My First BERNINA: Darlene’s Story
My mother came to Canada from England in the early 50’s and began working for Eatons Store making one of a kind children’s outfits. She purchased her first machine , a “Bernina industrial model for the home”.Being a seamstress , she made men’s suits as well as all other clothing. At Easter we all had coordinating outfits, and our clothes were always made by mom( as well as draperies, etc. By the time I was 7, she would sit me on her knee to sew on the machine.I grew up with that machine and used it a lot. When she was 84 she was still sewing on that very same machine. I came to her house to take her to the oncologist and saw she had covered it over with a sheet( it was never covered as she was always sewing ).She went in the hospital that day and never came home.i have the machine now and her BerninaFunLock 008D. The longevity of her Bernina inspired me to buy a ( used) Bernina Artista 165 which I love sewing with and embroidering.And now that I am retired , I get to use it a lot more. I have upholstered furniture with it quite a few times, even though I thought I would have to use her old Bernina to do it .