Stepping into the modern age
For many years, I sewed and then quilted on my grandmother’s 1924 Singer model 99. When I started quilting in 2003, I didn’t have the resources for another machine, so kept at it with that old 1924 workhorse. Not long after that though, there was a lot of news about the Bernina model 440QE and the BSR. My quilting teacher ordered one before they even came out, and I decided to take out a loan and do the same. She got the first one shipped to our area… I got #2. Oh my! what a revelation! I had never sewn anything but a straight stitch (that’s all the model 99 did!), so having all these stitches available to me was thrilling! I loved that machine so much, I bought a second 440QE (one to stay at home in my sewing table, the other to take to classes and retreats). I really worked those machines HARD, and despite one motherboard glitch requiring a total replacement, they took it all in stride. I sewed on both until 2017, when I used them both as trade-ins toward my new 740. I bought a 350 Best Friends edition for classes, and slotted my new 740 into my studio. I can’t believe I sewed without Bernina for 40+ years! I’ll never switch back, that’s for sure! I’m a Bernina gal for life!
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