My first Bernina, an 1130, was an accidental purchase. It was my third machine. I had given my second machine some heavy use; it needed to be refurbished. It was questionable whether or not it would be worth the expense. At just the right time, my husband’s employer’s monthly newsletter had an ad for a new Bernina for sale by the owner. I was the first and only person to respond. The woman who was selling it had recently purchased it new with an assortment of accessories. Unfortunately she had not used it much; she was diagnosed with arthritis in her hands which was rapidly progressing. She felt she had to give up sewing. As sad as I felt for her, I was delighted to acquire an essentially new machine. She was just happy that someone who could appreciate it was buying it. I knew Berninas were good, very good machines and I was extremely happy to own one. I needed a machine; I really did not select it; it was just there for me. It has been my faithful companion but I decided I needed a machine that could embroider. Sew, I am building a relationship with my second Bernina. But the first one is still here as a backup.