I am very attached to my sewing machine. It is a Bernina 830 Record machine which was made in the early seventies. Well, first I shouldn't really call it MY sewing machine, I
My mother sewed a lot when we were really little, but then stopped. Sometimes she discretely asks for it back, but I quickly change the subject. I have never sewed on anything other than this machine except in home economics class. I did look on eBay to buy my own, but these machines go for hundreds of dollars. I've seen some go for over a thousand dollars!
This machine is older than I am. It is all metal. The outside is metal. The insides are metal. This thing NEVER jams. This thing NEVER misses a stitch. It even does some embroidery stitches.
Originally I downloaded the manual from the Internet, but then my mother found the original manual and mailed it to me.
The manual is like a time capsule. My mother bought this machine used, when it was a couple years old. The original owner carefully pasted in samples stitched during the classes she took when she bought the machine. Some samples even have handwritten notes.
Don't you just love instruction manuals from the seventies?
This is my favorite pasted in sample, the fabric looks so seventies vintage to me.
The colors and graphic design are so retro.
I'm sure there are fancier machines I could buy, but I've never looked into it. I love this machine too much. I keep it oiled faithfully and very soon it will be going in for a good cleaning and refurbishing.