My mother was an excellent seamstress. I’m pretty sure she could sew anything, even without a pattern. Her favorite sewing machine was a Pfaff, which makes sense because she was German.
I know how to sew, but just the basics. I bought my first, and only, sewing machine about 25 years ago. It’s a White – that’s the brand as well as the color. It has been a persnickety little bugger for years, but it’s hard for me to justify buying a new machine when I do so little sewing.
The problem is that I suffer from Bernina Lust. 2 years ago I worked on a Bernina machine at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in California. The class was free motion stitching and it was mind blowing! The machine was so smooth that I was able to create some wonderful pieces even though I had never done free motion stitching before. I’m afraid that experience has ruined me forever when it comes to any other sewing machine.
|My free motion stitching|
|Alisa Burke, artist and Bernina expert,|
was my teacher at CREATE
My BFF bought a Bernina machine in California (she too had been transformed by her brush with Bernina). They offer really great deals at the retreat because the machines are used for classes. I was able to resist the purchase twice, once in California and once in Chicago, but my resistance weakens every time I try to sew a mixed media project with my old, basic sewing machine. I think I should start saving now for CREATE Chicago in August where I can give in and buy my own Bernina. I predict that very soon Roxanne, my best friend’s Bernina, will have her own BFF.