Hi, Just thought I would share my pain. Last night I had to finally put my Bernina 1260 out of it's misery. I purchased the sewing machine in the early 90's when I worked for a dealer who made ends meet by doing custom dressmaking and alterations. She allowed me to purchase it at her wholesale price. Even with that wonderful discount it was the biggest purchase I ever made alone, aside from my first car. 6 or 7 years ago I had the computer in it replaced and it kept on chugging. Last night the computer went again and I can not see putting another 6 or 7 hundred dollars into a 20 year old machine if it is even possible. I am still friends with my former employer and two years ago she had a great sale price on a Bernina 220. While it is a nice little machine and even does more than my 1260 it is by no means the same quality machine. The price was right only a little more than I paid to have the computer replaced in the old girl so I purchased it and stowed it away for a rainy day. Last night it poured. I was desperately trying to finish a baby quilt for a niece's baby shower that I will not be able to attend. Before I could finish the final part of the machine quilting on the project my old workhorse died. I had to breakdown my whole sewing setup and drag out my new machine. I have only used it once and that was last fall at a retreat. It took me more than an hour to set it up and go through the instruction manual enough to figure out how to recreate the decorative stitch I was using on the other machine before it died.
I will be able to give the finished quilt to my brother to deliver to the shower for his step-daughter this afternoon as I will see him at another event. I am glad I won't be able to see my neice's reaction to the gift as I might have to wring her neck if she doesn't like it. Aside from my daughter none of my relatives appreciate my quilting. To put the icing on the cake, my serger needs to go into the shop on monday.