Last Christmas my husband got me a brand new sewing machine and I had a few features I really wanted. I've been sewing for 47 years and this was only my fourth machine so I wanted a few things I was used to or yearned for. I wanted a walking foot, a quarter inch foot, an automatic buttonhole feature, a powerful machine that would do my home sewing and piecing. I didn't need quilting aspects as I have a Longarm. And I wanted to be able to write things, not fancy embroidery, just a simple alphabet mode. I selected a Bernina 380 and I love it. Even better, Bernina financed it at 0% and it is now all mine, I own the whole darn thing. Yippee!
I have used all the features I wanted and then some. (I have to admit, I have not mastered the self threading. Maybe it's vanity, I don't have any trouble threading my needles. Yet!) I took lessons on my machine but missed the one on the alphabet feature. I decided to teach myself because as I make the months which mark Zara's progression through her first year I wanted to be able to write M O N T H S underneath the big numbers. I really should have gone to that lesson because it took me a couple of hours to read the manual, try it out, screw it up, think I had it, learn it but spell the word wrong and then finally master it. I have a picture of the word on her 4 month bib but it is a bit blurry but you can get the idea.
Big deal, you are thinking, what else could I use that for? Fine, I have mainly used it for bibs but the other day I wore my dark blue Lands End pants when I thought I was wearing the black. And I did it twice in one week! I decided to write B L U E in the waistband. And I did and it's terrific, simply terrific.
Enjoy your machine and your new one, see if it can't write for you!
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