Walking through the beautiful town of Portsmouth, NH with my husband and son on a glorious Mother’s Day Saturday, we came upon a lovely little fabric store in a very old building. I suggested that the men “Probably wouldn’t want to go in and check it out.” , but it was Mother’s Day and they were kind. I walked in to find the tiny shop was much larger inside and filled to bursting with gorgeous fabric and project samples and BERNINAS! Tons of Berninas, all set up and ready to try. The staff was great, they showed me a few machines and allowed me to sew on them. It was absolutely fantastic. I felt giddy, having never seen so many really fabulous machines. The Tula Pink 350 was on display in the window, so I asked about it and before we left the shop, my sweet husband bought that gorgeous machine for me. My beautiful machine sat idle on my dining room table for weeks, when my husband asked if I had buyer’s remorse and I had to admit that I was a bit intimidated. A few online videos later, I plucked up my courage and tried to sew with abandon. I made purses, wallets, bags, small quilts and clothes on that first machine. Fast forward three years and I now own a vintage Nova and a brand new 770QE (it still gives me goosebumps)as well as my fist Bernina, my gorgeous Tula Pink 350, the OG and my ride or die.