My First & Still My Favorite Bernina – “the boat”
My parents bought me a cheap sewing machine in junior high so I could learn how to sew. The machine constantly jammed and I decided sewing was not for me. When my daughter was a baby, my grandma gave me my Aunt’s old machine (with the stitching cams). I trepidly started to sew some clothes for my daughter. One day, on a whim, I went into a local quilt shop and saw a cool teddy bear. I signed up for the class intent on making it for my daughter. That led to quilt classes and heirloom sewing and I even joined an evening quilt guild, but I still struggled with my aunt’s old sewing machine. When I dropped it off for service, I tested a new Bernina and fell in love. I went home and told my husband how I would love a new Bernina that would make nice button holes and produce a nice stitch but with a baby and a mortgage- spending $2500 on a sewing machine at that time was a luxury we could not afford. A month later we went to grandma’s for a mini vacation. I got called to work on an emergency and feeling sorry for myself, left the family and drove home. When I returned the next day, I walked in to find a brand new Bernina 150 sitting on the dining room table with a bow. My husband went out and bought it as a surprise, stating he thought it was important I have a quality sewing machine and that sewing was good for me and it was cheaper than a psychologist. In shock, I asked him where he got the money. He said he used his boat money. He had been saving up from his overtime for the last few years to buy a boat, so he decided his boat could wait in lieu of my machine. That is one of the best presents he ever gave me. Since then I have sewn on my Bernina 150 intensely for over 20 years, even wearing out the metal bobbin case. It has been extremely reliable and has helped me grow to be a proficient quilter. It has provided me numerous opportunities to meet wonderful quilters from across the country, create wonderful friendships, allow me to grow artistically, and has been a wonderful stress reliever! I purchased a Bernina 770 a couple years ago to use for embroidery and quilting. I was asked if I was going to get rid of my 150. NO WAY! I could never get rid of the machine my husband sacrificed his boat money for. I sewed my daughter’s first teddy bear on it and planning on doing a wedding quilt for her on it some day. It is still my favorite go to machine and my trusty standby. Way more reliable than any boat would be!