My adventures in sewing began when I was in high school. My aunt, who ran a small sewing school, gave me an old Singer sewing machine. I was thrilled at the prospect of making things, but I had no idea how to even start the thing up, let alone create a garment or a curtain for my little basement bedroom! As much as I can remember, I believe that my machine was a Singer 201-2, without the hand crank. It was set into a cabinet (#40) with the knee controller. I don't believe it came with any attachments, and by trial and error, I taught myself to wind the bobbin and thread the machine. I am pretty sure I had some close calls with sewing over my fingers, and a lot of time spent detangling an angry bobbin.
Asserting my creativity, I painted the dark wooden cabinet a creamy yellow, and managed to sew a few craft items and costumes with the Singer 201-2. After I married and left home, my parents gave it away. How I wish I still had that lovely Singer!
Years later, as a new mom, I purchased a White sewing machine, and made a variety of baby clothes and craft items. With the arrival of our second child, a daughter, I graduated to a Bernina Artista 165 with an embroidery module. With a huge assortment of options, the Bernina Artista 165 helped me achieve a variety of sewing techniques - heirloom pintucks and lace insertion, quilting, embroidery, free motion
embroidery, applique, and much more. Along with a small serger, I was armed for some truly amazing sewing projects!
In the summer of 2001, I opened a tiny quilt shop. Bright and cheerful, the shop offered a small but lovely collection of fabrics and patterns. My sample quilts decorated the walls, and customers started to flow in. But a building fire destroyed the shop in just a few moths after opening, and I lost all the inventory. After about a year, I sold my machines and personal fabric stash because it had been too much of a loss for me to keep sewing.
I resisted the urge to get back into sewing for many years, convincing myself I had other interests and priorities. I painted and made soap, decorated cakes and ran a portrait photo studio, all the while raising two kids and helping my husband run the dental office. But when I began to immerse myself in the study of 18th century clothing, I picked up needle and thread once more.
Although I enjoy hand sewing immensely, it became readily apparent to me that if I wanted to complete at least one historically inspired costume in a reasonable time frame, I'd need to call for back-up! So once again I became the proud owner of a Bernina.
With time saving features such as automatic thread cutting and lowering of presser foot, the 750 QE is a powerfully smooth and quiet sewing machine. What I love about Bernina, beyond the spectacular quality, is the amazing number of accessories available. There is even an iPhone app which helps you select and keep track of the presser feet and attachments you want or already own.
I'm thrilled to once again be seated in front of a Bernina, and I can hardly wait to delve into some challenging sewing projects. If you're in the market for a new sewing machine, I definitely recommend owning a Bernina!