At the end of January I will have, at last, paid off my student loans. To celebrate I planned on buying a brand new sewing machine. But I couldn’t not take advantage of the post Christmas sales. So I’d like to introduce you to Bernie my wonderful (slightly intimidating) Bernina 380 which I got from the Sewing Centre.
I have for the last 6 years been sewing on a Toyota FSR21 which has done me well. It was probably the best birthday present I ever received and has earned G. many brownie points. She still works just fine – although temporarily I am using pliers to change the stitching while I wait for a new stitch dial to be posted to me. But I long out grew her – we’re at a point in our relationship were she holds me back. But I’m sentimental cause she’s been such a good one so I’m not sure what I’ll do with her now.
My new machine (which the manual disconcertingly refers to as a sewing computer) is … I don’t even know where to start. I feel like a child that its so excited she’s unable to finish a single sentence, and trips over each thought in a rush of exuberance. Oh the plethora of stitches. The memory function. The auotomatic buttonholes. The speed control. And AUTOMATIC THREADING? I am in pure wonder at this machine’s (I refuse to refer to it as a computer) capability. And quite a bit daunted.
Bernie came with all sorts of gadgetry including seven presser feet (and I got three more free in the sales that apparently Bernina will now post to me!) plus a walking foot which looks like a very disturbing instrument of torture. Dare I confess that I’m not even sure which is the ‘normal’ one? I mean they all got fancy pants names but none of them say ‘ normal’ do they? I’m just going to have to slowly explore, wish me luck….