In honor of this bizarre "holiday", I thought I'd tell you a bit about mine...
It starts with my Mom. When she was a 22 year old newlywed, she scraped together all her savings and bought a fancy-pants sewing machine - a Bernina 930. I'm pretty sure it was the most expensive thing they owned, including their VW Beetle. With this machine, she started her first business sewing wedding and bridesmaid dresses for the public.
Four years later, I came along! I know that those many hours listening to the whir of her machine in utero and as a small child are exactly why I find the sound of a sewing machine so peaceful.
I learned to sew on this machine. She started her second business on the machine, designing clothing for her own store. It's also the same machine that made countless Easter dresses, prom dresses, high school theater costumes, quilts, and eventually my wedding dress!
So when I went off to college, I obviously had to have a machine of my own. I wanted something good quality and that I was comfortable with. So I did what all normal college freshman do and order a 20 year old sewing machine off Ebay and have it delivered to my dorm! (Actually it was delivered to the Student Union, and I had to push/drag it half a mile to my dorm)
Yep, I bought an identical machine to my Mom! The funny thing was that over 20 years, they hadn't depreciated hardly at all! (And 11 years more past that, they're still selling for the same price)
The pros were this: I already knew how to use it, it's well known to be a "workhorse of a machine" (especially after lasting through daily use by a seamstress), and my Mom could talk me through fixing it. It's all mechanical, so no computers or electric bits to wear out.
Cons are as follows: It doesn't do all those nifty computer things that modern machines can, and it weighs 50 lbs. (oof)
So what's the verdict? I love it! I love how it sews, how it sounds, and how my Mom can talk me through cleaning and repairing it. If you want a "forever machine", this one fits the bill!
|she sits on a fold-away stand that I spray painted to match my craft room|
|My favorite "Bonnie Pink" sewing supplies are within easy reach|
PS: Apparently Bernina also make a mini-me version called a Bernette that's cheaper and lighter, but is still a workhorse.