Why Two Berninas?

I was asked a couple of times why I have a Bernina 930 and a 1230 . . got those two real close together and then never got another one.  Well, it’s a long story.  It involves my ex-husband and I don’t know . . sometimes I don’t know if it’s ok to mention him on here but heck, he was part of my life.

Back in 1972 when I was graduating from high school, mom and dad got me a Singer Golden Touch and Sew in a cabinet for graduation.  I loved that machine, though it was never a very reliable machine.

In about 1982 or 1983, I decided I needed a better machine and wanted a Bernina.  The then DH said NO!  Too expensive!  So I bought some small Sears model.  That lasted about 3 months and I insisted on a Bernina 930 and got it.  It was great . . loved it.  Still have it and use it every now and then just to keep it oiled and running.

In 1987, we built this house.  It was our dream house.  I had been clipping pictures and had tons of Victorian  Homes magazines.  This was the last house we were going to build.


This picture was taken of the house after Hurricane Rita before they put on the new roof.  It looks better now . . even though the current owners painted it blue.  If they knew how hard I had to fight to get a purple house, I’ll bet they woudn’t have done that!

I loved this house!  Loved everything about it.  It was in the same subdivision with mom and dad, had a good sewing room, a good kitchen . . perfect house!  We lived there 2 years when one day, the then DH came home and said “We’re moving to TX”.  I ran from the house screaming!  Not really but I wasn’t too happy.  Chad was 2 and moving  just wasn’t part of my plan.  We had kept up with how much $$ we had invested in the house and we knew selling it would be a long shot.  Wouldn’t you know it . . within a couple of days of putting it on the market, a couple was transferring in from New Orleans, saw it, and wanted it!  I was literally sick.  I remember the day of the closing, I sat there and cried like a baby.  The new owners invited us over to have a glass of wine in their new home . . I declined!

Anyway, we got to TX and moved into some tiny, not so clean rental til we could find a house to buy.  I was pretty miserable but we found a nice house within about 3 months . . but I was still miserable.  I missed home! The then DH decided a new sewing machine might cheer me up and bought the 1230 and a Bernina serger for me.  We moved to TX in 1989 and moved back to Louisiana in 1991.  I think it was in 1990 when I got the 1230.   Obviously, the 1230 didn’t do the trick and make me happy living in Texas, but that’s how I ended up with two new sewing machines within five or six years and then didn’t buy another one for many years.  If I  hadn’t gotten the 1230 when I did, I’d probably still be using the 930 and be happy with it.

Anything else you want to know . . just ask! 🙂



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    Marla says

    I love your purple house too. Shame on those people for painting it blue. I suppose you have to drive by it everytime you visit your parents too don’t you? Just another little jab in your heart.

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    That is a pretty subtle shade of purple, from what I can tell. Actually, until you said it was purple, I thought it was tan…maybe it’s my monitor (or my old eyes). LOL It looks to be a very lovely house, though.

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    Cheryl L says

    Judy, I have a 930, too. I LOVE that machine. It would still be my primary machine today (I now have an Artista 180), except for the fact that it doesn’t have the “blanket stitch” that I use for a lot of machine applique. I’ve kept the 930 because, I believe, it was the last of the “mechanical” Berninas, so not really much to go wrong and it’s a workhorse! Love it!!!

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    Rebecca says

    This is the first time I’ve seen the hint of lavender on your “purple” house. (I think I’m looking over Pat’s shoulder).

    So, you were sewing even back then! Was it quilts or clothing at that time?

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    Robin says

    What a gorgeous house!! I thought it was tan also. I can see why you didn’t want to move.

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    Well, at least you have a story behind buying two machines so close together. I just kept buying until I discovered Bernina! Yep, I have a tendancy to do things the hard way!

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    Regina Scott Brooks says

    I always wondered why you had two Berninas and now I know.

    The house looks wonderful and I can only imagine all the love and thought that went into building it. I think I might like it in the blue a little bit better than your purple. But keep in mind that this is coming from a woman that feels that every quilt she makes must have a “little” blue in it 🙂