This is my machine. She's a Bernina Activa 230PE. I love her. This is her story.
One day, I was looking on eBay for a used serger. I was mainly searching for a Bernina because I was confident that even an older model would be sturdy and run well. I wanted it for finishing unlined garments, and making kids' Halloween costumes. Nothing fancy. The machines I was looking at were 20+ years old, and probably hadn't been used in half as long. But my husband caught wind of what I was doing, and went out an bought me a brand spankin' new one as a gift.
|My first Bernina, the 700D|
The sweet ladies at the sewing machine store, also told my poor man that this machine is excellent for quilting (ha!) He brought her home and I attempted my very first quilt with her. Needless to say, the points (nubs!) on my pinwheels didn't exactly lay very flat. I felt a little guilty for having a machine that cost twice what my regular machine, a EuroPro Shark, did at the time. Especially when I couldn't even make a simple quilt on it. So, my husband "fixed" it by going out and buying me a proper quilting machine. The Bernina Activa 230PE...the PE is for Patchwork Edition (and if you ask me, PErfect!)
|The #57 Foot|
And this is why I wouldn't trade her for the world...the #57 Patchwork Foot. A true 1/4" seam without even trying! See the little arm on the right side? It lines up your fabric for you. Genius!
But after making a quilt or two, I discovered her Kryptonite. She's petite, and it's almost impossible for me to quilt a big quilt on her with her itty bitty harp size. So, my husband fixed that, too, and found a mid-arm Babylock on Craigslist for me.
|Baby Lock Quilter's Choice Professional|
Even though I didn't pick any of these out for myself, they couldn't be any more fitting. They are fantastic machines, but also remind me how lucky I am to have someone who supports me and my interests, even when he doesn't share them.
And he puts up with my disaster of a sewing room. He's a keeper.