New Machine! Bernina 153 (Quilter's Edition)

Since I first started sewing, I've been trucking along on a Singer Confidence which I received as a Christmas gift from my parents. We got it on sale at a JoAnn (I think) and it has been a great machine. In all this time I have gotten it repaired only once (I think the timing was off?) and I am not the most attentive owner; I've been getting better about switching my needles, but I'm not great about dusting/oiling. All in all, it's been lovely.

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But when a brand new Bernina shows up at a bargain sale for $40, you haaaave to buy it.

I recently joined the Junior League and my league hosts a bargain sale once a year, with most of the items for sale donated by members and their families. I volunteered to help set up the morning of the event, and spent hours and hours sorting clothes and all sorts of other stuff. I was in the middle of folding tee shirts when, above the din, I heard someone say "sewing machine." Naturally I popped right out of my tee shirt burrow like a groundhog and skittered over to check it out. Imagine my surprise when it wasn't a cheapy beginner straight stitcher, but a brand new, never-been-used, still-has-all-the-manuals Bernina 153 (Quilter's Edition). Whaaaaat? And they were pricing it at $40. I had to have it. I mean, it had a walking foot still in the box. I told the other ladies working that it was miiine, i neeeded it, could i buy it pre-sale??? and the answer was no. They did not seem to think I should be concerned about missing it, that "there would not be a run on sewing machines!" Ha! I resolved to purchase it as soon as the sale opened at five, but I was nervous alllll afternoon, thinking someone would get it before me. Needless to say, I showed up early to the sale, marched straight to my new machine, and snatched it up. I was at the checkout by 5:02, and had a sewing machine in my trunk at 5:03, out $40 but smiling (and, in fact, feeling pretty smug).

I have a lot to learn--it has a front loaded bobbin which I have no clue how to use--so I'm happy to have the manual. And, of course, the internet. But it was threaded when I bought it, and it is so zippy! Faster than my Singer, and quieter too. I can't wait to do some sewing!

Welcome to the family, little Bernina!

xoxo,
allie

ps: what sewing machine do you use? if you have more than one, do you have a "backup" or do you use them all for different things?

allie J.

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17 comments:

  1. Way to go!!!!!!!!!! that is just awesome! I paid $2000.00 for mine when I got it in 2003. I love mine -I have never taken it in for service and have never oiled it or anything (as I thought your were not suppose to oil computer machines) but going to take it for service soon since I am going into quilting. I probably will be upgrading soon to another Bernina and am keeping my little 153 to take with me when I go to quilting classes. Enjoy your new Bernina -you are going to have many years with it

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    1. Wow, $2000! I just read that it is not supposed to be oiled, so you're right. I'm excited to start learning the ins and out of this machine!

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    1. Thank you! Plus, now you get to keep the other Bernina! ;)

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  3. Awesome! I have 2 machines I regularly use, a Singer 160 for my regular sewing and a Janome (with a walking foot) that I got for my 12th birthday which I use for particularly thick or slippery/difficult fabrics. I also have about 5 vintage machines..... Plus my overlocker of course!

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    1. That's a TON of machines! but I bet you love each and every one :)

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  4. Wow - steal of the century! Good for you! I've got a new Bernina 350 and love it. I used my Mom's old (1970s) Bernette 440 for years, but passed that on to my sister when I got my new one. And yes, the Bernina is really powerful! I accidentally sewed through my finger when I was first learning to use it. Yikes!

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    1. Ah!!! I hope you were alright--and didn't get blood on any nice fabric!! haha

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  5. Wow, this is incredible. I'm so jealous! I'm becoming increasingly aware of how little my machine can do and have to start saving for a new one! Have fun with it!

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    1. I always thought my little Singer could do everything, but playing around with this one, it just seems much sturdier, and it can go through many more layers. Hopefully you'll find a deal as well!

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  6. also concerning the bobbin case -no problem - when inserting make sure you are going clockwise with the thread and when you bring it up and forward you will make 3 clicks and then you are ready to go. I also just found a trick about holding the bobbin case by the thread to see if you have the tension correct (mine was way to loose so I had to tighten the screw on it) learned this from Colette tips that they email to you on Tuesdays! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I've been watching some youtube videos and getting a bit quicker at it but it's a lot trickier than the drop-in kind I think.

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  7. What a find! I don't blame you for feeling smug, I would do too if I'd picked up a Bernina for $40. I currently use a Janome and have no complaints, although after studying tailoring this year and using industrial machines I wish it was faster! One day, if I have the space, I'll get an industrial one. I also have a 1970s Singer which I picked up on ebay, it sews pretty quick but I need to get it serviced and repaired. Have fun with your new machine.

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    1. I would be so terrified to use an industrial machine but I'm sure you acclimate quickly. I'd be afraid of sewing through my fingers or something!

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  8. What a steal! Congrats! I sew on a Bernina and I love it. I have my old Singer as backup.

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    1. That's my plan as well, I have stuck the Singer in its case in the closet but it's nice to have two and use one as a backup or switching between thread colors.

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