After we had been married for 3 months, my husband bought me a used Singer sewing machine for my birthday.
It's made entirely of metal and weighs 50 pounds! It's been a great machine. I sewed all my kid's clothes on it until my oldest daughters, when they were in 2nd grade, asked if they could just have store bought clothes. It sews fancy stitches with the turn of a dial, it ruffles, does button holes, and has other attachments that make sewing a breeze. There is one thing it doesn't have and that's a bobbin case cover. It's been lost for the past 20 years! It's hard to sew without it because the fabric gets caught in the bobbin.
Last week, my hubs noticed that if you "test drive" a new Bernina, you can enter to win a BMW. He thought it was worth checking it out. We arrived at the Bernina store on Saturday with not only a desire to check out a new sewing machine, but get that chance to win a new car!
After the saleslady showed us all the features of the machine, I sewed on it. It did straight stitiching, zig-zag, fun and fancy stitches and I tried out all the electronic features. It was awesome, however, I realized that the only thing the new machine had that mine doesn't have is a bobbin case cover! (OK, that's an exaggeration)
We walked away from the store without a new sewing machine but with our names put in for a car! If we get lucky, I may just buy the machine!