My First BERNINA: Linda’s Story
I love Bernina sewing machines.
When I was eighteen and going off to teachers’ training college in Eastbourne, England my parents bought me a little Featherweight Singer sewing machine. It was okay but only did straight stitch. While at college my needlework tutor arranged for a demo of all the different sewing machine makes available in Eastbourne in the early sixties. We were allowed to try them all out for a couple of weeks. Such fun! That is when I fell in love with Berninas.
A few years later I met my husband and we moved to Zambia. I still had my Singer. While there a friend, who knew that I did a lot of sewing wanted help purchasing a sewing machine. Luckily, there just happened to be a Bernina shop in Lusaka, so of course I recommended a Bernina. At that point my loving husband suggested I get one for myself. I jumped at the chance and bought a Bernina Record. What a fabulous workhorse! I still have it and use it. I sold the Singer and the wonderful Bernina people in Lusaka changed the motor of my Record for North American electricity.
Since then I purchased one of the early computerized models . I sold this when I retired ten years ago and now have a Bernina Artista 730. I love it and am still learning about all the fabulous things that it can do, but I have a very soft spot for my ever reliable first Bernina.