I have to admit I am a Bernina snob but hey the reason being is that is all I know. Bernina owners love their Bernina Sewing Machines and rarely part with them. So when this little gem came up on Gumtree I snatched up that baby sight unseen after asking a lot of questions. I’m sure the seller thought I was crazy with all the questions as she was not a sewer and had inherited the machine from her aunt. So here are my good reasons for buying a Vintage Bernina.
- First of all these machines are solidly built in the family owned company in Switzerland and today also have a Thailand facility still run and owned by the family. The machines seem to be thoughtfully designed and crafted by people who actually sew.
- No need to get out a screwdriver to attach walking feet
- Sturdy metal feet with ease of changing feet
- Straight stitch and zig zag on this is all I need.
- Sews over several layers of material without a blink. I can’t wait to try vinyl and leathers.
- Never lets you down and is up to every task.
- Works like a tank and purrs like a Porsche
When looking for a Vintage Bernina you may find them in Op shops, second-hand shops, gumtree or even your sewing machine dealer but don’t buy a sewing machine that shows signs of a hard life. Chips in paint, rust or missing parts are signs to move on. Limited chipping on the machine bed is acceptable as are easily replaced universal parts like bobbin case or motor belts and you always want to make sure the foot pedal is still there. A bonus is the manual.
Its the quality of the Bernina mechanism that makes all Berninas last so long and provide such a good stitch where it never lets you down and makes sewing even more of a pleasure.
Above is the original advertising brochure that came with my baby who by the way has now being named ‘Penny’ because that is what she cost me. My advice when looking for a new machine is consider a vintage sewing machine that is all metal and not plastic. It doesn’t have to be a Bernina just a good old solid machine……we don’t always need all the fancy bells and whistles to achieve a great project whether its dressmaking, soft furnishings or quilting.