Nothing against other machines but I’ll probably always be a Bernina girl. I bought my first one (930) in about 1983. The second one, a 1230, was purchased in about 1989 and the third, and probably final one . . the 430, was purchased in 2010. I so love the 1230 and never gave myself a chance to bond with the 430. I didn’t like that it needs to be oiled more often than the 1230. I don’t like that they tell you to bring it in from time to time for “maintenance”. My 1230, which is about 28 years old, has been to the shop once! When I first got the 430, I used it a few days but packed it back into the box and there it sat for about a year. Then the packers/movers came in and the box got taped up and moved. There it sat under my cutting table, still taped and packed . . til yesterday.
Monday morning was one of those mornings when you wonder why you got out of bed. I had to get lunch made before I could go sew. Even though I started making meatballs a little after 7 a.m., I also had a couple of packages to get ready for shipping, a couple of checks to write and get in the mail, and some laundry to get going. It was about 9 before I got to the sewing room and after 9:30 before my friend got there. My plan was to start stitching down the deer applique and we were going to use the Singer 301 machines but then I realized the only feet I have for them are closed toes and you can’t really see where you’re stitching. We debated what to do. My friend said she could run back to her house and get her machine and I would use my Bernina 1230 that stays set up. She went back to her house and got her machine but by the time she got back, it was about 10 minutes before I had to go back to the house and finish lunch. I told her she could stay and sew but she had some things to do at home so she went back home.
About 12:30 we were back in the sewing room but her foot pedal wasn’t working right so I said . . hey . . I can set up the 430 and you can use that. She’s the sweetest friend and she kept saying . . no, I don’t want to use your new machine. Heck . . my new machine is really old. I’ve had it 7 years! It needs to be used so I got it out and she started using it but we quickly realized she needed the open toe embroidery foot (#20). We tried all the feet I have for the 430 . . several times . . and none of them were great for what we were doing. I told her I would order one but she needed to order some fabric so she ordered a #20 foot for my machine. It should be here by the end of the week.
I think . . I’m not sure . . but I think she may be wanting a Bernina soon! 🙂
Oh . . we did get several blocks stitched down. I’m betting by the end of the week, we’ll be sashing our blocks and making rows!