My first sewing machine was given to me by my mother-in-law back in 2001. It was a Bernina 801 Sport. It had been her travel machine, but she upgraded long ago.
I didn’t use it much at the time. But when I had my daughter in 2004, I had such a great time making ruffle pants and dresses.
Then in 2016, I saw a new fabric collection from Lori Holt called Cozy Christmas that I just had to have! I purchased a layer cake and decided that I needed to make a quilt. My first quilt was the free Layer Cake Lemonade quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.
Fast forward to today and I’m not sure how many quilts I’ve made! My Bernina machine was such a great workhorse. It had limited stitches and the workspace was only around 8”, which made it difficult to quilt the larger throws I was making. Then just a few weeks ago, facing a time crunch for a quilt I was testing for My Sew Quilty Life, it just died. There was going to be a 2 to 3 week wait for it to be serviced and I needed a machine right then! I didn’t know where to start. My Bernina had been a wonderful machine, but the new ones were quite costly. In November, I completed the Quilter’s Candy pattern writing course and remembered that Elizabeth had a Baby Lock. I went to her site and found she had a great post about Picking The Perfect Sewing Machine. (It’s still available, go check it out!) She has a Crescendo and the features are so awesome! However, they are no longer made. I just happened to look on Facebook Marketplace and sure enough, a Crescendo had just been posted 2 days before! It was nearby and an amazing deal. (I did get lots of pics, proof of maintenance record, etc) My husband and I picked it up the next day and I have been loving it ever since.
If you can find a Baby Lock Crescendo, go for it! Or if you are in the market for a new machine, Baby Lock replaced the Crescendo with the Chorus. I have a friend who has the Destiny and she also has really enjoyed it.
Now, someday I’m hoping to buy a Sashiko. I love big stitching, but it hurts my hands. This is a big wish list item! Maybe some day...
What kind of machine do you have? Do you love it? Do you recommend it to others?