I have had my Bernina for about 5 years (I think) and I have never taken her for a check up and cleaning (sounds like the dentist!). The reason is that I don't have a good back up and it is never a good time to be without a good, working sewing machine. I was explaining this to my friends at my recent retreat as they were gathered around in shock at the full grown dust bunnies living in my machine. Right then and there my friend Mimi said that I could take her machine home with me and it would be my back up so that I could send my baby to the doctor. Can you believe the generosity! I couldn't! I was amazed. A couple days later when she was leaving the retreat she marched over, set her machine down by my side, and said goodbye.
Here is the little beauty that she is letting me borrow. It is a Janome, a brand I have never used. I am enjoying using another machine although I do feel like I am cheating on my Bernina. I am glad she is not her to see it.
I am especially enjoying this 1/4" foot with a guide on it. I don't have one and have always wanted to try one out. I really like it!! I don't think Bernina offers one for my machine but I am not sure about that.
Here is another feature my machine doesn't have. A button that controls the speed of the machine. This is clever, but not for me. I keep it on the fastest speed and even then I wish it were a bit faster. I am a sewing speed demon.
I was at my guild meeting the other day and was sitting with my friend, Ada. I told her that I had taken my baby in (she was one of the shocked quilters at the retreat) and thought I should share this with her so she could get a full nights sleep again. I told her of Mimi's generosity that made it possible. Ada says to me, "You should have told me you needed a back up. You could have borrowed one of my machines. I have 17." WHAT!! I was sure I heard incorrectly. Seventeen machines! Wow! She has since sent me a list of her machines and she doesn't have 17. She has 18. Yep.
Maybe lots of machines is more the norm than I thought. So I am dying to know. How many do you have?