I was walking in a mall in central New York on my lunch hour from work on July 19, 1986. I passed by the sewing store and they had a Bernina Sewing Machine a floor model on sale for $299.00 regularly $849.99. I walked in and sat down at the machine. It looked nice and it was the only machine on sale. I was so tired of my old singer machine constantly needing adjustments and repair, I was ready for a new machine. The sales person was not happy that I was buying the machine though. She said she wanted to have one of her relatives buy the machine. Well she had no choice but to sell me the machine. I walked out the door without my new Bernina in its’ plastic carrying case because they had to do a once over on it to make sure it was working properly. I picked up my Bernina Jubilae 1932-1982 two days later on the 21st. The store wouldn’t give me my free sewing and operating lessons. (I think the women was still angry that I purchased the machine) She said it was because I got the machine on sale! So anyway I was now the proud owner of my first Bernina. I am still using this machine today. I have had it adjusted a couple times, and had to buy a new foot petal. But this machine is a Rock! I have sewed so many clothes, purses, home decor, quilts and so much more with this wonderful machine. I would be lost without it. BTW. I still have my singer machine. I could never part with it. My father bought if for me on the condition I would learn how to sew. My wonderful Aunt Mary taught me how to sew at age 8. I am forever grateful to them both. I love to sew!