When I was a sophomore in high school, I saw my first Bernini at a booth at the County Fair. I had learned to sew on my grandmother’s old Singer that could stitch forwards and backwards, and when I saw the capabilities of the Bernina, I was enthralled. Two years later, just before the start of my senior year in high school, I saved up all the money I had earned hoeing sugar beets that summer ($400.00) and used it all to purchase the Bernina Minimatic. That was August of 1974. It was the best, most useful purchase I ever made, until this past July, 2017, when I purchased a new Bernina 560 to celebrate my recent retirement. I am keeping my Bernina Minimatic for when we build our vacation home in a few years…that way I can have a machine in both places!