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It seems the more "modern" machines advance to become computer driven and pre-programmed, producing die-cut perfection in their abilities, the more I feel that real skill is taken from the Quiltmaker, and atrributed rather to the machine, instead of the person driving it! Click the highlighted name to view any associated blog post to learn more about each machine and how they came to abide with me. Featherweight Fanatics Antiques of a Mechanical Nature Sewing Machines at Ruby Lane Sewing Machine Collector Sewing machine Dating charts for Singer Machines ID Your Singer Model Singer Decals Bob Campbell's Guild to Toy Sewing Machines Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog Care and Maintenance of Treadle Base Machine Conversion and Tubing Belt Cleaning and Refurbishing of Singer Machines ((66 & 99)) Info on VS, 127, 128 Singers Trade Literature from the Smithsonian --fascinating!

The fancier the machines get, and the more expensive their add-ons and abilities, the more I want to run to my vintage friends, leaving the wonder-machines to those who want to live in the modern world. Ugly Betty Singer 301A, short bed 1951 Serial # NA289792 Poor Ugly Betty was a gift from friend who discovered her at a flea market after having spent all winter outdoors under a tarp! Gracie Singer 99, 1941 This one has the "godzilla" finish and was found in her decal adorned cabinet at a second hand store in Kernersville, NC! Edie Singer 301A, long bed, 1951 Serial # NA156809 Edie is a tan long bed, found at the Quilter's Unlimited show in Chantilly, VA where I was teaching June 2009.

It doesn't come with a million fancy stitching options but I don't use them anyway.

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Since I’ve been sewing old-school for so long, it’s going to take me a little while to learn all the bells and whistles on a 21st century, up-to-date sewing machine model.

I’m taking classes at my local Bernina dealer (highly recommended no matter what sewing machine model you have).

Therefore, the following dates can be considered to be "close".

These dates and the information in this table relied heavily on many others' research for which I am deeply indebted, as well as my own.

It is a great resource full of all kinds of sewing tutorials and projects. I have been sewing on a Bernina – mainly this one – my whole sewing life.

From the time I took sewing lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a kid where I made things like corduroy burmuda shorts or boxy Hawaiian print shirts that looked like something Magnum PI would wear, I’ve been sewing on a Bernina.

The reason for all this hoopla is that I am partnering with Bernina USA to review this beautiful Bernina 710 machine and as a contributor to the We All Sew Blog.

If you haven’t been to the We All Sew blog, you should stop by for a visit.

They often have pretty good basic machines (usually "Brother") on sale at Fust, Coop, Manor, etc. If you are OK with making your curtains and pillow cases from something normal like curtain & upholstery fabric, they should do the job just fine.