Some of you will remember that I had a new sewing machine about three years ago, a Bernina 730 with an embroidery module. A whizzy dizzy, all singing, all dancing, very expensive machine. But - and anyone who sews will know what I mean - I never bonded with it. Right from the start it had niggly problems; the needle up/down function on the foot plate didn't work; the knobs fell off; it had to be taken back to the shop countless times because the tension was off. And somehow I never quite trusted it, or really loved it. I always felt that it had been built on a Friday!
So, when DH retired recently, he suggested that I should change my sewing machine now, because funds are likely to be more limited in the future. So I researched. Should I stick with a Bernina or try another make? Should I have another embroidery module? Should I go for a cheaper model? All the usual questions.
In the end I decided to stick with Bernina, I'm familiar with them and I love the features they have. I felt that I had never really used the embroidery module very much so could live without that. And perhaps I would go for a slightly cheaper model. So off I toddled to the dealer intending to look at the 550QE. But then I spied the new 730 model, thought I'd just have a quick look. An hour later I was hooked, no thank you I didn't want to look at the 550 QE after all.
And a month later it arrived! It's a huge beast, with a wonderfully wide throat space and, so far, I'm loving it. So fingers crossed that it continues to please.
I tried to get a photograph that does it justice, but it sits right in front of a window, which is lovely when I'm sewing, but not so great if I'm trying to take a photograph, and having the blind down doesn't really help much either.