My Swiss Grandmother, a keen self taught dressmaker herself, gave it to me as a present when I was 16, I think, just before I started my apprenticeship as a dressmaker/tailor. Giving me the Bernina meant alot to her, as my greatgrandfather was a travelling tailor in a little village in Switzerland. My Bernina was to be the mother of all gifts, present of all birthdays and Christmas' rolled into one.
I was thinking what sewing machine I would buy if I had to and also reminisced all the sewing machines I had prior to my Bernina. My first one was a little red childrens sewing machine. In Canada I was given a vintage Singer Sewing machine by my mom's cousins, which took some time to get used to it was half manual. After that I inherited an Elna mini sewing machine which belonged to my late Aunt and I loved it. I also had a non-brand modern sewing machine my parents gave me which kept me going.
When I started my degree in Fashion Design at St.Martins , my Dad very kindly brought my Bernina with (It's got an amazing hard shelled case as seen in the picture where all components fit in) and sewed many a dodgy project. I also was given a Husqvarna overlock by my lovely husband and it still works wonderfully. I later bought myself a Brother industrial sewing machine when I ran my own label, as I needed something which was robust and intended for non domestic use.
Amazing how a sewing machine can bring back so many memories of stages in your life.
Anyone wanting to buy a quality sewing machine make sure it has some weight to it and manually adjustable stitches, not too fond of the electronic ones.
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My Bernina has been instagramed.