my sewing machine. My Bernina has been with me since 2003. I had been sewing on an inexpensive New Home machine which would not allow me to lower the feed dogs for free motion quilting (didn't find that out till I took the class). After that experience, I decided a new machine was really necessary. The 153 was not top of the line, but it was set up for what I wanted to do - quilt. I know a lot of you have Berninas, did you gasp the first time you looked at the sticker price? I still remember being amazed that a sewing machine could cost that much. But the Bernina has been worth every penny! I'm sure it has saved me thousands of dollars by allowing me to avoid those expensive therapy sessions and by reducing my stress has also reduced my medical bills. So it's probably paid for itself by now.
Another favorite is Foot #37, the 1/4 inch foot. It's pretty much the only foot I use and I love it. Using this foot made a big difference in my seam accuracy. Now if the block is supposed to be 12.5" when it's pieced, I can pretty much get a 12.5" block without having to unsew a couple of seams. And since my seam ripper is not one of my favorite things, that's a really good thing.
I don't have a name for my machine, it's just the "Bernina". Last year I bought a new Bernina 830. I wanted to be able to use the stitch regulator and I wanted to try some embroidery as well. The 830 has spent a lot of time in the shop recently, so the older Bernina has been back on my sewing table. In terms of piecing, I'm finding that the 153 is much better at that than the 830 is even with all it's wonderful capabilities. I wish I had room to keep both machines out, then maybe I'd actually do some embroidery!
That's it for FTF for me this week. Hop over to Quilting in My Pyjamas for more favorite things.