These two machines are my “babies”. I’ve had my Bernina Aurora 430 sewing machine since February of 2010. The Bernina 7ooD the Geek gave me for Christmas 2011.
I started with a mechanical Brother sewing machine in 1981 which was a wedding present from my parents. I “graduated” to an Elna 7000 computerized machine after my daughter was born and I discovered heirloom sewing. My Elna finally died in late 2009. I’ve been drooling over Bernina’s since the early 1970’s so I ran to Berry Patch. It was the last week of the FW Stock show sale prices when I found my machine. I wanted a mid range machine. No quilting bells and whistles, but plenty of my heirloom stitches. I bought a quarter inch foot and a pintuck foot along with my machine. I love the buttonholes it makes. The first time I used the blind hem stitch I was amazed.
As for sergers, I started with a White serger in 1989. I practically wore that one out so I traded that one in for an Elna in the early 1990’s. I used that serger until the only stitch that would work was the cover hem. My Bernina serger is the basic serger but I’ve used one long enough that I got what I would use.