing in December of '10 and as soon as I saw what people can do with thread painting I really was interested in it -- forgetting that I have never been able to draw a thing in my life despite the fact that Ive taken art drawing class's over and over -- I was dissapointed at first because I could not get the results I saw others getting - but, the fact is - I cant draw.

I love free motion squiggles, blocks, circles, waves, clouds, mirror, words, hearts, smilys, -- I love the colors that I can add in quilting - My machine harp is about 6 inches and I can do a queen size quilt pretty easy. I dont have BSR and feel like it took me only a few real horrid projects to get the feeling of it.. I like the way it still feels like I get better at it all the time - the stitches look fine without the BSR - for me, its the patterns that I mess up -- When I shop for Bernina - I dont think I need the BSR -

Chances are - you have the QE4.0 - right? Drop the feed dogs and mess with free motion on it and see what you think - the only thing I can think of that might be nice with BSR is that it can do a reliable zig-zag in free motion that might be nice for applique --- Im not fussy about perfect stitch on applique - but with BSR if I were fussy that might be nice.

I like lots of the you tube videos about different free motion parrters -- there is a girl who does them - she has great skill.





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Date: 8/21/11 7:37 PM

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t? Drop the feed dogs and mess with free motion on it and see what you think - the only thing I can think of that might be nice with BSR is that it can do a reliable zig-zag in free motion that might be nice for applique --- Im not fussy about perfect stitch on applique - but with BSR if I were fussy that might be nice.


If you're using a Aurora, the BSR can only do straight stitch, not zigzag

Here are some pictures that might explain what the (straight stitch) BSR can do. The 5 series can use the BSR with a zigzag stitch, as can the artistas and 8 series.

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