Did you know my sewing machine broke last summer? It started dropping stitches randomly. I fiddled around with something, but again, dropped stitches. Now, my sewing machine was 35 years old. Its a Viking Huqsvarna from 1975. It was the machine my mom got when she got married. And her mom convinced her to get the best. Because it would be the sewing machine she'd have for the rest of her life.
Except my mom didn't want a sewing machine! She hates to hem pants for my dad. She hates to sew on buttons. So when I asked to borrow it in college to sewing a quilt, she said to keep it.
I moved the machine to Texas and have gotten lots of use out of it. More than mom ever did. I even paid $300 in 2005 or 2006 to get the cams deep-cleaned. It was running in tip-top shape back then. But now? Dropping stitches? Ugh. I don't want to invest more money in something so old. And I couldn't even do a zig-zag stitch on this machine. Time to get over the sentimental value and upgrade!
With the advice of my comrades at the Austin Modern Quilt Guild, I invested in a Bernina Activa 220! Its their bottom of the line model, but its a major upgrade for me.
Can I just say... WOW.
Its so quiet. I'm in love.