When I was 18 years old and in college, I purchased my first sewing machine for $349. It was a Janome. 22 years later, I was still using it. A wonderful machine–it never needed any repairs, and the same machine would cost perhaps $1500-$2000 today. I’m keeping it as a spare. But it was a very basic machine, and I really wanted one with all of the bells and whistles. When I attended some really fabulous sewing conferences a few years ago (put on by Diane Ericson and Marcy Tilton, amazing artists, designers, and wonderful women), just about every attendee loved their sewing machine, and 90% of them were Bernina brand. I love all things Swiss, so I was sold. Last spring I purchased a Bernina 750 QE, and I love it so much. Will it ever pay for itself??? Well…..let’s just not talk about that. But I DID repair my husband’s shirt!
Now I’m going to show you this cool automatic darning feature. Darning….does anybody even do that anymore? Well, no. Clothing has become so inexpensive, that if you damage your clothing–into the trash or ‘donate’ pile it goes. But I had just purchased him this really pretty merino wool shirt from Icebreaker–and he immediately got a hole in it. He said, “Can you fix this?” And I said, “Well, do you remember that really expensive sewing machine I bought? Well, yes. YES, I CAN!” (And now he thinks that machine has paid for itself).
Here is how the feature works. You push the button for the automatic darning. Start sewing. Stop at the distance you want to go. Push the reverse button. And the machine magically does the rest.
And here is the finished result below. Admittedly, this is a wool jersey, and since nobody darns things anymore–people will wonder what that shadow or smudge is… (‘Did he spill grease on his shirt,’ they might wonder). So it’s a shirt to wear around the house, but I’m slowly ‘paying’ off my machine!