My new to me Bernina 707 Minimatic! I have longed for a vintage sewing machine for a while now and could finally afford to get one. I first of all began looking at Singer Featherweights due to their beauty and reputation. However, the prices are kind of crazy at times due to their scarceness and popularity among quilters.
Of course there was no way I could afford a brand new Bernina. So after lots of internet research I came across this Bernina machine on a sewing machine repair services facebook page.
Turns out this little cracker has been reconditioned pretty much - cam gear replaced, bobbin winder rubber and fully serviced too! The foot pedal is the original for the machine( circa 1968-71) also and there is a spiffing wee extension table too. AND to top it all off the price was very reasonable in comparison with some of the greedy eBay sellers!
So she came on next day delivery and I love her to pieces. There is a free online manual for her which clearly showed me how to thread her and what all the levers and switches are for. Her straight stitch is stunning! And she purrs like a kitten. Honestly.
I would never have thought I would have said this but, they really don't make them like this anymore. Oh, and she is heavy as anything but at least I know she is sturdy. The plan is to use her for mainly piecing and use my larger, modern machine for the quilting work.
In other news, the kids are currently off on their Easter break so I haven't been running my classes or getting much daytime sewing done. I have managed another little block for the Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern.
Hadley sent us this gorgeous sewing themed fabric and had us make St Louis 16 patch blocks. If you want to find out more about this really worthwhile cause then click here to visit Lily's Quilts for more info.