She is very straightforward, no bells and whistles, and levers and knobs instead of buttons. Everything is manual!
She has her little quirks and whatnot, but not having ever used a different machine, it's all I know. I've recently started machine quilting, and while she did ok on my first attempt, it is not something that comes easily to her. She was actually kind of struggling. Also, since she was my Mom's, the thought of pushing that machine too far that it is permanently damaged gives me crazy anxiety. It would feel like another part of her is gone. So I've been thinking of getting a new sewing machine.
I looked at a number of machines, and test drove a few, but I really fell in love with the new Bernina 7 series. My Mom had a Bernina, which she loved, and my Dad and sisters are still using that machine for embroidery for my Dad's business. After much debate, I decided to go ahead and get the machine that I wanted, even if it cost more, instead of getting a "placeholder" machine and wanting to get another new machine in just a couple of years.
I ordered the new machine several weeks ago, and they said that it probably wouldn't come in until the end of November. Bummer (I'm an instant gratification fan) but worth the wait. Luckily, I got the call on Wednesday that she was here!! Yaaaaay! Much earlier than expected, and timed perfectly with some days off of work! ;-)