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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's in a name?

I am not big on brand names. With a few exceptions, our clothing comes from Goodwill or Value Village. Ditto for a lot of household goods. I buy generic food and off brand plastic wrap.

But there are a few things undone scrimp on. We only Chevron or Texaco fuel. Irish Spring soap in the showers and Dawn/Cascade in the kitchen.

Growing up my Mom had a Montgomery Wards sewing machine. That thing was a work horse and was just as heavy as one. When I was growing up I knew that's the kind of machine I wanted. When my Grandma died, my mom inherited her Bernina sewing machine. All I knew about them was that they had a red case and they were too fancy for me to use. I wasn't allowed to use it until I was older. I mentioned to my Mom once that I would buy my own Bernina when I bought a sewing machine. Her response was, 'you better know how to sew if your going to buy a Bernina. They cost as much as a car.'

What?!

I pushed the idea out of my head, but not because I don't know how to sew.

My first sewing machine was also Wendi and Heather's first and mom and dad bought it used. I wore it out. My second machine was given to me by an awesome older couple in Bremerton 2nd ward. I wore it out. My sister, Heather bought a Brother machine and let me use it (to sew for her girls) and I fell in love with it. I bought a Brother. (can you guess what happened?) I wore it out. But I loved it so much that I replaced it with another Brother. A faulty, poorly built Brother. I mentioned it was at the hospital a few weeks ago.

While it was gone I received a very interesting comment from my Mother in Law. She told me she has a brand new sewing machine that she's only used one time and offered to give it to me. I wasn't sure at first but after thinking about it for a couple of days I accepted the very generous offer.

I know this is totally a boasting post but I don't care! I'm super excited to say I now own a BERNINA SEWING MACHINE!! With a red case!! Both are beautiful and it sews like a dream!

Here is a picture of Mr. Bernina. (At the bottom)

Thank you so much Sherry! It's a wonderful gift. I'm so excited!

Okay, ttfn! I'm off to make something awesome!

7 comments:

Bearded Lady said...

OH man! I would be jumping up and down and dancing!! That is SO Awesome and you have every right to brag! Hello Mr.Bernina nice to meet you, I look forward to seeing all the fancy stuff you can do. Congrats Lady!

Felicia said...

Congrats! Bernina's are the best :o)

My mom has sewn around the world several times on her Bernina, and it's the only brand I considered when I bought mine. Now if I could just get a Bernina serger...

Amy N. said...

My Mom had a bernina (well, she still has it) and adores it. Even 20 years later. What a treasure!

Kate said...

I loved my bernina - still have it, even though I burnt out the motor. i have machine envy. also, I find it funny that your machine is a dude. I dont know why - mine have always been ladies - :)

Hoovy4 said...

Will it cut out your fabric for you? I mean, if it's a guy, it's bound to try to solve your problems!
Happy sewing!

Sunshower said...

Your welcome, Dedra. Very. I'm so happy to read what you have written...made me cry happy tears.
You so deserve a GOOD machine and one you dreamed of with the quality of work you do.:-) Family sharing is a super blessing. And you are loved.
I've got a piece I missed giving you-it's a plastic goodie-can't remember what it's for-but your manual will tell you-may be a quilting thing?---I'll mail it to you.
Ken said you had lots of fun with it today:-)....hope that's JUST THE BEGINNING of great things for you.
Bye for now-again-luv ya---Sherry

Sunshower said...

"You're" ...not "your" LOL...I "DID" used to get A's in English!:-)

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