I just finished reviewing my vintage and antique sewing machines, but there are still some modern machines left in my collection. These would count as sewing machines number 16, 17 and 18, which brings my final count of sewing machines to 18 total! (For now - there are two new-to-me vintage machines in my studio and I haven't yet decided their fate.)
I bought this BERNINA 1080 in 1995 when I was in school sewing non-stop, majoring in Fiber Arts. It was the only sewing machine that could keep up with me - I sewed two machines into the ground before bringing this one home.
Yeah, it's a little bit pimped out, but it has been with me for 17 years. I won't ever get rid of this machine, it still sews wonderfully, and it always has my back.
And this is my second BERNINA, a 440QE that I bought in 2005. This is my go-to quilting machine, I bought the big extension bed the first of this year, and it is wonderful! The 440QE also converts to a home embroidery machine, and is how I got my start in machine embroidery. Which brings me to...
The Happy Voyager 12 needle embroidery machine, AKA Mr. Happy. I bought this machine in 2007 when I was really getting into machine embroidery. With 12 needles and speeds up to 1,000 stitches per minute, Mr. Happy makes short work of most embroidery jobs. Plus it just LOOKS cool - my husband thinks it looks like a space ship and often refers to it as The Enterprise. It does kind of sound like it will take off any minute when it is going full speed!
More to come soon on those two new-to-me vintage machines that just arrived soon, they both need work and I haven't yet figured out if they are staying or going.